PGCE Secondary Design and Technology with QTS

The PGCE Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is designed for graduates who want to teach design and technology in secondary schools. This discipline is an exciting subject for creative individuals who enjoy designing, making and working with innovative materials and technology.

This PGCE course will equip you to become a confident, knowledgeable and innovative secondary design and technology teacher. A variety of learning and teaching methods are used to simulate the secondary classroom experience. These include demonstration, discussion, collaboration, micro-teaching, problem solving and presenting. These experiences will help you develop your communication skills which are vital to classroom success and effective learning and teaching. Central to the PGCE course is your personal professional development. You will be actively engaged in reflection on practice during school placement and beyond as you seek employment and prepare for Newly Qualified Teacher Induction and Early Professional Development.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology with QTS modules:

  • Initial Professional Development
  • Research in D&T Education Applied
  • Research in D&T Education



The Secondary PGCE course is organised into two distinct areas - University-based study and school-based experience. Normally, student teachers either attend university or are on school placement, five days a week.

University based study: During these twelve weeks you will concentrate on the study of design and technology in relation to the school curriculum.

Opportunities for further skills development will be provided in a workshop context paying significant attention to health and safety considerations. Practical applications in your specialist subject will be developed in line with school practice and policy. You will also be introduced to a wide range of current issues, including Inclusion and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, which complement the main curriculum.

Significant attention will be given to child welfare issues, including child protection, and related school policies and procedures. In addition, you will engage with research at Masters Level.

To enhance employability, you will also have the opportunity to take the Health and Hygiene Certificate and the Workshop Health and Safety Certificate. 

School based experience: 22 weeks of the course are spent on block school experience in two partnership secondary schools where you will gain experience at Key stages 3 and 4. Prior to each stage of school focused activity, you will undertake directed observation tasks which will support your knowledge of school policies and practice.

School mentors work in partnership with university tutors to ensure that you gain a developing knowledge and understanding of assessment for learning, and behaviour for learning strategies to help motivate learners and support your learning.

In Wales, you do not have to take the National Skills tests to be recommended for the award of QTS.







Assessment is based on written assignments and project work as well as practical teaching competence. Assignments will be directly related to work in schools, wherever possible, with opportunities for you to develop your own particular interests within your subject specialism. This will be pursued significantly as part of the research project.


In collaboration with Llanwern High School, workshop facilities are based at the school. This offers an immersive learning experience that will promote your professional development and prepare you to teach secondary education.

On campus, you can learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a new science lab and simulated classrooms, which provide our student teachers with authentic learning opportunities. These learning spaces allow you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.

  • Honours degree or equivalent (2:2 or above) in subjects that include at least 50% design and technology. Other degree subjects may be acceptable where there is substantial subsequent career involvement in resistant materials, micro-electronics, food technology, engineering or textiles. Five GCSEs to include B grades in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent qualifications) See equivalence guidelines. If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).
  • If you wish to apply for the course and you currently hold GCSE C grades in Mathematics or English, you may apply to study the new B grade equivalence modules available at the university. Further information is available at B grades at GCSE for English and Mathematics
  • One week observation in a primary school and one week in a secondary school – this may be completed before or after the interview. See secondary school observation forms and guidance
  • An Enhanced DBS check
  • An interview and successful completion of literacy and numeracy tests at interview

Information for Applicants

This guidance will assist you as you prepare to apply for teaching courses at the University of South Wales.
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Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
Year 1
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
Other: Travel to Placement *
Year 1. Cost is dependent on placement location. SEWCTET pay 10p per mile over and above travel to University.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

There is a high demand for teachers with the PGCE qualification. On qualification, you may apply for teaching posts, both within and outside Wales. Many student teachers proceed to postgraduate study while in their teaching post. Courses include MA Education and MA Leadership & Management.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.