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      Leeds SCITT offers an Art and Design PGCE course with a difference: we aim to get you into the classroom quickly to learn with a ‘hands-on’ approach and to become an experienced practitioner. The course offers a unique opportunity to develop your experience in dynamic and supportive school environments, whilst allowing you to establish your own style of teaching.Why join Leeds SCITT for your Art and Design Post Graduate Certificate in Education?



      Why join Leeds SCITT for your Art and Design Post Graduate Certificate in Education?

      Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an exciting and innovative teacher training provider that offers the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for aspiring educators.

      Our Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses help to provide the highest quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that successful candidates have the teaching skills and knowledge necessary to become outstanding educators and secure a successful career in the teaching profession.

      Professional Development through School-Based Training

      As well as subject knowledge enhancement, this postgraduate qualification will give you school-based training and help your own professional development, building confidence in your professional practice teaching the Art and Design curriculum.

      In your Lead School Experience, you will be introduced to a range of practical, research-informed strategies to help you to understand how best to teach your subject.

      As you progress throughout the course, you will begin to implement these practical ideas and adapt them to fit your school context as well as to the needs of your learners, gradually taking more ownership and initiative on your placements.

      How will I become a confident Art and Design teacher?

      As an Art and Design teacher, you will learn to recognise and nurture the creative potential of your pupils and provide each one of them with a wide range of opportunities to develop their creative practice and learn new skills. You will be supported by your Lead Tutor to build a deep understanding of your subject knowledge and tools for developing pupils’ artistic competencies.

      With the in-school support, your Art & Design Lead Tutor and school-based mentors, will help you to shape your teaching, to enable your pupils’ ability to work independently, question and explore. Through this practical approach, you will learn techniques to create a secure and enjoyable learning environment for your pupils, essential for developing their creative expression.

      You will be guided on how to plan and differentiate effectively, improving communication skills, so that you can make a significant difference to pupils’ learning, encouraging them to hone their talents and progress. You will have the opportunity to teach across a range of media, with access to specialist equipment.

      With a smaller cohort in comparison to other Art and Design ITT courses, the Leeds SCITT teacher training programme offers trainee art teachers a very personal training experience, where they are supported and given the best tools to successfully teach art in the secondary education setting.

      From the Art & Design ITT School Lead Tutor

      If you are passionate about inspiring the next generation of young artists and willing to adapt and show commitment to working with a team of experienced teachers, we would love to hear from you. You will be welcomed into our dynamic department where we take pride in the supportive Leeds SCITT course structure and will guide you to help pupils thrive with creativity, to take pride in their work and to develop skills such as critical analysis and self-reflection.

      What does the Lead Secondary School Experience offer?

      Cockburn School, our Lead School for Art and Design, was rated Outstanding by OFSTED in 2022. Our Art & Design department is passionate about using a vocational approach to develop key skills in our learners. The curriculum is regularly evaluated to remain up to date with professional developments and current arts-specific teaching approaches. You will have the opportunity to use the wide range of specialist equipment that Cockburn’s Art department has to offer, this includes glass and clay ceramics, screen printing, textiles, photography, casting and traditional materials.

      Cockburn School’s provision in the arts has been awarded Artsmark Platinum status in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award recognising excellence in cultural education. It celebrates schools’ commitment to embracing arts across the curriculum and bringing creative learning to life for children and young people. Cockburn School and the Leeds SCITT programme are committed to ensuring the very best for the future of Art and Design Education, by training innovative teachers who are driven and excited to join the profession.

      Additional Secondary School Placements

      In addition to your Lead placement school, you can be placed within up to two of our additional partnership school placements to give you further professional practice and diverse experience of school settings.

      What other opportunities are available in our Placement Schools?

      – Dealing with a range of media such as: screen printing, clay, ceramics and glass work
      – A strong photography department in the Lead School
      – Access to specialist equipment for teaching purposes
      – Additional GCSE courses in Photography and Art, Craft and Design
      – Trips to local galleries and sculpture parks

      Tuition Fees

      The course fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course, including QTS (qualified Teacher Status) and 60 masters credits, for the academic year 2023-24 is £9,250. Bursaries and Scholarships are available for some students

      Entry Requirements

      For this Postgraduate Certificate in Education Course, you need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales and GCSE grade C or 4 and above (or equivalent) in Maths and English. For further information, go to

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