Cornwall Teaching School
Design and Technology (Product Design) (37JS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT)
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

During the first term of the course you will engage with professional studies and subject studies alongside your school placements. This encourages our student teachers to think holistically about the issues discussed during their professional studies sessions, their application within the context of their subject specialism and the opportunity to put ideas into practice. As your confidence in the classroom develops, you will extend your time spent on placement in preparation for your first year as a qualified teacher.

Education & Professional Studies Programme (sessions based at Truro College): provides a framework for student teachers to develop as professional educators by providing a broader perspective on educational issues that set the context for learning. EPS sessions include support for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with dedicated academic tutors to guide your academic progress. The PGCE, delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University, is assessed by the submission of 3 assignments. The final award is equal to 60 credits at Level 7 (masters level).

Subject Studies Sessions: Subject Studies develops subject knowledge in relation to curriculum needs and appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with a particular focus on how educational issues such as assessment, planning, and delivery can be most effectively achieved in the classroom. Subject sessions develop your existing subject knowledge in your subject area, while identifying ways to express this knowledge in a manageable format for young learners. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure that you develop as a creative and reflective classroom practitioner.

School placements: For all student teachers, the most exciting part of the training programme is their time spent on placement in our partnership schools. One of our greatest strengths is our bespoke training programme coordinated by our team of subject leaders, who will carefully select a suitable placement based on your individual needs. Every student teacher will receive support from a dedicated mentor while on placement, and will also receive additional training from the school’s professional tutor. Our mentors support trainees to develop at their own pace, from observing lessons to planning and implementing their own series of lessons by the end of the course. You will be placed at two schools within our partnership during the course, and will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence collected while on placement, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Interview process

All applications are reviewed by our management team prior to selection; those successful will be invited to attend an interview day. Applicants will be asked to prepare several tasks, including a pre-interview subject knowledge audit and a short written reflection on an educational topic.

Interviews may take place at Truro College or within one of our partnership schools. If this is the case, candidates may be asked to take part in a classroom participation activity (this does not require preparation prior to interview).

All candidates will be asked to deliver a short teaching episode to an interview panel of up to three people, including a member of the management team and a subject leader, with the panel assuming the role of learners. Following the teaching episode, the interview panel will discuss the application in greater detail, including reflections on school experience gained prior to interview, subject knowledge and preparedness to enter the teaching profession. Candidates are also asked to bring a small portfolio of their design work, and samples of made products if suitable.

How school placements work

Cornwall Teaching School & Cornwall SCITT work in partnership with more than 25 Secondary Schools in Cornwall, including a Special School Trust and an Alternative Provision Multi-Academy Trust. At interview, the panel will discuss your placement needs and select suitable placements accordingly. We aim to place trainees 30-40 minutes from home, but occasionally this can take longer, especially for those living in more rural areas.

All trainees must successfully complete two placements during the course. In the majority of cases, trainees will attend their main placement in the Autumn Term and Summer Term, with a complimentary placement in the Spring Term. We aim to give trainees a broad range of experiences during the course, and aim for the second placement to contrast with the main placement. Placements will focus on the 11-16 age range, but post-16 experience can be gained either through sixth form participation or a 3 day placement in a tertiary College.

You will be on school placement for 3 days per week in the Autumn term, attending placement alongside Professional Studies and Subject Studies training sessions. In the Spring Term, your placement contact increases to 4 days per week and, from February half term until the end of the course you will be on placement 5 days per week. This allows you to embed your practice, and develop in confidence as you progress towards your final assessment and, moving forwards, your first employed post.

Cornwall Teaching School & Cornwall SCITT offer enhancement opportunities for those interested in visiting an SEN School or an Alternative Provision Academy. These enhancements are initially for a one day visit, with an opportunity for an extended placement in the Spring or Summer Term.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Trainees are highly likely to be eligible for Student Finance support. As part of our access to learning fund, we may be able to support those in financial hardship with course-related costs incurred during training. We also offer a termly contribution to all trainees with a household income lower than £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance.



You must hold an Honours level degree with a 2:2 classification or higher. It is desirable that you hold a degree in Product Manufacture and Design. If your degree is partially related, or unrelated, to your chosen subject, we would expect you to hold a Level 3 qualification in Product Design. Workplace experience may also be acceptable, as would the ability to offer a second Design & Technology specialism.

All candidates must hold a GCSE in Maths and English at Grade C/4 or higher on the first day of training, and must have successfully completed the Professional Skills Tests.

Personal qualities

The application form and interview process is designed to assess suitability to train to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • Commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for the chosen subject and a capacity to inspire learners;
  • Awareness of current educational issues;
  • Intrinsic passion for learning;
  • Commitment to own professional development;
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Emotional and physical resilience and readiness for hard work

Other requirements

As part of our commitment to safeguarding all successful applicants will undergo:

  • An Enhanced DBS Check
  • A Fitness to Teach Check
  • A Prohibition Order Check

For those who have spent more than 3 months working or living abroad you may be required to gain a letter of good conduct or a workplace reference.

For those who gained qualifications abroad you may also need a NARIC Check.

We recommend that that you consider gaining 2-3 days of school experience prior to interview.

About the training provider

Cornwall Teaching school aims to generate and maintain a sustainable model for developing local teachers and leaders and to secure outstanding practice in all phases of learning.

Cornwall Teaching School works closely with the well-established Cornwall SCITT partnerships which offer initial teaching opportunities in early years, primary and secondary phases along with the Truro and Penwith College post 16 training. The teaching school will be working with school partners to develop School Direct opportunities for high quality trainees and will continue to respond to national and local needs for subject specialist trainees and cross phase priorities.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

Cornwall SCITT is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our management team, academic tutors, subject leaders and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a fitness to teach check.

For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Truro College offer additional support through the learning resources centre.

We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.

Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer in an empathetic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.

Contact details

01872 267092
Truro and Penwith College
College Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 19U
  • Training programme code: 37JS

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Truro College, College Road, Truro TR1 3XX
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