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Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing (PG Cert) is an innovative and flexible course designed to meet the needs of teachers in primary schools and enhance the capability of the schools they work in to produce outstanding work in the area of Computing. The PG Cert comprises two modules that are studied successively.

Course content

The course is designed for professionals who want to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching primary computing. It aims to equip teachers with the subject knowledge, pedagogical skills and critical understanding needed to lead positive change in learning and teaching across the three strands of the new computing curriculum: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. It will provide professional recognition, enhance confidence, and nurture the leadership skills needed to develop outstanding computing teaching in schools and clusters.

Course modules (16/17)

-Developing Primary Computing
-Leading Primary Computing

Methods of Learning

The course is taught through a blended learning approach. Face-to-face teaching ranges from lectures to practical workshops and small group tutorials. There will be two residential weekends during the academic year and early evening network meetings every half term. These are complemented by supported online study and engagement with an online community of practice that will enable teachers to continue to engage in discussion and debate at a distance. In addition to the main programme, teachers will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities.

Facilities and Special Features

-Residential weekends forming a close peer network.
-Continual online support from course tutors.
-Shared enquiry with fellow teachers developing the confidence to lead.
-Assessment tasks linking classroom practice with theory and research.
-Opportunities to join existing practitioner communities such our CAS Master Teacher network extending and sharing good practice.


Teachers who complete this post-graduate certificate will find that they have made significant progress towards gaining an MA in Education as each module carries 30 Master’s level credits.

Visit the Primary Computing Postgraduate Certificate PGCert page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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