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I'm interested in becoming a secondary D&T teacher...

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by TGK146211, May 14, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I've been interested in becoming a teacher for some time. I finish secondary school on Friday and have a conditional offer at my school's sixth form for September. As I said, I'd like to become a teacher. Specifically: a D&T teacher at secondary level.

    My mum's a primary teacher so I've got a very basic and general background knowledge of what pursuing my dream will involve. The reason I'm here is to ask your advice. From what I've been told - to become a secondary school teacher I'll need a subject-specific university degree and a PGCE. What sort of university degree should I be looking at to allow me to teach D&T at secondary? Would I be able to just get a degree in education and take some sort of course relating to D&T?

    Any responses and advice would be very much appreciated. I apologise if I haven't made much sense here, I'm a little confused!

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  2. Its fantastic to hear that you're interested in becoming a future D&T teacher.
    You're certainly right that you'll need a subject specific degree and a PGCE but do consider that most D&T teacher teach more than one area of Technology so being able to offer at least 3 areas will make you more employable.
    I would certainly recommend that during your studies try to get some experience of D&T - in different areas of Technology and also in both primary and secondary school.
    Can I recommend taking at look at the below websites too:
    Hope this information helps but I'm sure there will be plenty of other D&T teachers able to give you more specific detail.
    Best of luck in your forthcoming exams and for the future.
  3. Thank you for the reply, textilebunny! I'm very interested in RM, electronics (and am achieving A-A* grades in both) I also have a keen interest in mechanics and vehicle restoration - doing this has taught me to weld etc.

    Can you suggest any university courses to take for my degree as I'm struggling to find anything that sounds relevant and 'subject-specific'

    Thank you again for the reply! I'll check out the links, too :)
  4. Welcome to the forum. If you do a UCAS search for product design courses you will find a number that will be relevant, you could do a general course or go more specific. Good luck
  5. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    In my opinion (although others may disagree) I'd avoid doing an Education degree and go for a 3 year degree (like Product design, Engineering etc) and then a PGCE. This is for numerous reasons:
    • D&T jobs are scare at the moment. Hopefully this won't still be the case by the time you are qualified but having a degree & then PGCE gives you more career options.
    • To teach in some countries (like Australia) you have to have done 4 years in University, therefore a 3 year Education degree will not get you a job in some contries if you ever decide to move.
    Best of luck, its great you're researching your options already! [​IMG]
    TES Teacher Panel Member
  6. bigpedro

    bigpedro New commenter

    The trick here is not to get labelled and pidgeonholed into a specific role. Keep your options open as long as possible. There are massive changes afoot in the subject and there's no guarantee that the seperate subjects will survive or indeed that DT won't become a single entity (like the old CDT)
    There are some very good degree courses out there which are 3 years and take you specifically into teaching DT. If you're determined that this is what you want to do then I see no reason to do a full degree in a "related" subject then a PGCE on top because to my knowledge, it's the PGCE part that "forces" you to specialise in one area. If you do a BSc in DT with QTS or similar, this will give you a bigger range of skills and leave more options open to you when you leave. Saying that, jobs are scarce and a seperate degree might keep the jobs outside of education option open but will you be happy doing that if your set on teaching??
    As littlemissraw says, if you want to go abroad, then the degree with QTS option may cause problems, but why not top-up with a Masters to give you the 4 years (if it works like that, I don't know) it'll only mean the same time in Uni and you'll have a higher qualification at the end.
    Best of luck whatever you choose.

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