This Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Design and Technology leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
You will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to design and technology teaching and explore all aspects of secondary design and technology, including specialist expertise in areas such as textiles, resistant materials, electronics, food technology and graphics.
Your tutors have national reputations as experts in the field of design technology education and art and design education, and as subject specialists in school. The course involves both a practical and theoretical approach, to enable you to reach your potential as a fully qualified teacher.
You will learn through a series of practical seminars and workshops in purpose-built design studios with extensive resources and equipment as well as in school workshop spaces. This approach has regularly been praised by the programme’s external examiner.
The course leader is a DATA Health and Safety consultant and will train you on how to use a range of machinery - a recent external examiner commented “particular strength in Design & Technology was classroom management and organisation with due regard to health and safety”.
Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers, including work with Art and Design trainees
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visits to schools or other education settings
- visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest such as The Pitt Rivers, MERL and Reading Museum (e.g. materials handling)
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
For food technology sessions we use the excellent facilities in one of local partner schools to train our teachers in the food technology kitchens.
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
Alongside the University tutors, you will also be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
The University of Reading has a National Climate Education Action Plan which prepares its Student Teachers to effectively incorporate climate and sustainability education within their teaching.
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