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      Leeds SCITT offers a Design and Technology PGCE 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 the design and technology curriculum.

      The D&T provision was amazing, the amount of resources available and being able to observe different lessons was helpful. Being involved in the department meetings also gave a further insight to the daily runnings of the D&T department and communicating with the technician was a really valuable experience.

      — Zoe, Design and Technology Trainee, 2022

      I've found the LSE to be really beneficial for me as it slowly builds you up and prepares you for placement.

      — A. Noor, Design and Technology Trainee, 2022

      Why join Leeds SCITT?

      Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an exciting and innovative training provider offering aspiring educators the Post Graduate Certificate in Education Design and Technology (PGCE).

      Our Postgraduate 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 career in the teaching profession.

      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 the needs of your learners, gradually taking more ownership and initiative on your placements.

      How will I become a confident Design and Technology Teacher?

      On this Design and Technology course you will be working with a dedicated team of subject specialists who will provide you with the training and support necessary to develop into an excellent Design and Technology teacher.

      Our Design & Technology (D&T) course will prepare you to teach the new D&T curriculum by developing both the breadth and depth of your knowledge and skills, whilst retaining your specialist focus discipline. During your Lead School Experience, you will build knowledge and confidence in demonstrating how to use a range of equipment such as the laser cutter, 3D printer, sewing machines and food technology appliances.

      With our in-school support, as a teacher in Design & Technology, you will gain experience in this dynamic subject, one which is at the forefront of our ever-changing world. You will work with experienced teachers who will help you to nurture pupils and encourage them to explore their creativity by designing and making innovative products which respond to the demands of modern society.

      From the Design and Technology ITT School Lead Tutor

      We are looking for professionals who are patient, creative, adaptable and ready to inspire the next generation of makers and designers. Experience of working with young people as well as studying or working in your area of specialism is desirable.

      Throughout the course, your subject knowledge development will be supported by the Lead Tutor for Design & Technology, a Link Tutor from Leeds SCITT and subject specialist mentors who are dedicated to training the very best teachers.

      What does the Lead School Experience offer?

      Titus Salt School is a comprehensive school, rated Good by OFSTED in 2022. We have an effective behaviour management system and a good percentage of students go on to study at Oxbridge universities. Specialist teachers will support you to build a deep understanding of your subject knowledge, as well as tools for developing pupils’ practical and evaluation skills.

      The course provides you with the opportunity to specialise in Product Design, Food Preparation and Nutrition or Textiles up to GCSE level, in addition to teaching a second specialism at KS3 (ages 11-14). With a well-equipped Design and Technology department you will be supported by your Lead Tutor to thrive in your subject area.

      Within the department we work with the whole-school leader of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), a role which highlights the importance of technology across the curriculum.

      Additional Secondary School Placements

      In addition to your lead school placement, you can be placed within up to two of our additional partnership schools to give you contrasting placements.

      What other opportunities are available in our Placement Schools?

      – Extracurricular clubs: STEM / Cookery / Textiles clubs

      – Trips to Produmax

      – Experience teaching across disciplines with excellent facilities and equipment

      – Working with the department technician

      Tuition Fees

      The course fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course, including QTS (Quality Teaching 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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