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PGCE Secondary Computing

Course Description

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-computing

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 http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects, visit our teach site https://www.shu.ac.uk/teach/

Other admission requirements

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in computer-related or other educational activities. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/207

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

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

Entry Requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You must also: hold an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of computer science or ICT study; successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership; complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. See course description for further admission details.

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