UCAS code: 29SQ / 2NKR
On the NTTP Design Technology course, students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed to show that trainee teachers demonstrate that they have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
Design Technology teachers need to have broad subject knowledge as they can be asked to teach a number of specialisms. This course will give you the knowledge and understanding needed to teach at least two specialisms to KS3 and at least one to KS4 level.
The course will give you a qualification in core Health and Safety. You will attend subject specialist sessions to build your subject knowledge and begin to explore ways that this knowledge can be taught in a classroom situation. There is a heavy practical element to these sessions and most outcomes completed as a result will be 3D in nature which make excellent teaching resources. These sessions are delivered by practicing teachers who work in schools across the partnership.
When you study Design Technology on the NTTP programme you receive a practice-led, hands on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor (SBT) within school, the Professional Tutor of the school, the Lead Subject Mentor from the NTTP SCITT, the Programme Facilitators along with the Administration staff team. Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy. Constant self-reflection allows trainees to assess their strengths and development potential, which should allow progression and confidence.
You will spend the majority of your course in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals and fantastic students. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching and you will be amazed at the speed at which your teaching develops. The programme is designed to suit you, with your strengths nurtured and your areas for development targeted, improved upon and monitored.
During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however, in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too. You will also experience PSHE and Citizenship delivery when acting as a form tutor.
Subject Studies are usually delivered as twilight sessions and mostly take place in the first half of the year so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. They are designed to illustrate ways to help you apply your knowledge and understanding in designing and teaching lessons. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor (LSM) and other experienced teachers from within partnership schools. Sessions are held across a selection of our schools.
A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows in addition to in in depth specialist training for Design Technology.
- 2D Design
- Health & Safety – Hand Tools and basic machinery
- The Design Process including drawing skills
- Iterative Design
- Smart Materials in Textiles
- Graphics – modelling skills in a range of compliant materials
During the selection process, you will complete a Subject Knowledge Audit. You will review this with your LSM at the start of the training year and it will become the starting point for your Individual Learning Plan 1 (ILP1) which will establish target areas for the development of your subject knowledge and application. Subject Studies sessions will help you to meet these targets, but will also be responsible for identifying and filling any gaps in your subject knowledge.
Information about the Design Technology National Curriculum can be found on the following website:
Exam boards used by the schools within the partnership may include AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. Click on the links below for more information: