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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Information Technology and Computer Science) PGCE

Course Description

The PGCE Information Technology and Computer Science enables ICT & computing professionals and graduates to become effective teachers of computing (curriculum previously called ICT and now including a strong Computer Science element) in secondary schools. The programme emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory and practice and discussion with colleagues.

The programme combines the theory and practice of education which is why students spend 60 days in College and 120 days in schools. The course is research-led and you will develop your knowledge of how pupils learn; how assessment can improve learning and teaching; how to plan lessons, and how to make appropriate use of computers and the Internet to teach effectively. The programme emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory and practice and discussion with colleagues.

Key Benefits

- Our Programme, judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, is taught by one of the strongest team of computer science education tutors in the country.

- The programme at King's is challenging and students are encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.

- It is a sociable course where you will be expected to work with others, discussing issues and problems about teaching.

- You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and development in computer science education.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/pgce-information-technology-and-computer-science.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme combines the theory and practice of education. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our course.

University based: You will work with other trainees and tutors in your subject area to consider the principles and practice of teaching your subject including curriculum design, the development of materials, classroom management and lesson planning. You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and seminar groups to examine broad generic issues. During both secondary school placements there are occasional days in college for tutorials to support and monitor progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are cross-curricular research tasks and assignments.

School based: For 24 of the 36 weeks the training takes place in schools, mainly in two complementary secondary schools but with two short primary school experiences. This introduces you to recognising key constituents of good teaching, helps develop your own teaching skills and gain an understanding of how schools work and how children learn.

- Computer Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses -

Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are intensive and flexible programmes for graduates in IT/computing who want to teach computer science but whose degree is not a direct match or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening prior to training for qualified teacher status (QTS). King's College London in conjunction with Queen Mary College, University of London, has designed a 12-unit SKE programme for computer science funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

In order to be eligible for SKE (for which you may also obtain a bursary) you need an offer of a place on one of the King's PGCE programmes: either computer science or information technology and computer science. At the PGCE interview we will assess your SKE needs and determine which units you should take. Our SKE courses are also open to candidates who have PGCE offers, conditional on SKE, from other institutions. The programme runs between April and September. Please note that it is not intended for graduates in non-IT disciplines who wish to retrain in computer science: for that we recommend a conversion MSc programme (eg http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduates/programme/view/21).

- Course purpose -

Our programme is for computing/ICT specialists wishing to train to be teachers of pupils aged 11-18 in computing (previously called ICT) to GCSE level and information technology to A-level. A parallel programme, PGCE Computer Science, enables computer science specialists to train to be teach computer science to A-level. The programme will lead to the Department for Education's (HM Government) Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.

- Course format and assessment -

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the teaching standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by an 8,000-word written assignment.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment.

Career prospects

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.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Information Technology and Computer Science) PGCE page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree or higher degree (e.g. Masters) or international equivalent required in Computer Science, Computing, Information Technology or Information Systems.Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.Applicants must have experience enabling them to teach Computer Science theory and practice to GCSE level and Information Technology to A-level. GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and Mathematics. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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