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South West Teacher Training

Design & Technology PGCE with QTS

(School Direct and Core PGCE)

The SWTT Consortium has been training Design & Technology teachers since 1993 . The partnership comprises 15 successful Secondary Schools in Devon. The Lead School is West Exe Technology College , a Triple Specialism Technology College which has undergone a multimillion pound total redevelopment.

The School Centred Initial Teacher Training PGCE programme in Design & Technology prepares students to teach in Secondary Schools.

All trainees follow a core syllabus focusing on the generic skills, knowledge and concepts related to designing and making. They will also develop further their own specialist knowledge within their areas of expertise, in order to become able and confident teachers at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and beyond.

The areas of expertise follow the Design and Technology Association's (DATA) model of a Design & Technology teacher. These are Resistant Materials Technology, Systems & Control, Food Technology and Textiles Technology. Trainees have the opportunity to follow two of these areas alongside the Core Skills requirement. They will have opportunities to use and evaluate a wide range of subject specific resources and materials, including Information Technology. Information gathered will be used to produce a range of teaching resources.

Trainees have the opportunity to use a sophisticated range of CAD/CAM software and manufacturing equipment. The PGCE programme aims to produce reflective teachers who are able to evaluate and further develop their own subject and teaching skills.


The SWTT  selection criteria has been drawn widely because we are more concerned with attracting trainees with outstanding potential and a passionate commitment to teaching.  We welcome mature entrants with experience of commerce/industry closely related to their chosen subject area. 

To be eligible for the programme you must:

  • have a first degree with honours class 2:2 or above or its equivalence ideally in a subject area closely related to that you wish to teach
  • have achieved a GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or a recognised equivalent standard 
  • have passed the statutory skills tests in numeracy and literacy
  • be committed to further developing your knowledge, skills and understanding of your chosen subject.
  • be willing to continue your professional development after you complete your initial teacher training
  • demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm for teaching and working with pupils

Selection Process

Selection follows a two stage process. Firstly, we assess your application and your responses to certain questions you are asked to answer. 

Then, if you are successful, we will invite you to attend an interview at the Lead School, West Exe Technology College . As part of the interview process, you will be given detailed information about the programme and an opportunity to see the excellent training facilities in the school. You will be required to carry out written tests in literacy and numeracy, a presentation task and a lesson observation task. There will also be an individual interview with the Programme Manager and the Subject Course Tutor.

Financial Support For Students

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition fees for the SWTT PGCE programme for the 2014/15 academic year will remain at £9,000.  .

Living Costs

  1. Training Bursary - training bursaries vary according to the subject you are training for. For 2016/17, if you have a first class honours degree or a PhD and are training to teach Physics, Chemistry, Maths or MFL you are entitled to a bursary of £20,000. For Physics or Maths a 2:1 or Masters qualifies for a bursary of £20,000, in Chemistry and MFL this figure is £15,000. A 2:2 for Maths and Physics attracts a bursary of £15,000 and a 2:2 for Chemistry and MFL £12,000. For Biology, English and Design and Technology a 1st will entitle you to a bursary of £9,000 and a 2:1 £4,000. (All subject to residency conditions).
  2. Scholarships. Scholarships are available for Physics, Maths and Chemistry trainees of up to £25,000, which are instead of, not as well as the bursary.
  3. Loans - Loans are available to help students meet their living costs while they are studying. Interest on these loans is linked to inflation - they do not attract the rates charged by banks or other commercial lenders.
  4. Supplementary grants - Supplementary grants are available in certain circumstances, for example, if you are disabled or have dependants. These will be through your LA and all of them are "means tested", except those for disabled students. Unlike loans, you do not normally have to repay them.
  5. SWTT Hardship fund - The SWTT Hardship fund may be available to all trainees where they can demonstrate significant and unexpected change in cirumstances from when they applied to the course.  All awards are made at the discretion of the provider.



  • The School Centred Initial Teacher Training PGCE programme in Design & Technology prepares students to teach in Secondary Schools.

  • Type: Post-Grad
  • Duration: Year 1
  • Subject Area: Post-Grad
  • Fees: £9,000

  • Location: Exeter