PGCE Secondary Art and Design


Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

PGCE Secondary Art and Design
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W1X1
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

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

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a secondary art and design teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • A culturally diverse, creative and critical approach to teaching art and design.
  • You’ll develop your own practical and critical subject skills.
  • Graduates are frequently invited to apply for positions within placement school art departments.

Teacher taster day and scholarship flyer

Thank you for changing lives

We're giving trainee teachers who start at Bath Spa University this September a £500 Thank You Scholarship for choosing to become a teacher.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, 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.

“I chose this PGCE programme because of the integration between studio based practice and the school phases.”

Jude Maguire, PGCE Secondary Art and Design

What you'll learn


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 training

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.

How will I be assessed?

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.

How will I be taught?

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.



All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.


You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £9,250
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’ll need at least a 2.2 degree in an Art and Design subject e.g. Fine Art, Ceramics, Textiles, Photography or Graphics. History of Art/Cultural Studies graduates will need to demonstrate their abilities in studio practice.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.


You’ll be asked to attend an interview with a portfolio of work. Interviews are structured in groups and will include opportunities to present your interests and experience, a presentation of an art educational topic plus written and numeric tasks. 

Get ahead

We advise that you gain at least two weeks of experience in an educational setting; this will provide you with a good foundation for the programme.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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