Design and Technology

Course Overview

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Design and Technology is a truly dynamic subject which is at the forefront of our ever changing world. It requires initiative, an enquiring mind, determination, the careful management of time and a sense of responsibility for making decisions and taking action.  

The course offers trainees’ opportunities to develop their professional competence, skills and understanding in this area. The philosophy of teaching the subject will be explored and be supported by working with young people in classrooms, workshops and other bespoke areas. 

Trainees specialise in one aspect of Design and Technology to teach across the 11-16 range, which will be identified during the recruitment process and selected from one of the options below. It is inevitable that some aspects of the subject will require further development in skills and knowledge but that will be addressed as part of the training plan throughout the year.


Resistant Materials and Graphics


Food and Textiles

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto the course you will need:

  • a degree with a significant element of Design Technology.
  • advanced level qualifications, or equivalent experience, in the Design Technology strand you wish to teach (resistant materials/graphics or food technology/textiles).
  • GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • have passed the QTS skills in English and Maths by 1st September 2018.
  • the ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
  • a good state of physical and mental fitness
  • confirmation that you have not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons.
  • The suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools. 

It is beneficial that you also have: 

  • experience of working with secondary-age children.
  • recent experience of your subject in a secondary school.
  • a competent level of ICT skills.

It is desirable to have passed the QTS skills tests prior to interview. However, if this is not the case there is an expectation the tests are completed as soon as possible after an offer has been made. 


Course Details

The course structure for most students will consist of:

  • A main placement in a secondary school.
  • A shorter second placement in another partnership secondary school.
  • Gaining experience of teaching within the Primary sector.
  • Experiencing SEND teaching at Brackenfield School.

Throughout the year students will: 

  • Have full access to The University of Nottingham services.
  • Enjoy full student entitlement of The University of Nottingham, including use of the library, on-line support and SU membership.


We are pleased to offer the following places for 2018/19:

  • Provider-led and School-direct (unsalaried) places in Design and Technology - Food/Textiles.
  • Provider-led and School-direct (unsalaried) places in D and T - Resistant Materials/Graphics. 

For provider-led places apply on UCAS to EMTTP.

For school-direct places apply to our lead school (The West Bridgford School) via the UCAS teacher training application website. 

If you are successful in gaining a place via either of these pathways you will undertake your main placement through one of our partner schools:

  • Ashfield School
  • Groby Community College
  • John Flamsteed School
  • Joseph Whitaker
  • Kimberley School
  • Ripley Academy
  • South Wolds Academy
  • West Bridgford School