The University of Southampton
Southampton Education School

PGCE Art and Design (1 year)

The Art and Design Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course aims to prepare you to teach Art and Design to all ages and abilities in the secondary school (KS3 and KS4) with planned opportunities for enrichment in post-16 contexts.

Introducing your course

Are you an Artist or designer with a passion for the creative arts? Are you excited by the prospect of equipping pupils to engage with their creative skills? The Art and Design PGCE course will equip you to teach art and design to pupils aged 11-16 and will develop your understanding of key art and design concepts and processes, as well as developing and enhancing your subject knowledge.

Through high quality collaborative taught sessions, bespoke developmental activities and supportive in-school placements, you will develop skills in planning, delivering and assessing learning activities; equipping you to make a significant contribution to art and design departments during your training year and beyond.

Overview

The programme is designed for people who aspire to become excellent art and design teachers and who wish to combine their learning through practice in a classroom with an understanding of some of the theory underpinning effective teaching & learning. We aim for reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to promoting the learning of all pupils in their classes and to helping every youngster make progress in art and design.

The full–time, one year, course starts in early September and continues through to the end of June, with breaks over Christmas and Easter. It aims, through a combined effort from the university and the partnership schools, to develop your subject knowledge in art and design and skills for teaching through a range of approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research and through reading and writing activities. Recent trends in teaching and learning approaches are emphasised including the application of information technology, and you will participate in the design of project work and assessment.

Particular features of the course include:

  • The effective modelling of good practice by the tutors
  • The use of small/informal subject seminar and workshop groups, including working at our partner institution, the Winchester School of Art
  • An intensely practical approach grounded in a sound understanding of the theory
  • Professional Themes in mixed subject groups
  • A close partnership with a large number of schools
  • The support of trained mentors
  • Strong and individualised support from the University subject tutors

The central focus of the course is on teaching art and design in a challenging yet accessible way, understanding how children learn. At the same time it aims to produce 'reflective practitioners', so personal, critical reflection and evaluation form a key part of the course.

This specification is for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The Programme Team anticipate changes to the specification, including the possible exit points and qualifications, for the Academic Year 2018-2019 and beyond. Prospective students should not anticipate that the current specification will be an accurate model of the course that they will undertake in future years.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Applications are made centrally online through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT), rather than direct to the University. You can also monitor the progress of your application from this site.

Before applying, you should read the National Curriculum for Art and Design and the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. You should also ensure that you will meet the criteria set out under Entry Requirements.

Accreditation

On successful completion, you will have gained not only your PGCE, but have attained Qualified Teacher Status. This is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales

Programme Structure


Contacts
For further information on this programme, email the ITE office or telephone: 023 8059 2413. You can find general information on teaching as a career, including the criteria for QTS, on the Department for Education website.

Key Facts

The Southampton Education School works in partnership with over 100 local schools and colleges across the region.

The Southampton PGCE provides you with a very firm foundation for your teaching career. We have high employment rates from the course and many trainees are subsequently employed in our partnership schools.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEGCSE in Mathematics and in English Language at grade C or above (or the equivalent qualifications). This is a government requirement, and ‘equivalent qualifications’ are as designated by the PGCE admissions team (IELTS qualifications are not considered equivalent)
Degree and background

Prospective candidates will have good knowledge of the subject, usually gained from first degree award. The normal expectation is that students will have at least 50% of their first degree in English (either Language or Literature), though related subjects such as media, journalism, creative writing, drama and so forth are seriously considered.

Skills test

Teacher trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course are required to pass the Numeracy and Literacy skills tests before starting their course. Further information and details of the registration and booking system is available on the Department for Education website, Professional skills test page.

Selection process

You will be selected for interview based on the following basis:

  1. Your application shows good prior knowledge from study and/or
  2. it shows good experience has been gained in a school or college or from working with young people and/or
  3. it is well written and persuasive.

Prior to interview candidates are asked to undertake at least 2 days of observation in secondary English classrooms and discussion with current teachers. At interview candidates are asked to:

  • present on an English-related topic
  • complete a written task
  • participate in a pupil-based task
  • At interview, we will be looking for your:
  • sound subject knowledge and/or ability to learn further
  • good knowledge of educational issues and a strong sense of the professional demands
  • strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively (oral and written).

A good academic reference must also be provided from your most recent university or college or in some cases an employer (where you have been away from studying for some time). All places offered will be conditional on enhanced DBS and health checks.

Please note, applicants cannot be registered on any other course from September of the year of entry (this includes PhDs and Masters degrees).

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The full-time, one year, course starts in early September and continues through to the end of June, with breaks over Christmas and Easter. The course itself is designed to cover all aspects of teaching English, from issues of classroom management to effective ways of getting pupils to understand English skills such as analysis of texts and how to write effectively.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Year 1

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Highfield Campus

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