University of Reading: PGCE Secondary Art and Design

InstitutionUniversity of Reading
Department Institute of Education
Web https://www.reading.ac.uk
Study type Taught

Summary

This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Art & 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 train you to be high quality, flexible teachers.

Our 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.

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 career.

You will benefit from our collaborations with a range of arts organisations such as Freelands Foundation and 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.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.

**Placements**

Develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience.

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 settings 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 the observation of other teachers, planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups, planning and teaching 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.

**School Direct**

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 for 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 Masters-level credits.

**Careers**

The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy confident and well-informed individuals. Or you could take your educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

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