Design and Technology Secondary Education BSc (Hons) with QTS

UCAS CodeX1WF
QualificationBSc (Hons) with QTS
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–80 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This degree will qualify you to teach Design and Technology in secondary schools and in post-16 environments. The course is designed to give you a broad foundation in the teaching of the subject and has been developed in response to the government's revised criteria for initial teacher training. One week's primary school experience is included in the course.

In addition to this course you might also be interested in our Product Design degree course.

See our Design and Technology Centre pages to learn more about the Design and Technology Centre. You can also get more information about the Design and Technology Centre by visiting our Facebook page or by watching our videos. Product Design Bangor blog

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • You will be based at the University's Normal Site which has its own library and resource centre housing an extensive range of bilingual primary and secondary teaching resources.
  • The Design Technology Centre has a pleasant working environment and is an accredited CAD/CAM Training Centre.
  • The Centre provides well-resourced facilities which include good technical support and the latest IT facilities for trainee teachers.
  • The course forms part of a well-established partnership between the University and local secondary schools and will include presentations from practising teachers and LEA support staff.
  • School experience forms a central element of the course, allowing you to develop the skills to begin a career as a Design and Technology teacher with confidence.
  • The School has an excellent staff/student ratio.
  • Students will gain accreditation in CAD and desktop publishing.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend an average of 20 hours per week in lectures/seminars. You will also need to read, prepare for seminars, complete coursework and prepare teaching resources. Some option subjects include field visits.

The University-based elements are assessed through coursework (including the development of your design portfolio and practical project work) and examinations. Your school practice will be monitored by tutors.

What will you study on this course?

Please see the Programme Specification below.

There are three elements to the course: Subject Study, Professional Studies, and School Experience.

Subject Study

You take the following modules in design and technology - in each you will learn to apply the knowledge and skills you develop in a design-and-make context:

  • Design Communication
  • Design and Manufacture (Level 1)
  • Electronics and Mechanisms
  • Jewellery and Textile Design
  • Design and Manufacture (Level 3)

Professional Studies

This will develop the skills needed to administer a course, plan teaching to meet National Curriculum Requirements, and achieve professional requirements expected of the profession. You will also spend a week on placement in a primary school.

School Experience

You spend 24 weeks over 3 years in a school, supported by experienced teachers and by tutors from the University. You will develop your teaching skills, adopting a variety of strategies that meet the needs of different learning situations. You will become familiar with the content of the National Curriculum and learn to plan appropriate schemes of work giving consideration to assessment and reporting requirements.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Design and Technology Secondary Education Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Employability and the School of Education

BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education, BA Childhood Studies

The BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education and BA Childhood Studies courses opens up a range of opportunities for you who are interested in specialising in a teaching career. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the primary, secondary, tertiary or higher education sectors. Many of our BA in Childhood studies students have applied for our PGCE course.

But, our graduates can look forward to opportunities in a range of other career pathways. These interesting career opportunities could include :

  • social work
  • child care
  • youth and community work
  • publishing, journalism and the media
  • museum and gallery education
  • libraries
  • public services
  • human resources

FdA in Early Childhood and Learning Support Studies

This course is ideal preparation for progression to QTS Primary, HLTAs Primary, specialising in Foundation Phase, and supervisory or managerial careers in nurseries and childcare establishments.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 96-80 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* including an A2 level in a relevant subject (or equivalent). *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at B grade. If you do not possess the desired GCSEs then it may be possible to take one of our standalone tests. Please contact the School for further information.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • All trainee teachers are subject to checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and this must be judged to be satisfactory by the School before the start of school experience.

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 96-80 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* including an A2 level in a relevant subject (or equivalent). *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at B grade. If you do not possess the desired GCSEs then it may be possible to take one of our standalone tests. Please contact the School for further information.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • All trainee teachers are subject to checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service and this must be judged to be satisfactory by the School before the start of school experience.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

School of Education
Tel: 01248 382408
E-mail: education@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/education

Studying within the School of Education

  • We have well-established partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools to provide varied and supportive training environments
  • We have a purpose built Design and Technology Centre to train Design and Technology teachers and to teach Product Design degree students. The centre comprises a well equipped IT/lecture room, a fully equipped workshop with a comprehensive range of CNC machinery and equipment, stores and offices.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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