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What makes PGCE - Secondary - Art and Design at Worcester special?

Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

Throughout your studies at Worcester, you will consider what it means to be an outstanding teacher of Art and Design. This course will enable you with the skills and experience to become confident in delivering Art and Design to 11-18 year-olds. Additionally, you can expect to explore the current concepts and issues in art and design education, develop and extend your own subject knowledge and gain invaluable experience of learning and teaching in the classroom.



  • 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
  • develop your professional network through the subject association
  • Learn experientially through a series of practical workshops
  • Consider how to use gallery visits to extend pupils’ learning
  • The opportunity to experience a National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) conference.

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

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 tests 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 the 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:

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.

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

Subject knowledge with a deep understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors
  • Develop confident subject knowledge and an understanding of how best to teach this
  • Understand how pupils learn in art and design
  • Work in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice
  • Work collaboratively with peers to explore the teaching of art and design
  • Participate in focused taught sessions, suggested reading, and activities to undertake with peers
  • You will be fully prepared to teach the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level art and design.

Specialist subject opportunities

  • Access subject association meetings and resources
  • Learn to consider innovative ways to make art and design memorable and exciting in the classroom
  • Develop your skills in understanding how to enhance pupils’ learning through a range of opportunities to work with a cross-curricular approach, and with local arts organisations.


  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of teaching styles and ways to organise a classroom.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Develop adaptive teaching strategies to respond to the unique needs in a range of contexts, leveraging the diversity inherent in schools.
  • Be informed by the research and evidence about effective teaching at a general level before applying this knowledge to subject-specific approaches
  • Learn the expectations, standards and behaviours which are appropriate to the profession and the wider responsibilities of a teacher.

Enhancement activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: PSHE and Citizenship, Developing a Second Subject, English as an Additional Language, Education in Climate Emergency, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Research in Education or Technology Enhanced Learning.  In addition we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme 

School Experience

  • 120 days school experience in our partnership schools which are spread across the region. Experience in two schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your Career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to ECT (Early Career Teacher) and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

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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.


  • Full time – September – July (3 terms)


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.


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.

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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles. The partnership team includes teachers working in our partnership schools.

Simon Huson

Simon Huson

Simon is the subject lead for the Secondary PGCE Art and Design, he also has responsibility for the Art and Design component of the Further Education PGCE programme. Prior to joining the University as a Senior Lecturer in 2021, Simon was Head of Art at Monmouth School for Girls.

Simon contributes over 25 years of teaching and middle management experience across all phases of education, including as a secondary Head of Art and Design, and 13 years as a Senior Lecturer on the PGCE Art and Design programme at UWE Bristol.

Currently, as well as teaching Simon has his own art practice involving painting, illustration, ceramics, and stained glass.


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

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 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 students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £14,100 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.

Some 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.  


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply now

Applications for PGCE courses should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

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

Course code - L080

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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