Course Overview

Much like teaching any subject, teachers who are passionate about DT are able to share their knowledge and excitement with their students.

When you teach DT at secondary level, you will teach pupils to:


  • Use research and exploration to identify user needs
  • Identify and solve design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given
  • Develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products responding to needs
  • Use a variety of approaches including biomimicry and user-centred design, to generate creative ideas
  • Use annotated sketches
  • Use detailed plans
  • Use 3D and mathematical modelling
  • Use oral and digital presentations
  • Use computer-based tools


  • Select and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
  • Select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties


  • Reflect and analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies
  • Test, evaluate and refine ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
  • Understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists

Technical knowledge:

  • Understand and use the properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions
  • Understand how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable changes in movement and force
  • Understand how more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products, e.g. input, output, circuits
  • Apply computing and use electronics to embed intelligence in products that respond to inputs, e.g. sensors, and control outputs e.g actuators, using programmable components e.g microcontrollers

Food Technology:

  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
  • Cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  • Become competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes]
  • Understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

Benefits of participating in an DT teacher training course with us:

  • You will receive ongoing support from the globally-renowned York St John University
  • We are in partnership with an outstanding network of schools, with the added opportunity of being able to teach in sixth forms
  • To help support your year of teacher training, you may be eligible for funding
  • We are consistently rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted