About the course
We aim to develop teachers whose vision, imagination and professionalism takes them beyond the realities of current educational policy, and encourage them to continually seek to evolve new and better models of practice.
Goldsmiths' Department of Design runs the PGCE Design & Technology. The curriculum includes working with resistant materials (product design), systems and control (electronics, CAD/CAM), textiles, and food technology. What unifies these is the subject of Design, and the development of designing competence. The Subject Studies Module is assessed in year 1.
The Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE) module focusses on issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you'll choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply. This module is assessed in year 2.
You'll spend a minimum of 120 days in school which will be divided into two block school experiences. These will allow you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. You will also spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University, with a mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area. This module is assessed across years 1 and 2.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which prepares you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs. Assessment of this module is through a portfolio of evidence and will require you to demonstrate your engagement across all eight of the Teachers’ Standards.
The programme is taught and assessed at masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements, you'll also leave with 60 masters level credits, equivalent to one third of a masters degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
For further details :PGCE Design & Technology
Interviews take place either at Goldsmiths or in one of our partnership schools.
Interviews will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.
Activities at interview will include:
- A written English test;
- An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
- An individual interview;
- You will be asked to bring a portfolio with a sample of your work to present at interview.
How school placements work
The Secondary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-18 age range.
We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.
You will have two extended placements which will be divided across the two year part time programme. Please note that the second school experience will need to be completed on a full time basis.
Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme. In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Part time fees: £4625 per year
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
Scholarships and Bursaries
Additional qualifications may be needed to qualify for the bursary for this PGCE programme.
In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban setting and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.
You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.
You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we will expect you to have a clear understanding of some of the realities you will face in the classroom.
You will also need to fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements
About the training provider
Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a student teacher at Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. In the most recent Ofsted report it recognised the contribution we make stating:
“Goldsmiths, University of London has worked in close partnership with schools over many years to help meet a local need for high-quality teachers able to contribute quickly to the education of pupils in a predominantly urban setting. Head teachers say that trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) need to be able to ‘hit the ground running’. This is an attribute that Goldsmiths' NQTs have in abundance."
The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:
- Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
- Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
- Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
- Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Disability Service can help you to arrange any reasonable adjustments, equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. See the Disability Service web pages for more information.
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Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
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