Art & Design

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Art & Design applicants will have a degree in art related specialisms and the portfolio represents an important part of the interview process.  Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level requirements for A&D, especially where topics have not been covered by their degree.  Along with an awareness of educational issues, a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from 11-18 with the possibilities and pleasures open to them in studying Art and Design is a good starting point for an application.

Subject Pathway

Trainees come together with Barry O’Neill, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of Art and Design. It is an opportunity to learn from Barry, visiting experts and each other.  Sessions are usually at Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester, on a Thursday.

Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips and the value of them.  Recent trips have been to Oxford and London to see art first-hand and the course provides lots of opportunities for trainees to develop their practical skills linking with the work of contemporary artists.

In January and April pathway sessions will be led by a subject tutor from the University of Bristol who will introduce the PGCE assignments on curriculum practice and curriculum research.  The University of Bristol does not offer its own Art PGCE and these assignments are specially designed for GITEP.

Programme Structure

Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course.  By the end of September trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December.

There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas.  In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school.  There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement.  The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.


Bursaries available: £9,000*
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Subject Leader

Barry-ONeilBarry O’Neill

Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Barry has been teaching Art for 10 years and has been Head of Department for 8 years. He has a Masters in Education and works as an SLE at Sir Thomas Rich’s School, which was rated ‘outstanding’ in the most recent OFSTED inspection. Barry is also the Adfecto Art NQT Mentor for Gloucestershire and has run a number of CPD sessions for teachers and Heads of Department on raising achievement. Barry has extensive teaching experience and has been a subject mentor for a number of trainees.

He believes that all learners should have the opportunity to learn and participate in a creative environment while working within a structured framework of teaching and learning. Furthermore, he believes that students should have the opportunity to develop their artistic skills through the curriculum and the opportunities that a department offers. Barry is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.

Entry Requirements


  • An Art degree (or equivalent) or a related subject.
  • Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.


  • Degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Involvement with young people in some capacity.
  • An awareness of issues in Art & Design education.

Routes & Course Codes

Institute CodeSCITTSchool DirectQTS OnlyPGCE with QTS
26PCotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (School Direct)2PY8
1ZBOdyssey TSA (School Direct)2H54 2HBV
2EHCotswold Teaching School Partnership (School Direct)38F2366S

If you have any questions please call us on 01242 505945 or complete the form on the contact page.