Our Secondary Art & Design PGCE lasts for one academic year, from September until the end of July. This school-led course includes an induction to prepare you for your placement and weekly face-to-face sessions at the University to develop your knowledge of the curriculum and subject-specific pedagogy. You will also undertake 20 Intensive Training and Practice (ITaP) days focused on foundational areas of learning to further develop your practice in the classroom.
To give you experience in the classroom, you’ll spend at least 120 days working in two local secondary schools as well as visiting a local primary school. But, don’t worry, you won’t have the pressure of teaching an entire lesson straight away.
Your training will begin with observing a teacher and helping with group work. Then you’ll share the classes with the teacher and work towards teaching lessons independently.
Alongside teaching, you’ll join in with day-to-day life at the school. Each school has a professional mentor to help you understand the ethos, pastoral care systems, legal and social framework, and supporting services.
You’ll also have weekly meetings with your subject or class mentor to help you prepare for teaching, review lessons, and develop your subject knowledge.
Curriculum workshops are a key element of your course. These are delivered in our specialist facilities by dedicated Art and Design lecturers and teachers, allowing you to experience a range of practical work in key specialisms such as ceramics, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, and in working with education departments in leading regional galleries which have included The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Airspace Gallery, Middleport Pottery Museum, Wavemaker and the West Midlands bridge organisation for Arts Council England, Arts Connect.