Art and Design PGDE: Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Art and Design: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £9,250 (to be confirmed)
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: N/A
International full time annual tuition fee: 

Course type



School of Education

Study mode

Full Time

About your course

Train to become an outstanding teacher of secondary Art and Design with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of Art and Design at secondary level on a course delivered with schools committed to ensuring your success
  • Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a 'Home School'
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (LJMU's ITT courses are one of only a few to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
  • Discover why our courses have high completion and employment rates
  • Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities
  • Gain experience of teaching in the 11-16 age range with enhancement opportunities Post 16

Watch our video of previous LJMU trainees and their experience of studying PGDE Secondary

The course fuels you with inspiration, key teaching skills, educational insight and management tactics that allow you to engage young minds and share your passion for a subject. The course is second to none and, without it, I wouldn't be waking up to a career I enjoy.

Catherine Leese, recent graduate

The Art and Design course provided by LJMU was excellent. I am proud to be a LJMU trainee and I feel fully prepared in my teaching career.

Laura Herald, recent graduate

Introduction to the School

Our School of Education has a well established reputation for delivering high quality initial teacher education in partnership with Primary, Secondary and other education providers in the North West.

Our academic staff have years of professional experience behind them, as Teachers, Head Teachers, Department Heads, Inspectors and Advisers. Members of the team have been involved in national projects and have significant expertise in current, school-focused initiatives and curriculum design.

In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked fourth in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent. This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

All students are assigned a Personal Tutor who is responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Support during teaching practice is particularly important and so, in addition to mentoring from school-based staff, you will have visits from a University Liaison Tutor to monitor and support your progress and observe and give feedback on your teaching.

All of our initial teacher education programmes are accredited by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. Students who successfully complete our PGDE programmes graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the essential accreditation for anyone who wants to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. 

School Direct 

School Direct is a new route into teaching which is led by schools, working in close collaboration with Initial Teacher Education providers, such as LJMU. It is an alternative route into teaching from traditional mainstream PGCE and PGDE programmes and offers trainees a more school-led approach. LJMU works closely with a number of lead schools across the North West as part of the School Direct initiative.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This PGDE prepares you for a career as an innovative and creative Art and Design teacher. You can look forward to practical workshops and seminars on contemporary art, craft and design theory and practice.

Lectures and workshops will enable you to explore pedagogical approaches to teaching and you will experience gallery-based education sessions facilitated by TATE Liverpool.

Our ITT courses support the development of your:

  • practical and critical understanding of educational theory and practice
  • reflective practice linked to professional development
  • practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • understanding and application of subject knowledge

The programmes are designed to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners and are able to apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact on the development and achievement of young people.

The University has a well-established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to teacher education. Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training and key insights into the field during your course.

"Art, craft and design exemplifies creativity in young people. The National Curriculum we prepare you to teach aims to ‘engage, inspire, and challenge’ pupils through the progression of knowledge, skills and understanding and will, in turn, shape our cultural future. The chance to become part of this process is truly rewarding as an artist teacher." 
Andrea Pratt, Subject Lead, Art and Design

Programme outline and structure

Learn how to share your creative passion and develop the skills and knowledge to embark on a teaching career in Art and Design.

University-based study includes: 

  • a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.

Placements are organised in our partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a 'Home School' with a six week placement in an 'alternative' school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you genuinely feel part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.

You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements. 

Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

University-based training takes place at the IM Marsh campus just four miles from the city centre. Here you will find independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities plus a café and shop.

The IM Marsh Library houses the main collections linked to this course and is open from 8am until 11pm during term time. You will also have access to the city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries, which are open 24/7 during semesters.

What you will study on this degree

The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:

  • developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
  • critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
  • promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners
  • informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils’ learning

Further guidance

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2017/2018. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2017/2018.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The course employs a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. Full use is made of online learning through BlackBoard (our virtual learning environment) and web-based resources.

School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Staff research interests

Our staff offer a wide range of expertise.

Tutors contribute to the development of national education policy and government initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.

Entry requirements (Home)

To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in an Art and Design-related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above

Additional requirements for the programme include:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).  
  • A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants    

    Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. 

    For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English. You are required, by the Department for Education, to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Get into Teaching website

    If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer. This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

    Entry requirements (International)

    LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

    If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

    Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

    In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

    For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

    Application and selection


    Applicants will be assessed for their:

    • depth of relevant subject knowledge
    • potential to work effectively at Masters level
    • ability to work with others in teams
    • ability to manage people and projects


    You will be expected to demonstrate:

    • an interest and enthusiasm for your chosen subject area
    • the ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
    • commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
    • enthusiasm and resilience


    You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.

    Selection Events

    Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and comprise:

    • group tasks
    • a written task
    • an individual interview
    • a practical assessment in some subject areas

    Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day.

    Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.

    Will I be interviewed?

    Shortlisted applicants for this course will be interviewed.


    7.0 (Minimum of 6.5 in each component)


    58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

    Is RPL accepted on this programme?

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Financial support

    Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.

    If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.

    To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.

    Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.

    Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

    • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
    • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
    • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
    • a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

    Please note:

    • You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,250 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay for this
    • Your tuition fees loan is not means-tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU
    • Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours)
    • You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000

    Graduate employment

    The employment prospects of LJMU teacher training graduates are extremely positive, with most subjects exceeding the national averages in terms of employment.

    The programme provides opportunities for engagement with relevant local employment organisations, including schools and teacher recruitment agencies, through on-campus events and school-based placements. You are encouraged to join the relevant professional association for your area of study, extending your professional network. After completing your PGDE you can progress to the MA Education Practice programme for Newly Qualified Teachers which will enable you to complete a full MA during your first year of employment. LJMU also provides specialist Masters programmes in Advanced Educational Practice, with specialist pathways in Teaching and Learning, Special Educational Needs, Mentoring and Coaching and in Leadership and Management.

    The course is, naturally, intended for those preparing to enter the teaching profession. An annual 'Get that Job' day helps prepare you for success in your first applications. Indeed, most of our students go on to achieve their career goal, working in state or independent schools and colleges. Teaching provides a variety of pathways leading to specialist roles ranging from pastoral to subject leadership and on into school leadership positions.

    Having gained experience in teaching, a number of graduates move into associated professions such as educational psychology, consultancy, and in the education service sector outside of schools.

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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