BSc (Hons) Secondary Design and Technology with QTS

The BSc (Hons) Secondary Design and Technology with QTS course gives you the ability to encourage creativity and innovation in secondary school pupils. You will spend a significant part of the course in two secondary schools, gaining practical experience of teaching Design and Technology. USW's teaching course is one of the few design and technology courses that provides teaching modules in all areas of design and technology – product design, food and nutrition, engineering design and textiles. As such, employability rates for graduates are very high.

You will also have the opportunity to take the Workshop Health and Safety Certificate and Health and Hygiene Level 2. You will gain experience in school based ICT and CAD 3D modelling packages including ProDesktop, Google SketchUp, Autodesk Fusion 360 and SolidWorks. If you are a graduate, see our Secondary Design and Technology PGCE or our two year BSc (Hons) secondary degrees with Qualified Teacher Status – Mathematics with Science; Mathematics with ICT; Science with Mathematics; Science with ICT.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X1WG Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X1WG Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

Year One

  • Technical Skills
  • Design Skills
  • Pedagogic Skills Education

Year Two

  • Advanced Technical Skills
  • Advanced Design Skills
  • Advanced Subject Study
  • Initial Professional Development 1

Year Three

  • DT3: Dissertation Protocol
  • DT3: Dissertation
  • DT3: Final Project Initial Professional Development 2

In addition to 10 days observation in primary and secondary schools in year one, you will also complete 22 weeks of school experience in years two and three.



You will learn as part of small student teacher groups, regular tutorials and school based work placements. The secondary teacher training degree is taught in English, but if you’re fluent in Welsh you may undertake school experience in a Welsh medium school. In Wales, you don’t have to take the national skills tests to be recommended for the award of QTS.


Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and examinations. Practical teaching will be assessed each year in relation to the Professional Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.


A unique feature of our undergraduate design and technology teaching degree, is the experience you get across the different subject areas. These are resistant materials, textiles, food technology, systems and control and product design. Extensive project work provides the framework for a majority of the modules of study.

Collaboration with external organisations is also a strong feature. By becoming actively involved you will broaden your knowledge and experience, which will enable you, as a student teacher to confidently support local schools and organisations with their STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities.

Collaborative activities include:

  • Working alongside local schools to design and produce costumes for amateur productions
  • Workshops with the Smallpeice Trust to create mini wind turbines and to disseminate into schools
  • Hosting a workshop for local schools to support the Engineering Education Scheme Wales
  • Hosting a Wood Futures conference organised by the Forestry Commission
  • Involvement with a variety of STEM school based competitions

There will be an opportunity to gain the Workshop Health and Safety Certificate and gain accreditation in school based ICT packages including ProDesktop, Artcam and SolidWorks. You will also have the opportunity to learn or improve your Welsh language.

Careful consideration is given to the distinctive nature of education in Wales and Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig. If you are Welsh speaking, you will have the opportunity to undertake your school placement in a Welsh medium school. 


Design and technology workshops and facilities are available to be used by both the Secondary Teaching degree with QTS and PGCE students in a local secondary school.


Dr Ceri Pugh, course leader


Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

If you already have at least 120 credits at Higher Education Level 4 in related subjects, you may apply for direct entry into Year 2 of the course See secondary school observation forms and guidance

Enhanced DBS check. An interview and successful completion of literacy and numeracy tests (at interview) are required for this course.

*If you wish to apply for the course and you currently hold GCSE C grades in Mathematics and/or English, you may apply to study the new B grade equivalence modules. See further information about GCSE B grade equivalence modules.

Information for Applicants

This guidance will assist you as you prepare to apply for teaching courses at the University of South Wales.
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Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 21 Merits and 9 Passes. Where Maths and English GCSE requirements have not been met 12 level 2/3 credits are required in Maths and English. Where the Science GCSE requirement has not been met 12 level 2/3 Science credits are required.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: Five GCSEs to include B grades in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent qualifications) See equivalence guidelines.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to Placement *
Year 1, 2 and 3. Cost is dependent on placement location. SEWCTET pay 10p per mile over and above travel to University

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The shortage of teachers in design and technology in secondary schools ensures that graduates from this course can expect good job prospects and rapid career progression. On qualification, you may apply for teaching posts both within and outside Wales.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.