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Become a Technology teacher

A Technology teacher helps young people acquire the practical skills to turn their ideas into physical reality.

The subject covers a wide range of topics which include learning craft skills, graphic and design techniques, as well as mechanical systems and computer-aided solutions. The multi-media aspect of Technology means that as pupils are learning about art and creativity, they are also learning about science and mathematics.

Giving your class the knowledge and tools to design and make objects, will enable young people to express themselves with confidence and equip them with practical skills they can use for life.

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"Pupils don’t all learn the same way, which keeps lessons varied as you have to adapt your teaching style for every class and pupil. This makes each day different." Ian Power – Computing Teacher at Auchinleck Academy
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What being a Technology teacher covers:

  • Organising and setting lessons
  • Monitoring the progress of pupils, through coursework and homework
  • Inspire students to design and make objects by working with computer-aided design systems and wood or metal work tools
  • Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
  • Planning, supervising and leading study trips.

Take that next step into Technology

It’s a career choice that comes with a good starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a degree in an Engineering or a Technological subject plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Alternatively, you can study a degree course that combines Technology with education. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) and
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) and
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

Universities you can study in

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Technology at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider for the most up-to-date information.

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