The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE Design Technology course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time for a limited number of applicants.
Successful candidates are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.
Our partnership believes that offering pupils the opportunity to engage in design fosters curiosity, enquiry and creativity enabling them to use cross curricular skills learned in other subject disciplines such as Maths, Science and English to solve genuine everyday problems through designing, making and evaluating products. Together university teacher educators and excellent classroom practitioners share their enthusiasm and professional knowledge of how to best to engage, support and enthuse your pupils in developing their practical skills and understanding of the design process.
You are encouraged to take an active role in your own professional learning by developing secure knowledge of your main and a second strand of the Design Technology curriculum whilst gaining an overview other areas though our pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (SKE) and through your work in DT classrooms on placement. University and school-based sessions are practical and give you an opportunity to develop your own skills within a supportive workshop context as well offering perspectives and strategies on a range of different teaching issues relevant to your subject.
Integrating education theory and practice and encouraging critical reflection on approaches to learning and teaching is key to the Sussex approach. Excellent teachers from partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.
You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.
Thereafter our full-time candidates spend Monday to Thursday each week training in one of our partnership schools and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, practical workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors.
Part-time candidates also attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school.
Over the course you will be placed in two different schools and will be required to successfully complete both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.