PGCE Secondary Design and Technology


Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology
Institute for Education
Taught by
Bath College
Course length
One year full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W9X1
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 Design and Technology teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme.

  • Design and technology has never been more relevant – products and technological innovations appear daily.
  • Excellent employment prospects – good teachers in this subject are always in demand.

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 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 support from my mentor and other staff on both school phases was invaluable. There were so many skills I learnt during the programme that it would be hard to write them all down.

Sam Fawcett, PGCE Secondary Design and Technology 2011

What you'll learn


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.

Course structure

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.

How will I be assessed?

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).

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’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in a subject that relates closely to one of the specialisms within Design and Technology.

A degree that relates reasonably well might also be acceptable if you already have good practical skills that cover the types of processes used in school. 

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

It is very important that you have seen Design and Technology recently in at least one good department, as the subject has changed a great deal in the last ten years.

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.

Get ahead

Experience observing and/or working in schools is recommended and will enhance your application.

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

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