The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
Computing with ICT is a national shortage subject, meaning successful trainees are highly employable. These routes will equip you with the skills and experience to teach at GCSE and A/AS levels, and vocational qualifications in both Computer Science and ICT.
Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry SKE and booster courses for national priority subjects, including Computing with ICT. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.
PGCE trainees will examine the theory and practice of computing, together with approaches to more general ICT skills and issues as they apply to teaching in the secondary school context. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing the course.
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Features and benefits of the course
-State-of-the-art teaching facilities at the £139 million Brooks Building in Manchester
-Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
-Subject Knowledge Enhancement course available (subject to DfE funding and eligibility)
-Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status
-Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas
-Course includes 60 Masters Level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
-Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching
-Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute
School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.
Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.
Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas. These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school. Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.
About the Course
You will work with tutors and fellow trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing with ICT in the 11-19 context.
The course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management. You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and tutor groups to explore general issues in secondary teaching.
We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.
There are two elements of assessment:
-Teaching, incorporating School Experience Files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences. This element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
-Written assignments; this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation.
In addition there are several course completion requirements:
-The Record of Professional Development - a portfolio of evidence of your personal and professional development.
-Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.
On successful completion you will achieve the standards for the University award of PGCE. Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, helping you to enter your first appointment with confidence.