The curriculum includes working with resistant materials (product design), systems and control (electronics, computer'aided design/computer'aided manufacture), textiles, and food technology. What unifies these is the subject of design, and the development of designing competence.
School'based work: during the Autumn term students are placed in their 1st 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. College'based work: There are seminars examining the nature of design and technology education, and workshops designed to develop subject expertise. By the end of the programme students must offer a 2nd area of competence to teach to the end of Key Stage 3, as well as their specialist area at Key Stages 4 and 5.
Course Additional Entry
An undergraduate or postgraduate degree at least 50 per cent of content should be in the proposed teaching subject; GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics; an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Government's Criminal Records Bureau (CRB); an occupational health questionnaire.
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