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Why take this course?

If you:

Are enthusiastic about working with young people
Are an analytical problem solver
Enjoy engaging in both theoretical and practical activities
Are innovative, confident and creative

Then the newly developed PGCE in Computer Science at the University of Portsmouth will train you to teach computer science fast moving curriculum area, combining a rewarding career with a necessary subject for 21st-century pupils. The course provides you with a chance to equip your pupils with a deeper understanding of computer science, and thus inspire the next generation of technology leaders, innovators and programmers.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Undertake placements with our network of experience training schools
Train in classroom management techniques as you study the theory underpinning them
Develop your subject knowledge
Develop programming skills appropriate for use in schools.
Learn to plan, prepare and teach engaging lessons.
Produce resources and materials to aid your teaching.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This means that successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.

Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training. You can find out more information and apply online at http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training.

Training Programme code: 1X99

This subject is currently attracting tax free bursaries of up to £20,000, and the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) is offering tax free sponsorships of £25,000; read more at http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/subjects-age-groups/computer-science.

This course may also be studied under the School Direct model. Read more: School Direct.

Module Details

The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement
ICT in the classroom
Lesson Planning
Classroom management
Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning computer science
Special Needs and Inclusion
Teaching and assessment

Programme Asssessment

The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.

You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.

The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.

The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you will be assessed on:

The development of your teaching skills
A formal assignment
An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge
Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

Student Destinations

Career opportunities within teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. After a few years of teaching, relatively recently qualified teachers are able to gain promotion (responsibility) points for leadership within their subject. Alternatively some teachers prefer to pursue a pastoral route and may gain promotion to Year Head or other pastoral roles. There are also opportunities to become a Subject Leader, which allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After some experience of middle management successful teachers may progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.

At the end of the training period, more than 90% of the trainees went into full-time employment in schools within the Portsmouth University Partnership.

Visit the PGCE Computer Science page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!




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