South West Teacher Training
Design Technology (W9X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
http://www.swtt.net

About the course

Design and Technology

The South West Teacher Training Design and Technology course will prepare trainee teachers across the full range of materials areas at Key Stage Three. These material areas include, Control systems, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology and Food and Nutrition. Health and safety accreditation will be undertaken and certificated for the range of material areas covered.

You will have a specialist material area at Key Stage Four, for which you will already have extensive knowledge and skills based on your previous experience and qualifications. You will be trained and supported to understand and enhance the way in which you can teach and impart your knowledge and skills to students at secondary level.

The design process will be a key area of study and will feature as a main element of the subject specific training alongside the practical aspects and machine training. You will have the opportunity to work as a group of trainee teachers to support and help each other through peer led activities and sharing of best practice observed.

You will be able to:

• Complete a subject audit, to review and develop your own existing subject knowledge and skills based competencies.

• Implement the requirements of the National Curriculum and understand the importance of Design and Technology in the wider School context.

• Organise and structure innovative and exciting lessons using a variety of techniques, strategies and approaches to ensure the very best learning opportunities.

• Assess work for a range of ages and abilities, and ensure effective learning for all students.

The course aims to see trainees develop into strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioners, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Design and Technology.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to a Selection Day at our lead school, West Exe School. On that day we will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Our Selection Day asks candidates to teach a sample lesson episode, undertake a panel interview and complete a subject knowledge assessment. Candidates will also take a tour of lead school and learn more about our partnership.

Candidates applying through code W would be applying for our SWTT@TorquayAcademy Hub and would interviewed at Torquay Academy with a view to being placed there for training, if successful.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

How school placements work

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of fifteen placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience. It's unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It's important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

Candidates applying through code W would be applying for our SWTT@TorquayAcademy Hub and would interviewed at Torquay Academy with a view to being placed there for training, if successful.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After a week's Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Fees

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • GCSE Maths and English: Grade C or above. Certificates required.
  • Degree: Honours 2:2 or above: Certificate and transcript required.
  • Professional Skills Tests: Literacy and Numeracy

If you do not hold a C grade or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or take an equivalency test at equivalencytesting.com.

Where qualifications have been achieved abroad please contact UK NARIC and obtain a comparison statement to prove that your qualification is the equivalent of UK qualifications at (naric.org.uk).

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks.

A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children

and young people) and is therefore exempt from the

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an

Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This

exemption means that applicants for this post are required to

declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers

both spent and unspent in their application regardless of

the passage of time.

About the training provider

South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the highly successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We are situated in Exeter, placing our trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and throughout Devon and Somerset. Although we can't promise specific placements on application, we carefully match trainees to schools that suit their skills and location.

We work with Bath Spa University, an Ofsted Outstanding provider, who provide our PGCE. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Bath Spa tutors visit our Exeter site, providing lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

We work with Exeter Consortium Teaching Schools Alliance and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, who themselves work with Exeter University and Exeter College. We offer a programme of study that links our Secondary and Primary training, giving our Secondary trainees an enviable insight into the workings of Primary education. The programme is taught by leading practitioners, many of whom are ex-SWTT trainees now employed by our partner schools. They provide training rooted in research and current classroom practice. Our programme prioritises teaching over paperwork - our trainees spend more time considering their impact on young people, and less time managing paperwork.

Our trainees begin teaching in staged steps from their first weeks, integrating academic study with classroom practice. Our trainees say they value our route as it places them in a school setting swiftly, yet allows them to build their teaching skills gradually. Our route is truly practitioner-led. Visit www.swtt.net to learn more.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At South West Teacher Training we have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our training programme emphasises the need for trainees to manage their own pace of learning. Trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team.

Our partnership with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals.

Contact details

Email
swtt@westexe.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01392 686 165
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Address
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon
EX2 9JU

Apply

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: S66
  • Training programme code: W9X1

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
Main Site
South West Teacher Training, WETC, Hatherleigh Road, EXETER EX2 9JU
Yes -
Torquay Academy
Cricketfield Rd, Torquay , Devon TQ2 7NU
Yes W

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