UCAS Teacher Training code
W9X1; WX91 (Part-time)
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of this programme are delivered. Find out more
Our aim is 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 (Secondary) in 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.
This programme is aimed at preparing you to teach in two broad areas.
You’ll be given the opportunity to specialise in one area to Key Stage 3 (age 11-14), and another to Key Stage 4 and beyond (age 14+). Key Stage 3 specialist fields are Materials; Textiles; Electronics and Communications Technology; and Food. The two Key Stage 4 specialist fields are Materials and Textiles.
Through an integrated course that involves both a practical and theoretical approach, you’ll be encouraged to reach your potential as a fully qualified teacher.
It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Alan Bright.
What you’ll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
There are seminars examining the nature of Design and Technology education, and workshops designed to develop your subject expertise. By the end of the programme you must offer a second area of competence to teach to the end of Key Stage 3, as well as your specialist area at Key Stages 4 and 5.
You engage in two design activities: one in the first term, and the second throughout the year.
The first activity is mirrored by the same project being undertaken by Year 9 pupils in a local school, and culminates in a shared presentation.
The second activity culminates in a presentation of a personal design-and-make project to your peers, to consider and reflect on the nature of the process of designing.
During the Autumn Term you are placed in your first school, usually with a partner Design and Technology student teacher. The aim is induction, both into schooling and the teaching of design and technology, and into learning and teaching practices.
You do this by:
- observing teachers working and pupils participating in learning activities
- learning about whole school policies and practices
- studying the Design and Technology curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 (examinations)
- progressively taking on teaching activities, initially in tandem with the class teacher
- Spring and Summer terms are devoted to teaching practice in a second school, developing your competence to meet the Professional Standards.
You design a scheme of work for the Key Stage 3 curriculum, and develop your understanding of pupil learning styles, National Curriculum requirements, assessment and examinations.
How to apply
You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.
There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Learning & teaching
A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:
• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Compulsory lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study
As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.
- to meet our fitness to train requirements
- a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics. Please note, we can only accept some UK and international GCSE equivalent qualifications. A complete list of accepted UK GCSE equivalencies can be found here: link. If you have a non-UK qualification that you believe is GCSE equivalent, you must check this with the Admissions team.
- an undergraduate honours degree, at 2:2 or above from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent in a subject related to Design and Technology, such as theatre design, product design, graphics, silversmithing, or architecture
In some special cases, an unrelated degree may be acceptable if you have worked in a field related to Design and Technology. Each year the programme contains a good mixture of graduates with a broad spread of specialist expertise, and we welcome applicants with experience of working in business and industry.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17370
Get into Teaching Funding
The Department for Education offers tax-free scholarships and bursaries to trainees on eligible PGCE programmes. Bursary amounts vary depending on your previous qualifications and the subject in which you're training to teach.
For more information about PGCE funding visit the Get into Teaching website.
Please note: These bursaries are not controlled by Goldsmiths and are subject to change.
If your fees are not listed here, please contact the Fees Office - fees (@gold.ac.uk).
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for prospective students, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.