University of Reading: PGCE Secondary Design and Technology

InstitutionUniversity of Reading
Department Institute of Education
Study type Taught


This Post Graduate Certificate 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.

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.

Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. 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.

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 "particular strength in Design & Technology was classroom management and organisation with due regard to health and safety."

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.


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 80 schools in the local and surrounding area.

On a 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 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, and 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.


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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