DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY PGCE
STRAND TWO DIPLOMA
15th – 26th JUNE 2009
Initially the Trainees will have two days
of in house sessions focusing on
AQA/City&Guilds Engineering Diploma
teacher support resources.
•Introduction to the Diploma
•Diploma Preparing to Teach
• These INSET materials are currently
being used by AQA/CITY & GUILDS
with teachers during this current
• Trainees will receive copies of the most
recent teacher support resources that
have been issued to schools along with
training in their application across all
three Engineering Diploma Levels.
Resources from the following organisations
will also be disseminated.
• the Institute of Engineering Technology.
• QCA resources.
• Canterbury University (online).
• The Birmingham South West Area
Network (SWAN) Consortia is the host.
SWAN consists of 5 schools based
around the City Learning Centre (CLC)
at Frankley in Birmingham.
• All the schools are teaching at level 2
(Higher) in this first year with
progression to level 3 (Advanced)
planned to follow.
• The Principal learning Component
(Engineering) is delivered at the CLC
with pupils ‘bused in’ for three days per
fortnight. The trainees will have ‘hands
on’ experience in the CLC during this
• The pupils remain in their individual
schools for the balance of the week
working on other aspects of the
• The Trainees will also spend one day at
the CLC completing an assessment
task related to the Diploma Unit upon
which the pupils are currently studying.
eg. Level 2 unit 3 ‘Engineering aspects
• The trainees will spend two days in the
five consortia schools (2 Trainees per
At the CLC while shadowing teaching
groups the trainees will view and
• Principal Learning schemes of work
and styles of teaching.
• Methods of assessment (both
controlled internal assessment and
preparation for external examination).
In the five consortia schools Trainees
will be shadowing / supporting
teaching and looking at:
• schemes of work, teaching styles, and
assessment methods for other aspects
of Diploma delivery this includes:
• Functional Skills: English, Maths, and
• Recording of Personal learning and
• The diploma Project.
• Additional and Specialist Learning
• Work Experience/Industry links aspect.
• Revision for the Examination unit.
Tasks for the Final University Evaluation
session (one day).
• During the programme each pair of
Trainees will be expected to produce a
presentation on the Diploma delivery in
both the CLC and in schools. This will
• The role of the Domain and Lead
• Which departments contribute?
• How are schemes of work constructed?
• How and when delivery takes place
with particular focus on teaching
• How is assessment monitored,
controlled, and recorded in individual
schools and across the Consortia?
This presentation is to be shared in the
final group peer evaluation/discussion
session along with conducting peer
assessment of the Trainee Unit Task
outcomes using the Diploma
Overall the final day will focus on:
• Teaching styles and the setting of
Controlled Assessment Task(s) done in
• Assessment Tasks and how they meet
the Diploma ‘Evidence requirements’
and the ‘Assessment Criteria’ as listed
in the Diploma Specification.
• Preparation for the written examination.
• Discussion / evaluation of the wider
aspects of Diploma delivery in
• The University sessions, CLC
experience, the wider Diploma school
experience, attempting and assessing a
Unit Assessment Task, will give the
Trainees an in depth overview of the
breadth of Diploma study its teaching
approach, and its assessment.
• Quite an addition to their CV.
• Two days In the University with AQA/City &
• Three days in the CLC focusing on Principal
• One day in the CLC working on Assessed
• Two days in Individual Consortia Schools on
Diploma wider aspects.
• One day preparation for final evaluation
feedback and peer presentations.
• One day in the University for final group
• The University wishes record its thanks
to the SWAN for hosting the training
and to acknowledge the following for
their time and support for the Trainees.
• Ms Valerie Allen Consortia manager
• Mr Paul Griffiths Domain assessor.
• Teaching staff in the five Consortia