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.
This Masters in Bioinformatics (formerly Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology) is an exciting and innovative programme that has recently been revamped. Bioinformatics is a discipline at the interface between biology, computing and statistics and is used in organismal biology, molecular biology and biomedicine. This programme focuses on using computers to glean new insights from DNA, RNA and protein sequence data and related data at the molecular level through data storage, mining, analysis and graphical presentation - all of which form a core part of modern biology.
Bioinformatics helps biologists gain new insights about genomes (genomics) and genes, about RNA expression products of genes (transcriptomics) and about proteins (proteomics); rapid advances have also been made in the study of cellular metabolites (metabolomics) and in a newer area, systems biology.
‘Polyomics’ is an intrinsically systems-level approach involving the integration of data from these ‘functional genomics’ areas - genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics - to derive new insights about how biological systems function.
The programme structure is designed to equip students with understanding and hands-on experience of both computing and biological research practices relating to bioinformatics and functional genomics, to show students how the computing approaches and biological questions they are being used to answer are connected, and to give students an insight into new approaches for integration of data and analysis across the 'omics' domains.
On this programme, you will develop a range of computing and programming skills, as well as skills in data handling, analysis (including statistics) and interpretation, and you will be brought up to date with recent advances in biological science that have been informed by bioinformatics approaches.
The programme has the following overall structure
Additional information about the programme can be found in the Bioinformatics MSc Programme Structure 2017-18.
Please note: students undertaking the three month PgCert will also be required to take two exams in March/April.
Most of our graduates embark on a University or Institute-based research career path, here in the UK or abroad, using the skills they've acquired on our programme. These skills are now of primary relevance in many areas of modern biology and biomedicine. Many are successful in getting a PhD studentship. Others are employed as a core bioinformatician (now a career path within academia in its own right) or as a research assistant in a research group in basic biological or medical science.
A postgraduate degree in bioinformatics is also valued by many employers in the life sciences sector - eg computing biology jobs in biotechnology, biosciences, neuroinformatics and the pharma industries.
Some of our graduates have entered science-related careers in scientific publishing or education. Others have gone into computing-related jobs in non-bioscience industry or the public sector.
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.