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Bath Spa University

Secondary Design and Technology

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 design and technology 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.

The National Curriculum requires all pupils to study Design and Technology to the age of 14 with the option to continue their studies to GCSE level. Most schools employ a range of specialists to deliver the curriculum so prospective teachers need to be able to teach in one of these main Product Design specialisms and be prepared to teach the others to younger pupils:

  • Textiles Technology
  • Resistant Materials (wood, metal and plastics)
  • ECT (electronics and communications technology)
  • Food Technology

Design and Technology teachers share a common understanding of the philosophy of designing and making. This coherent approach is what makes the Design and Technology experience for pupils and teachers so exciting and rewarding. The PGCE programme develops this approach through working together, irrespective of specialism, for many components of the University programme.

Through this approach the programme provides you with the opportunity to enhance your own expertise whilst exploring a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment within your specialist areas.

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.

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

The programme has two key components, study based at the University and teaching phases based in school. The work undertaken at the University consists of taught sessions that explore approaches to teaching and learning in the different aspects of Design and Technology. By their very nature many of these sessions are delivered as practical ‘hands on’ sessions which also offer the chance to enhance your subject knowledge.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 40 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 13,300 (Whole course) International 40 Weeks

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