PGCE Secondary Design and Technology
Address all aspects of design and technology, gain experience with placement opportunities, and develop the skills and knowledge to teach design and technology at secondary level on our PGCE Secondary Design and Technology.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary (Design and Technology) 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 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. Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
The course leader is a DATA Health and Safety consultant and will train you on how to use a range of machinery - this was commented on in a recent external examiners report giving particular strength in Design & Technology to 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 PGCE 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 day-to-day workings in 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.
Climate and sustainability education
- 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.
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. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.
At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 90 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 PGCE course, you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups — ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting, but the third can be taken in a different setting, allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment.
We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of contexts and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums and charities.
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 other teachers
- planning and teaching small groups and whole classes
- planning and teaching elements of lessons and whole lessons
- reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
- receiving feedback on your teaching
- gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.
We also have created custom-built spaces for teaching, including:
- well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practice of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
- studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk screen, as well as a clay oven and 3D printers.
98% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Education).
This subject is also available via School Direct as well as the University-based route. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions.
Those taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively, and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 master's-level credits.
For more information, please see the Institute of Education website.