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PGCE (Secondary) in Computing with ICT

Course Description

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

Candidates will normally be expected to engage in at least two weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation in secondary teacher education based on a wide range of subject disciplines and an effective partnership structure. Our initial teacher training programmes were rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their most recent (2011) inspection.

This course provides you with a chance to inspire the next generation of technology leaders, innovators and programmers. It will train you to teach both system analysis and various programming paradigms. On completion you will be confident to teach Computing with ICT from KS3 through GCSE (KS4) and A level (KS5).

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, and it will prepare graduates to teach in secondary schools and colleges.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints in Manchester, see http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields.

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.

Computing is a newly established subject in the secondary school curriculum. It offers qualified teachers the exciting opportunity to shape the future of how this important subject is taught. Such teachers are in great demand as Computing is a shortage subject and employment prospects are correspondingly high.

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding reputation and employment record for our PGCE Secondary Programme.

For 24 of the 36 weeks the training takes place in schools, mainly in two complementary secondary schools, but with a short primary school experience. This introduces trainees 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.

Special Features

. PGCE Secondary programmes rated 'outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted Inspection.
. Training tailored across diverse educational settings
. Includes 60 M-level CAT points, or one third of a Masters degree
. Free short skills knowledge enhancement course available (subject to confirmed PGCE offer)
. Range of bursaries available - see http://www.education.gov.uk for details

Visit the PGCE (Secondary) in Computing with ICT page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. The PGCE Computer Science requires at least 2.2 classification, likely to be in a degree with at least half the content in Computing/Computer Science. Alternatively, candidates with a degree which does not meet this requirement, but who can demonstrate considerable subject knowledge gained through industrial, commercial or school-based experience or a SKE course in Computing/Computer Science may also be considered.You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application.

Course Fees

UK and EU students full-time £9,000 · Non-EU overseas students full-time £12,500

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