PGCE Secondary Art & Design with QTS


The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will thoroughly prepare you for the teaching profession.

Following successful completion students are recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The aim of the course is to equip you to become a confident, high quality teacher of Art and Design. Excellent subject knowledge, creativity, imagination, passion for your subject and the enthusiasm to make learning in Art & Design an enjoyable experience for pupils are essential requirements for success.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X5R
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Scholarships and Bursaries

SWW Centre of Teacher Education
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Language Choice:
English   Welsh


  • I’ve gone into teaching because art is the best subject. I love art. My experiences in school could have been better. Art is so expressive and I wanted to develop new skillsets to teach at schools and enable young people to get the best out of it.

    Nicole Watkins

  • Art is a subject that encompasses all subjects such as literacy, numeracy, history, and so on, but in a creative way. I have always wanted to teach as long as I can remember which is funny because I hated school and didn’t want to be a learner. I want to learn from my teachers’ mistakes and be that teacher that inspires others. Sian is so helpful and enthusiastic she takes anxiety away through encouragement and telling you it is going to be worth it.

    Lauren Colborne

  • I worked in summer camps and made friendship connections with learners where I found out I loved teaching, the job satisfaction and knowing you are making a difference. I really enjoyed the School Bridging Week where we put everything we have been taught into action.

    Emma Gardner

  • I did Art Foundation with Coleg Sir Gâr where we were told to go out and do something you have never done before. I went back to my old school and it stuck with me because it was really fun. Art is the subject that is most free. It’s a creative hobby as well as a fun subject.

    Ben Glover

  • Art is the most fun subject that allows you to interpret your own interests in life into art. I did a photography degree where I did workshops as part of my external folder and really enjoyed it. I also want to travel and teaching is done all over the world.

    Holli Abraham

  • Mum’s a teacher, taught by Sian, and said it was the best time she has ever had. I realised that I enjoyed teaching more than focusing on my own work. I enjoy teaching different things and seeing every student doing individual creative work for themselves. My teachers made it dull which makes you want to change that. For me art is never boring – it helps you to develop your own opinions and gain confidence. I also like the informal setting and not being in a lecture theatre.

    Maria Bridger

  • I love art so much. It made me want to pursue it as a career and to pass on my knowledge to the younger generation. With art you continue to learn and learn from everyone you teach. Art is free and you can express your feelings and emotions and put yourself into your work. Every time I am in an art room, I feel relaxed.

    Stephanie Hughes

  • ECSP6001: Principle of teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in the Secondary sector.
  • ECSP7001: Investigating contemporary issues in Secondary education.
  • ECSP7002: Curriculum Development and Enhancement.
  • ECSP6002: Professional Teaching Experience with QTS.

The PGCE Secondary Art and Design programme at Swansea is a supportive, well organised, carefully structured course which places much emphasis on the use of contemporary Art, including Welsh examples. The course works closely with outside agencies such as the Glynn Vivian Gallery, the National Museum Wales, Artes Mundi, the Saatchi Gallery, Tate Modern and Plantasia Tropical Planthouse. You will also have the opportunity to work as an Artist-In-Residence or gain teaching experience in a museum or gallery for a two week period at the end of the programme to increase your employability.

If Welsh is your first language, you will be able to undertake teaching experience placements in Welsh medium schools, have tutorials in Welsh, and receive Tutor lesson observations and both written and verbal feedback in Welsh.

Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE education and training in Wales and geographically, we are well placed to serve the whole of South Wales. We have the best employment rate of all teacher training programmes throughout Wales and the course is taught by high quality staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision, providing training for serving teachers, conducting school inspections, working as consultants and with the Welsh Joint Education Committee to set examination papers and moderate pupils’ GCSE work in schools.

In addition, we have long established English and Welsh medium partnership placements and very experienced, committed school /college mentors. We are also able to offer post course Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

The following bursary is available for entrants with appropriate degrees for 2014-15. These awards are reviewed annually:

  • Honours degree classification of student - 1st
  • Postgraduate secondary course in Art & Design - £3000 

As a postgraduate academic course, the PGCE is assessed through two main components: there are four written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience includes thorough assessment of practical teaching skills.

The written assignments are based around realistic professional teaching tasks which seek to integrate preparation, research and inquiry.

You will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111 at

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected.  The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second-class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline. Level ‘equivalent’ qualifications such as BTEC advanced will also be taken into account.  Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutor named below. 

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you are offered an interview, it would be advantageous to have gained some work experience at a secondary school as a means to gain an understanding of the role of a teacher in your subject area and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career. Recent and relevant experience of working with young people is highly desirable and could include working as a Learning Support Assistant, working in a Pupil Referral Unit, planning and delivering workshops in a school or Youth Club, working as an Artist-In-Residence, doing voluntary work in an Art Department, etc.

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many schools and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Art and Design graduates have gone on to work as Secondary Teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Judgemeadow Community College (Leicestershire), Cwmafan Junior School (Port Talbot), Howard School (Rainham, Kent), Amman Valley School (Ammanford), Bridgend County Borough Council, Olchfa Comprehensive School (Swansea), Livanhoe College (Ashby de la Zouch), Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera (Ystalyfera). 

In addition to the course information offered above, you will prepare to teach the National Curriculum for Art and Design at Key Stage 3, and GCSE, AS and A level Art and Design courses which will involve delivering a full and exciting spectrum of creative experiences. The whole of the 36 week period of the course is devoted to developing theoretical and practical subject expertise through school experience placements, workshops, gallery visits and obtaining guidance and experience in planning, delivering and assessing the 11-18 Art and Design curriculum.

Methodology and classroom management also feature prominently within the programme, along with developing a working knowledge of broader educational issues which collectively combine to produce informed, creative, innovative teachers of Art and Design. In addition, emphasis is placed on the job-search process whereby you will gain experience in preparing for an interview for an Art and Design position in a secondary school or college.

You will also be expected to demonstrate exemplary planning and organisational skills, academic rigour, the skill to reflect upon on your performance as a means to improve, professionalism, empathy with young people and an enthusiasm for working cooperatively with others.   These are all key attributes which we value, foster and expect from you if you are offered a place on this programme.

If invited to interview you will be required to sit 30-minute English Literacy and Numeracy tests. If you choose to do your studies through the medium of Welsh, you will be expected to sit an additional Welsh Literacy test.  You will also be asked to do a portfolio presentation, participate in a group discussion; complete an Art & Design based extended writing exercise and have a formal interview with the Curriculum Leader and school/college mentor.

You will need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject and for teaching.