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What makes PGCE Secondary Design and Technology at Worcester so special?

The university has been training teachers in this field since it was first established and the course has continually developed to be at the forefront of current thinking.

  • Benefit from a practical and collaborative course at the forefront of current thinking.
  • Specialise in Food or Textiles whilst ensuring you have the skills to effectively teach each subject.
  • Learn from tutors as they model effective teaching strategies: understand how to learn in groups; discuss and present ideas; reflect on the effectiveness of each strategy.
  • Explore Designing and making as social activities in a creative environment and with a supportive network of trainees.

Key features

  • Consider how to teach design and technology and food preparation and nutrition, why it should be taught and what inspires and motivates young people
  • Know what effective learning and teaching looks like
    • engage with a range of design and technology activities
    • reflect on your own learning and explore research evidence.
  • Discuss current issues within design and technology education
  • Develop your own subject knowledge and reflect on what it is to be ‘innovative’
  • Understand how to equip young people to become the designers and innovators of the future

NB: Design and Technology (Food and Textiles) is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, in a food or textiles related subject
  • Grade C at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
  • 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable, but not essential.

For further information contact s.wood-griffiths@worc.ac.uk

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

Visit the Department for Education for more information.

Skills Tests Workshops

Successful applicants can register for our free Skills Tests Workshops

For further information, please email c.rowlands@worc.ac.uk

Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

This book may help with planning and preparation for the tests.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Further develop your own subject knowledge, linked to the school context, through designing and making in collaborative groups
  • Opportunities to engage with subject networks and associations.
  • Present to peers within and beyond the University. 
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (in 2015 all trainees had secured employment in schools by September); our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services

Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Why do a PGCE at Worcester?

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

  • Sue Wood-Griffiths

    Sue joined the university in 2003, having had extensive teaching experience in secondary schools throughout the UK and abroad. During her time teaching in schools she held a variety of responsibilities including heading departments, co-ordinating careers and vocational guidance and acting as a subject mentor for student teachers. Sue has contributed to popular books on subject teaching and mentoring.

    As Design and Technology (Food and Textiles) tutor at the university Sue aims to develop confident, capable and creative teachers who can inspire their pupils to engage with exciting, relevant and innovative design and technology activities.

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects (100% in 2015)
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
  • 2014 graduate won Outstanding Secondary NQT at The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership Showcasing Excellence – Outstanding in Education Awards 2015
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2016/17: Up to £12,000 may be available.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport and sometimes, these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

You will need to buy some protective clothing to wear for practical work (apron, overall or chefs jacket). You will also be expected to purchase materials and ingredients to make the products you will be teaching pupils to make.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources. 

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS TEACHER TRAINING CODE:

W9XD

Apply now via UCAS
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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?

 

Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.

 

Subjects offered:
mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography

 

Find out about the bursary.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Secondary PGCE Office

secondary@worc.ac.uk

Personal Academic Tutor

Sue Wood-Griffths
s.wood-griffths@worc.ac.uk
01905 855244