Bath Spa University

PGCE Secondary Art and Design

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring art and design teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools. 

This programme utilises the excellent art facilities at Bath Spa including specialist art studios, library and grounds. Close integration between University and school-based programme components provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of art and design education at secondary level.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

University Element 

The University element includes a full programme of studio-based activities including two-dimensional work, sculptural techniques, ceramics, puppetry, printmaking, textiles, photography, multimedia. University based work builds both specialist and cross curricular competence within the framework of the National Curriculum and external examination requirements for art and design.

We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

School Training

The school-based element will develop a practical grasp of the National Curriculum requirements for art and design at Key Stages 3 and 4. The programme will enable you to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16. There are opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range. It will also give you the opportunity to develop innovative approaches to art and design education through participating in cross-curricular projects with other subject specialisms, designing and implementing stimulating curriculum resources.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Course modules

University Element 

The University element includes a full programme of studio-based activities including two-dimensional work, sculptural techniques, ceramics, puppetry, printmaking, textiles, photography, multimedia. University based work builds both specialist and cross curricular competence within the framework of the National Curriculum and external examination requirements for art and design.

We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

School Training

The school-based element will develop a practical grasp of the National Curriculum requirements for art and design at Key Stages 3 and 4. The programme will enable you to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16. There are opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range. It will also give you the opportunity to develop innovative approaches to art and design education through participating in cross-curricular projects with other subject specialisms, designing and implementing stimulating curriculum resources.

Assessment methods

Your development is facilitated through continued studio practice across a wide range of media as well as through the building of professional generic skills during the University based elements of the programme. A comprehensive series of seminars and workshops provides the opportunity to extend understanding of a range of pedagogical methodologies within art and design, through a reflective approach to your own practice.

School-based work is central to the programme and a variety of school phases are provided in order to give you a broad experience of art and design education. This aspect of the programme involves a range of school phases which enables you to build confidence and competence across the whole period of the programme, participating in the pastoral and extra-curricular aspects of school life as well as being active within the art department.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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