Design & Technology

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01242 505945 or complete the form on the
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The course requires you to specialise in teaching one of the following up to A Level:

  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Materials (Formerly Resistant Materials)
  • Electronic and Communications Technology (formerly Systems and Control)

There is no single direct degree applicable to successful candidates who become trainee teachers in Design & Technology. Degree specialisms listed below are regarded as highly suitable, however, this is a guide only:

  • Food nutrition, food products, catering
  • Textiles with evidence of 3D work
  • Architecture, product design, furniture design, 3D design
  • Engineering, control systems, electronics
  • Graphic design with evidence of 3D work

Some applicants hold a degree in a totally different subject.  If this is the case you need to submit evidence that you are able to:

  • Use personal skills to make products of quality in either food, textiles, resistant materials or systems and control
  • Recognise the importance of design in our society
  • Communicate through a variety of methods including sketching and ICT

Subject sessions normally take place on a Thursday afternoon but as D&T requires a diverse range of facilities, some sessions are held in other partnership schools.

A subject tutor from the University of Bristol who will introduce the PGCE assignments on curriculum practice and curriculum research.  The University of Bristol does not offer its own DT PGCE so these are specially designed for GITEP.

Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course.  By the end of September trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December.

There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas.  In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school.  There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement.  The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.


Bursaries available: £20,000*
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Subject Lead

Tracey O’MalleyTracy O'Malley, Design and Technology Subject Lead

Churchdown School

Tracey has been teaching for over 23 years in Nottingham and Gloucestershire. She has been Head of Year, Head of sixth form and Head of Design and Technology. Tracey is a dedicated teacher of Design and Technology who thrives on supporting students and staff in developing their skills and knowledge within DT, through a range of practical and theoretical approaches. She is passionate about creating lifelong learners who have a love for Design and Technology.

Tracey is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.

Entry Requirements


  • A degree (or equivalent) in a Design & Technology-related subject.
  • Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.


Routes & Course Codes

Institute CodeSCITTLead PartnerPGCE with QTS
14BBalcarras Teaching School Hub2QJN

If you have any questions please call us on 01242 505945 or complete the form on the contact page.