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BEd Post-Primary Technology and Design

UCAS Code XW12

Course Structure:

The BEd (Post-Primary) course qualifies you to teach within the 11-19 age range and provides opportunities to develop transferable skills for employment in other educational/training settings. The programme has recently been reviewed in order to take account of recent curriculum initiatives in the post-primary sector.  The programme comprises the inter-related strands as shown above and offers a wide range of flexibility so that progress through the BEd is largely self-directed.

Years 1 and 2 of the course will be foundation years in which you will study common, compulsory modules in Education Studies and Professional Studies.  You will specialise in an academic subject (or combination of subjects), in Learning for Life and Work and in Literacy and Numeracy.  In order to help you to embrace successfully the challenges of study at undergraduate level, one module will have a Study Skills focus.

In Years 3 and 4, you will continue to specialise in your chosen academic subject (or combination of subjects) and choose from a range of additional specialist modules including the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options.  This flexibility aims to give you an opportunity to specialise in a particular chosen area, for example, in the area of Pastoral Care, Special Educational Needs, 14-16 Occupational Studies or Essential Skills.

Education and Professional Studies

Education and Professional Studies is offered in each year of the post-primary degree programme.  Students are taught using innovative methodologies in tutorials, workshops, seminars and lectures, where they critically consider evidence from a range of media such as visual media, electronic journals and library texts.  Each module has a particular focus (such as Assessment for Learning or Children with Special and Additional Needs) but throughout students are made aware of the primacy of the learner.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Minimum C in Maths & English
GCE / VCE Grades BCC
GCE A Level Subjects Required T&D / Art / Computing / Physics

VCE A Level

Subjects Required

Engineering / Manufacturing 12-unit award + contrasting 6-unit award or GCE A level in a curriculum subject
Access not available
Other Factors GCSE Profile, Interview,  Personal Statement,  Reference,  Relevant Structured Experience

Course Outline

The use of the new technologies is revolutionising the ways in which we do things and consequently our life experiences and opportunities. The educational challenge is for our pupils to embrace these modern ways of thinking and learning in a way that result in capability. Technology and design is a challenging, enterprising and useful, practical school subject. Schools need teachers who can integrate the new technologies and equip pupils with these important skills of the future. Pupil learning experiences need to be relevant and meaningful, and involve them in purposeful activities that result in the development of products. Also they need to raise awareness of the implications of technology and design decisions on society and the environment.

Learning and Teaching

TandDAssignments and projects which characterise the nature of the learning experience are undertaken within a brand new suite of buildings; these include manufacturing, systems, graphics and CAD/CAM facilities.  These state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities house a wide range of new equipment and resources specifically geared towards the delivery of technology and design. The use of the computer as a design tool is encouraged and students have access to up-to-date CAD/CAM provision including CNC routers, a CNC lathe, a CNC milling machine and a laser cutter. Students are ensured good support from helpful, approachable and enthusiastic staff.  There are opportunities to experience individual and collaborative approaches to learning. Diversity of outcome is welcomed and opportunities for students to gain commercial credibility for ideas are encouraged.   In Year 4 students have the opportunity to liaise with industry to develop a case study approach to the Systems Design module.

Course Content

The Technology and Design course at Stranmillis aims to develop both the personal and professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for effective and competent classroom teaching.