PGCE - Secondary - Design and Technology (Food)
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.
- 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.
- 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 is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.
I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.
Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate
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What qualifications will you need?
- Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution, or
equivalent qualification, in design and technology or a related subject.
Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
- Grade C/4 at GCSE in English (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
- Grade C/4 at GCSE in Maths (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry
- School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them
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Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk
If you have lived, studied or worked 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.
Professional 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.
The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.
The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.
Support we offer
We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.
Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.
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What will you study?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding
Specialist Subject Opportunities
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
- 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
- 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 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 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.
Lisa has been teaching Design and Technology in secondary schools for over 20 years. During this time she has specialised in teaching food, but she has also taught textiles, art and computing.
Lisa has been Head of D&T in a local secondary school and also Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for assessment and reporting, pupil progress and data.
After initially qualifying and working as a chef, Sue retrained at Worcester University. Since then she has been teaching for over 20 years, at schools in England and New Zealand.
Since 2009 Sue has been working in a Worcester high school teaching Catering, Food and Textiles. The role has been exciting and challenging, especially in the last few years of developing a new Food Preparation and Nutrition course.
Sue has established a Food cluster group to help support teachers across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire in planning for and moderating the assessment of the new Food course. This networking group has been a real success, supporting teachers both professionally and personally.
Since completing her PGCE at Worcester Hannah has taught in two Black Country high schools teaching 11 to 16 year olds.
Although she is a Textiles specialist, Hannah has developed her skills in teaching all aspects of D&T with experience in teaching Food and Product Design to KS4 and GCSE.
Hannah enjoys finding ways to incorporate the use of technology when teaching Textiles and finding ways for Textiles to be relevant in the new curriculum.
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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How much will it cost?
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in the academic year 2019/20 is £13,300 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 2017/18: Up to £12,000 may be available.
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.
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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).
For full details visit our accommodation page.
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
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You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.
The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.
The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.
For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.
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.
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology, French, geography
Find out about the bursary.