BSc (Hons) Secondary Design and Technology with QTS

A career as a secondary school teacher offers you the chance to teach a subject you love and to engage and encourage pupils in learning for their future. Our secondary teaching design and technology course with QTS is one of the few teacher training courses that provides modules in all areas of design and technology; as such, employability rates for our graduates are very high.

You’ll spend a significant part of this secondary teacher training course in two secondary schools, where you’ll gain practical experience of teaching design and technology. You’ll study workshop skills, including woods, metal, plastics, 3D printing and routing, plus advanced skills in food, textiles and materials. You’ll also study product design, computer-based design, including CAD/CAM, computer-aided learning, and education studies. As part of your secondary initial teacher training, you will also be offered optional accreditation in Health and Safety, Health and Hygiene Level 2, and relevant school-based ICT packages.





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

Experience across many subject areas is a key feature of this secondary teacher training degree.

Year One: Secondary Teacher Training 

  • Technical Skills
  • Design Skills
  • Pedagogic Skills Education

Year Two: Secondary Teacher Training 

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

Year Three: Secondary Teacher Training 

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

In addition to 10 days of 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.

School-based study involves 10 days’ observation in primary and secondary schools in year one, followed by a 22-week school placement in years two and three. If you are fluent in Welsh, you may complete your school experience in a Welsh-medium school.


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 teacher training course 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
  • Involvement with a variety of STEM school based competitions



In collaboration with Llanwern High School, workshop facilities are based at the school. This offers an immersive learning experience that will promote your professional development and prepare you to teach secondary education.

On campus, you can learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a new science lab and simulated classrooms, which provide our student teachers with authentic learning opportunities. These learning spaces allow you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.


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

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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 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes.
Where Maths and English GCSE requirements have not been met, 15 credits with a minimum of 3 credits at Level 3 within mathematical units and 15 credits with a minimum of 3 at Level 3 within English units.

Additional Requirements

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

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

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 pursue 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 one 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. 

Admissions statement

The shortage of secondary school teachers in design and technology ensures that graduates from this teacher training course can expect good job prospects and rapid career progression. We have an established reputation for the quality of our training, and this has been recognised by secondary schools. On qualification, you may apply for posts as a secondary school teacher both in and outside the UK as this teaching qualification is recognised internationally. 

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.