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Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

At Worcester, you'll benefit from a practical and collaborative course at the forefront of current thinking. Learning from tutors as they model effective teaching strategies, you'll understand how to learn in groups, discuss and present ideas and reflect on the effectiveness of each strategy.

You'll explore Art and Design as social activities in a creative environment and with a supportive network of trainees.

Launching September 2021, subject to approval

Overview

Overview

  • Consider how to teach Art and Design, why it should be taught and what inspires and motivates young people
  • Know what effective learning and teaching looks like and therefore to engage with a range of Art and Design activities and reflect on your own learning and explore research evidence
  • Discuss current issues within Art and Design education
  • Develop your own subject knowledge and reflect on what it is to be 'innovative'
  • Understand how to equip young people to become the artists, designers and innovators of the future

NB: Art and Design is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

If you study this course you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for information on eligibility and how much funding may be available to you.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 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/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry. Alternatively, we offer equivalency exams if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses.
  • 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. NB Interviews will continue throughout 2020 and be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

Additional information

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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

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Course content

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. 

Mandatory Modules

  • Meeting the Teacher's standards
  • Developing Learning and Teaching
  • Evidence Informed Teaching

 

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • 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 excellent Library services and first class Firstpoint services.

Contact time

There is no typical week on the PGCE course - every week is different. Your time will predominantly be spent on school placement (a minimum of 120 days). When you are not in school you will be in university attending either subject sessions (typically 180 hours across the course) or professional studies sessions (typically 110 hours across the course). For school direct professional studies is primarily delivered in school.

A typical week in university will be 30 hours face to face taught sessions. Some of these sessions will be in your subject groups (subject sessions are typically 18 hours) and some will be in mixed subject groups (professional studies are typically 12 hours).

Typically, university contact time will be structured around a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods including

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • peer group activities
  • seminars
  • directed reading
  • independent research
  • directed study
  • presentations
  • tutorials
  • fieldwork

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, during the university taught weeks you are expected to undertake personal self-study of around 7 hours per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Self-study time will also be spent planning lessons and assessing pupil work.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • Full time – September – July (3 terms)
  • Part time – September – December (4 terms)

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team who have expertise and knowledge of teaching and learning in schools. Tutors are all experienced teachers and many have worked in advisory roles for local authorities, examination boards and professional associations. The expertise of university tutors is very strong, and informed by recent and relevant pedagogical research. Many tutors have an academic writing profile having written or published books. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles. The partnership team includes teachers working in our partnership schools.

All members of the department are permanent members of staff. All have Qualified Teacher Status and been practicing secondary teachers. All staff are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the HEA or working towards.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, portfolios, and presentations.

You will be assessed in the following ways:

  • 1 Annotated learning resource
  • 1 Reflective commentary
  • 1 Critical literature review
  • 1 Digital presentation
  • 1 Viva voce
  • 1 Electronic portfolio

You will receive feedback assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects to become a teacher
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion to middle leadership and senior leadership within the first few years of teaching
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £13,700 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 have a disability.

Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, trips, 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 (an apron for example).

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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

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 £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

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.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application. 

UCAS Code

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Sue Parker-Morris

Personal Academic Tutor