PGCE Secondary Design and Technology with QTS


We believe that Design and Technology (D&T) is a key part of the national curriculum and one of the most relevant subjects in our constantly developing world.  The diverse nature of D&T means that you will be in a position to inspire your pupils into many different educational pathways, giving them the opportunity to be creative, ethical deisgners of the future.  

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher.  Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course. 

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X5W
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
1 Year

SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Name:
Shan Samuel-Thomas
Contact Email:
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  • It took me a long time to get here, moving back and forth – since I made the decision to change my career it was 100% the best decision. I am doing design and technology because I like making functional things. Aesthetics are important! I like making functional things beautiful.

    Chloe StevensonD&T

The PGCE Secondary Design and Technology Programme at Swansea is a supportive, well organised, carefully structured course which places much emphasis on the use of design and its application to the world of technology.

The course also develops skills in CAD and CAM as well as other forms of graphic communication and uses creativity to develop and plan effective learning resources for teaching at secondary level.

In order to develop a range of skills across all focus areas of Design and Technology, projects will be set which include working with textiles, wood, plastics and metal. Health and Safety training is also an important feature of the course. Training in safe working practice with machinery in the workshop is a key part of the course, whatever the specialism,  and students also have the opportunity to undertake a basic food hygiene course.

If Welsh is your first language, you will be able to undertake teaching experience placements in Welsh medium schools, receive session handouts through the medium of Welsh, have tutorials in Welsh, and receive Subject Mentor lesson observations and feedback in Welsh.

  • 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.
  • High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision.
  • You will be prepared to teach the National Curriculum for Design and Technology.
  • Develop theoretical and practical subject expertise through school experience placements, workshops.
  • Guidance and experience in planning, delivering and assessing the 11-18 Design and Technology curriculum.
  • English and Welsh medium student provision.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales.
  • Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales.
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate throughout Wales.
  • Emphasis is placed on the job-search process to gain experience in preparing for an interview for a Design and Technology position in a secondary school

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:
Tel: 01792 48211

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.   A 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 tutors 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 were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career.

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. 

Many school 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 Design and Technology 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: Birchgrove Comprehensive School (Swansea), Wycombe High School (Buckinghamshire), Milford Haven School (Pembrokeshire), Dyffryn Comprehensive School (Port Talbot), Collingwood College (Camberly), Amman Valley Comprehensive School (Carmarthenshire). 

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test.  You would be asked to present a design portfolio of your work and experience, which supports your application to the Design and Technology course.  There would also be an informal group discussion, and a formal interview with the subject tutor and a school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for Design and Technology and an understanding of the various focus areas within the subject.