PGCE Secondary Art and Design
Our PGCE Secondary Art and Design enables you to address all aspects of art and design, gain experience on placements, and develop the skills and knowledge to teach art and design at secondary level.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Art and Design course 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 be taught by staff with national reputations as experts in the field of art and design in education, and together you will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to art teaching. We will train you to be high-quality, flexible teachers.
Our incredible purpose-built art and design studios with extensive resources and equipment will provide the setting for you to address all aspects of secondary art and design, including specialist expertise in areas such as digital art, textiles, photography, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, contemporary and historical studies.
University-based teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers, including joint sessions with PGCE Design and Technology 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, the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Reading Museum
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies.
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.
You will benefit from our collaborations with a range of arts organisations such as Freelands Foundation and the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD). We regularly invite visitors from examination boards to talk about working with exam boards, marking and moderating. We have strong links with the University's School of Arts and Communication Design.
We work closely with our partnership schools, and have alumni regularly bringing school groups in for activities such as The Big Draw.
Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
School placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Your school placements will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.
At Secondary level we have strong relationships with schools in the local and surrounding area. It is a testament to the strength of these partnerships and the regard with which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.
On your Secondary course, you will carry out school placements in contrasting contexts — ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting, but there is also the opportunity for a third, which can be taken in a different setting, allowing you to experience teaching and learning in an alternative environment.
You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:
- observation of experienced teachers
- planning and teaching small groups and whole classes
- planning and teaching elements of lessons, whole lessons and sequences of lessons
- reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
- receiving feedback on your teaching
- gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.
Climate and sustainability education
Across all of our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes at the Institute of Education, you will learn about:
- what is happening to our climate, how to help children learn about climate and sustainability in an age-appropriate and accessible way, and how to develop your own positioning as a teacher
- climate justice, the impact of current and future changes to our environment and climate on ourselves and others and implications for teachers
- how to translate knowledge and theory into change and personal action through building climate and sustainability education into your planning, teaching, and children’s learning.
Visit Partnering for the Planet to find out more about the University of Reading’s world-leading work in climate science.
98% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Education).
For more information, please visit the Institute of Education website.