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Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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The aim of the PGCE in Secondary Education: Design and Technology (Food and Textiles) course at Birmingham City University is to develop capable and articulate teachers who can inspire children to combine designing and practical skills with knowledge and understanding.
The course seeks to develop committed, confident and dynamic teachers with a passion for their subject in an environment that offers top quality facilities, including modern food preparation areas and textile amenities.
We believe that Design and Technology, a subject that has been identified by the Government as a “shortage subject”, is an exciting subject that allows pupils to be innovative and creative if they are taught by teachers who can motivate.
There is the option to take some modules at Masters level (Level 7).
This is a professional teacher training course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It is available at both Level 6 (H) and Level 7 (M).
The course has been graded as "outstanding" by Ofsted and described as a "well structured, highly coherent programme" which includes key strengths in "the attention given to trainee' personal well-being and the quality of the 'wrap-around' support they receive" and "trainees' outstanding ability to critically evaluate their own work to secure their own progress" (Ofsted 2010).
Our facilities are second-to-none and include a new, dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles and a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work.
All students are guaranteed outstanding support from both their tutors at the University – all of whom have been exceptional classroom teachers themselves – and from the partnership secondary schools, of which there are more than 200 across the Midlands.
Two thirds of the course takes place in school and we ensure that students are offered a number of placements in a wide range of educational establishments – at least two different schools, plus visits to other schools, including a primary school – so valuable experience is gained in a variety of settings.
Students will have both serial and block placements and will be assigned a trained mentor, who will support and guide students’ work, as well as provide training and feedback.