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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    02 August 2017

Course content

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

  • enhancing your subject knowledge and skills
  • developing an understanding of the different pedagogical methods required to be an effective computing teacher
  • learning to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching computing and the wider curriculum
  • using a variety of techniques to assess and monitor pupil progress
  • learning about the ways schools and the education system function
  • understanding different techniques and approaches to classroom and behaviour management
  • learning how to plan effective lessons and develop resources which will enable all students to engage with your lessons
  • learning about the wider role of teachers in school
  • applying your skills and knowledge in a school setting
  • developing your evaluation and reflection skills
  • meeting QTS standard for teaching.

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.

School Direct

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

Course structure


  • developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary computing
  • learning and teaching in context in computing
  • block placement 1
  • block placement 2

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.


  • academic assignments including practice based essays
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice


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.

Visit the Secondary Computing PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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