Our Computing PGCE is designed to allow computing professionals and graduates to become inspiring secondary school teachers. The course emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and discussion with colleagues. The course covers topics such as how pupils learn, how assessment can improve learning and teaching, how to plan and deliver outstanding lessons.
The PGCE Computing is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and the South East. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.
You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings, and will develop your expertise in general educational and
professional issues, and subject pedagogy.
You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Our programme is for computing/ICT specialists wishing to train to be teachers of pupils aged 11-18 in computing to GCSE level and computer science to A-level. It will lead to the Department for Education's (HM Government) Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.
You can typically expect:
*This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.
**Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.
The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.
Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided in the offer holder pack and during the course
School direct Route: Students undertake teaching placements in secondary schools selected by their Lead School. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.
The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.
The Education MA is a flexible course that enables students to pursue their own particular interests in education. It combines interdisciplinary perspectives with the development of analytical and core research skills. The course enables students to develop a critical understanding of education policies and practices and promotes capacities for creative thought and action.
Hosted in the School of Education, Communication and Society, which is internationally recognised as a centre of research and teaching excellence in the field of education, the Education MA supports students to develop a critical understanding of the social, political and philosophical trends underpinning contemporary developments in education. Students are taught by academics who are world leading in the fields of curriculum studies, critical pedagogy, educational assessment, education policy and sociology and philosophy of education.
The course will enable participants to develop an in-depth understanding of education policies and practices, drawing on UK and international contexts and perspectives, and acquire the skills and contacts that will enable them to progress in their careers. For those who work in education, the course will enable students to critically reflect on their own educational roles and carry out independent research in their workplaces.
The required module, Critical Perspectives on Education, will be delivered on a weekly basis over the autumn term. This combines highly interactive lectures with online blended learning to support learning within and beyond curriculum specialisms, including English, Science, Computing and Modern Languages. The extensive range of optional modules available makes the course highly flexible, enabling students to specialise in a particular area of educational research.
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Typically per 30 credit module you can expect 20-30 hours of teaching and 270-290 hours of self-study. For our academic study skills workshops you can expect 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, you can expect 9 hours of individual dissertation supervision and 24 hours of dissertation workshops, in additional to 567 hours of self-study.
Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.
The Computing PGCE with ICT equips students to teach the 11-16 age range. During the programme, students will develop the skills required to be a specialist subject teacher capable of designing and delivering excellent lessons in computing.
The programme consists of university-based sessions, school-based sessions and teaching placements. University-based sessions will include the study of the Computing curriculum, lesson planning, effective teaching, classroom management and approaches to assessment. Some of the professional studies elements will be delivered in school.
Students will gain experience of a wide range of approaches to teaching, while working with very experienced mentors who are skilled at providing positive feedback and support.
Students undertake two level 7 (Master’s-level) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE).
You will spend most of your time (120 days) in schools, working with subject specialist mentors who will support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with some outstanding mentors and strong computing departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of an ongoing portfolio charting the student's continuing professional development.
Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: PGCE Computing with ICT
Bursaries are available for some subject programmes to students who meet the eligibility criteria. To find out what funding may be available to you, please visit the Department for Education funding page.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as computing and ICT teachers, while others have jobs as Heads of Computing/ICT. Graduates in this area can also be found working as senior managers in schools.
Graduates of the Secondary PGCE programme are highly employable and sought after by schools and colleges in London and beyond. Almost all graduates secure their first teaching post by the time they finish the PGCE programme. Graduates of the programme also have great career prospects, with many becoming Head of Department or a Head of Year within 2-5 years, often acting, in their schools, as mentors to new PGCE student teachers. Many of our graduates become senior teachers (such as Assistant Headteachers or Head of a Faculty) in 5-8 years of graduating, and some are now Headteachers. Others have developed their careers as subject specialist teachers and educators, both becoming lead teachers in the classroom and researching, writing and advising other teachers themselves. The Secondary PGCE Programme is a springboard into a rewarding career, not just as a skilled teacher, but as an educational leader.
Tutors on the Secondary PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy.
Our partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.
Throughout their time on the PGCE Computing with ICT, students will be supported by tutors and specialist subject mentors with many years of experience as classroom teachers, heads of department and subject advisory teachers.
Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This course will provide you with the relevant skills to teach Computer Science across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement and, in the longer term, progress your career by giving you the subject knowledge to become a subject coordinator, head of department or ICT co-ordinator. Computer Science is included as a science subject in the EBacc performance measure which will create a huge demand for computing teachers so you can expect to have excellent employment prospects on completion.
For those applicants that have a good grasp of ICT but need to enhance their subject knowledge of Computer Science to give flexibility at secondary level, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. You will study a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of planning, classroom management and delivery of secondary computing lessons. The focus will be upon the teaching and development of the computing curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
You can also expect to engage with several key topics which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including:
• Computational Thinking
• Capture and Manipulation of Data
• Appropriate Presentation of Information
• Engaging students with emerging technologies
• Creativity and Innovation
• Ethical Issues in ICT
• Digital Literacy
The programme consists of 40 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. You will also benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands.
You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements in at least two secondary schools. After completing the course you will have acquired high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. You can expect to be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide trainee teachers with support and guidance. Partnership Tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support.
A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests through individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of computer science education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.
A combination of lectures and tutorials are used alongside support from individual tutors, in well-resourced IT rooms. Assessment is primarily through individual and group coursework.
• You will have with the opportunity to engage in a range of visits, conferences and experiences. These may include the annual Computing at School conference, local Computing at School hubs and Digital Days
• You will be introduced to a range of exciting and innovative strategies through which existing and emerging technologies are being used in school to enhance the quality of teaching and learning of both Computer Science and ICT
• As a graduate you will be highly sought after by head teachers. You may also be eligible for a £25,000 scholarship (see postgraduate bursary page for more information)
• Understanding education theory is an important part of the course which gives you an understanding of the issues you encounter in the classroom, and provides a basis for excellent classroom practice
Learn how to share your enthusiasm for computing to inspire the next generation of students. This course enables you to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary computing, enabling you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.
Computing teachers are in high demand, so the job prospects on qualification are excellent. As computing is a priority subject, you could be eligible for a tax free bursary of up to £25,000.
On the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by
You complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16 or 11–18 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.
While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor as well as continued support from your university based tutor. Many students also manage to secure positions in the schools they have trained in.
All of our practical sessions take place in a purpose built computing classroom, which replicates the teaching environment typically found in schools.
During the course, you complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications will earn you QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.
By the end of the placements you are able to show how you meet the qualified teacher status standards that are required by this course.
Many of the mentors at our partnership schools have strong connections with the University, a number of them having studied here themselves. Many are also active in the local community of computing teachers to which all students on the course are invited, thus boosting opportunities for networking and understanding current issues in computer teaching.
Expert university based tutor
Our university based tutor has considerable teaching experience in schools and maintains classroom practice via the delivery of outreach sessions in partnership schools. This tutor has held positions as assistant head, as well as head of department and mentoring his own PGCE students. This classroom experience brings a great deal of reality into teaching sessions.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
For more information visit our School Direct page
We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.
We have an excellent graduate employment record. One hundred per cent of last year's PGCE graduates are teaching. The government is currently interested in increasing computer science in schools, so qualified computing teachers are in demand and there is a shortage of teachers to cover this area.