About this course
What is a PGCE?
The PGCE is the Postgraduate or Professional Certificate in Education, which you can take at any time after completing your first degree. It is a one-year full-time course after which you become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
The Postgraduate Certificate includes modules at Masters level which may count towards a further Masters award. We agree your award whilst you train with us.
Our PGCE programmes are designed to develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside your hands-on classroom experience.
Subject knowledge is only a part of teaching; finding creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand is the key. We prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching and knowledge base to a level which can be trialled in your placement. All our secondary PGCE courses meet the requirements for the professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in a school.
This is an exciting subject and an exciting time to be a member of a school design and technology team. This course is your opportunity to equip young people to understand and enjoy technologies that dont even exist yet and also enjoy those that are fast developing.
We specialise in Materials Technology which is the designing and making of products in metal, plastic and wood. Wherever possible we use project-based Design and Technology teaching, reflecting real identified needs and following the format of a design process. Due to the hands-on nature of this course, your degree should include a significant element of design and technology, such as product design or engineering, and your skills should be adaptable.
The course includes specialised topics tailored to your needs and you will be able to broaden your skills and knowledge base to become a competent and confident design and technology teacher.
Enhancement and booster course
If your degree does not have sufficient subject content, you can take additional training
before your initial teacher training. There is currently a funded short booster course and longer enhancement course available locally and nationally for Design and Technology. Please see the Training and Development Agency for Schools website for further detailswww.tda.gov.uk
For information on early years, education and youth work related courses and to help you decide which is right for you, seewww2.hud.ac.uk/edu/docs/School_brochure_2010.pdf
To help you decide which teaching course if right for you, seewww2.hud.ac.uk/edu/flowcharts/teaching_flowchart.pdf
For information about the School of Education and Professional Development see www.hud.ac.uk/edu
We offer support to enable trainee secondary school teachers to become familiar with a wide range of machinery, power and hand tools and to become confident in relevant manufacturing processes.Our equipment is held in three rooms; a design studio, a CNC room and a design technology workshop.
Traditional drawing equipment, light boards, projection units, visualiser.
Specialist computers with CAD/CAM software
Scanning and printing
Systems and control equipment - hydraulics, pneumatics, electrics and electronic component stock
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) room
Computer controlled manufacturing machines.
CNC laser cutter and engraver.
Sign cutters/plotters, vertical machining centre, training computer lathe, CNC router (three-dimensional profiling of wood) CNC engraver/cutter, engraving of metals, plastic laminates, printed circuit boards.
Design Technology/Engineering workshops
Wood preparation - surface planer/thicknesser, circular saw, band saw, scroll saws, portable power saws
Jointing - chisel morticer, dovetail and finger joint jigs, routers
Wood turning lathe
Wood finishing - sander, finishers
Traditional hand wood working tools
Preparation - power saw, pedestal and portable grinders, centre lathes, milling machine
Machining - centre lathes and milling machines
Processes using hand tools - marking out, cutting, shaping
Sheet metal working - preparation, bending/rolling/shaping, pipe and tube benders, presses, strip, bar and rod shaping, casting, heat jointing and heat treatment of metals
Plastics - oven, line bender/strip heater, injection moulder, vacuum formers, trimmer table, buffer/polisher
Printed circuit board manufacture - PCB guillotine, UV light exposure unit and developer/bubble etch tank.
Our PGCE trainees produce displays at the end of the course to demonstrate to our External Examiners the quality of the work they have produced with their students.
* A first degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant design and technology subject (unless supported by other relevant design and technology experience and/or qualifications).
* An enhancement course is available to boost your subject knowledge.
* A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in Mathematics and English (we may be able to offer you an equivalency test in Mathematics and English if you do not meet this requirement. Details available at interview.)
* The ability to speak, read and write well in English.
* Criminal Records Bureau, General Teaching Council and medical checks. There is a charge (currently £44 at April 2011 - subject to change) for the criminal records bureau clearance check. You don't need to do anything before you apply; we will let you know what you need to do during the application process.
* These are the usual entry requirements; however those with different or older qualifications should not be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
* Trainees with appropriate industrial experience are encouraged to apply.
*If you acquired a degree overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, along with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
If you are not sure if teaching is the career for you, we offer robust interviews which give a strong indication of those who will enjoy teaching. If you do not have experience in schools, you should make sure that you gain some experience.
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