University of Brighton

Design and Technology (Secondary)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 1 year

    GTTR code W9X1

    Professional accreditation

    The course leads to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    About the course

    This course prepares graduates to teach in secondary schools. As well as gaining a PGCE, students are assessed against the national standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    The opportunity to undertake masters level study within the course facilitates progression to an MA Education award after completion of the PGCE.

    This specialism enables product design, technology, engineering and three-dimensional art and design graduates to meet the needs of providing a technological education. With a focus on resistant materials, systems and control, graphics and use of computers for design and manufacture, graduates will be able to teach a wide variety of design and technology disciplines with a strong personal philosophy and a good understanding of issues related to teaching.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    Individual offers may vary.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 7.0 in all elements.

    The Department for Education has introduced Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths for all applicants to teacher training (QTS) routes. These tests are compulsory, and it will not be possible to enter training without having successfully completed them. Candidates are able to book these tests in advance, and the Department for Education strongly advises you to take the tests soon after you have submitted an application.

    The University of Brighton recognises that these tests may present a real challenge to some candidates and we recommend that you prepare carefully before attempting them, as you are limited to only three attempts per test. We recommend that postgraduate applicants have passed the tests before they come to an interview as this will give you a clear advantage. However, if you have not yet passed the tests but have a clear strategy in place, we may well be prepared to consider your capacity to pass and potentially make you an offer of a place subject to their successful completion. When we make such an offer you will be given a clear deadline, usually within 2 months of your interview, so we advise that you plan ahead and book your tests well in advance so that you can organise your preparation.

    Details about the tests, including how to register and prepare for the tests, can be found here:

    All applicants are required to attend an interview in person either at the Falmer campus or in one of our partner schools.

    All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced disclosure check.

    Degree and/or experience:
    Degree or equivalent, directly relevant to subject specialism. GCSE English language and mathematics, minimum grade C or equivalent. In-house tests available for candidates without qualifications in mathematics and English.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The course comprises four strands: subject study/subject education, education studies, placements and professional development

    The subject study/subject education strand builds upon existing subject expertise and provides students with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the specialist subject in the secondary school context, allowing them to formulate their own rationale for teaching. Students consider pedagogical issues within curriculum development, and the learning and teaching strategies pertinent to the specialist subject, regularly reflecting upon, analysing, recording and evaluating their own learning experience. Students have the opportunity to develop a creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation within their specialism, and the capacity to improve practice.

    The Education Studies strand is common to all subject routes of the course and takes place both at the university and while on placement as a means of enabling students to develop practical competences supported by relevant, analytical skills.

    Teaching under supervision, on placement, occupies approximately two-thirds of the course. The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. There are two placements in two different schools/colleges with the opportunity to visit further schools/colleges as part of the 'Peer Observation' programme.

    Professional Development is linked explicitly to all strands of the course and is designed to enable students to evaluate critically and reflect upon their learning in order to make improvements. Students are expected to gather and justify evidence of their achievements on a regular basis and, in the light of this, develop and implement improvement plans.

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take. Different rules apply to research degrees - please contact the Doctoral College for advice.

    To help you plan for your time here we will be providing further information about what is included in your tuition fee, and any optional costs you may need to budget for, later in the autumn.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    Bursaries are available for eligible trainees on priority PGCE courses. Bursary amounts will vary depending on the subject route and your degree classification. Find out more about funding.

  • Location

    Location Help Falmer

    Our Falmer campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Brighton. Approximately 7,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Staff profiles

    Design and Technology (Secondary)

    Dean Hackett

    Route Leader: Design and Technology (Secondary) 

    Before making the switch to the education sector, Dean developed his career in engineering. Development, manufacture, installation and commissioning of test equipment and flight simulators contributed to a sound understanding of a wide range of engineering disciplines.

    The move to education saw teaching in a range of schools and a development of responsibilities. Dean started at the University of Brighton as a part-time lecturer in 1999 and has been here full time since 2001, taking responsibility for several Design and Technology routes and contributing mainly to systems & control areas and educational philosophy & practice at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

  • Career opportunities

    Career prospects are excellent: most gain their first teaching posts in secondary schools as soon as they qualify.

    If you are interested in teaching but may need to develop your subject knowledge before beginning your initial teacher training, the university offers nine-month subject knowledge enhancement courses. The course is free and you will receive a bursary while you study. There is a lot more information about these courses on the School of Education website, click on the link in the Find out more tab.

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