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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Computer Science and ICT

Course Description

There has never been a more exciting time to teach computer science and ICT, which is going through one of the biggest changes ever seen. More and more jobs are appearing to meet the demand of schools who need specialist teachers in computing, so if you're skilled in using computers and want to share your knowledge, then our PGCE will provide you with all the tools needed for a successful career as a secondary school teacher.

We work closely with partnership schools in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Fylde coast, allowing you to complete two placements in different schools and even start teaching by week three of the course! Our experienced tutors will help you learn how to plan, resource and deliver effective lessons to pupils across the ability range. You'll work with people from a variety of backgrounds, sharing experiences of the classroom and ICT work (including programming and technical knowledge) to help enhance everybody's learning. Everything you have done previously will help you on the route to becoming a successful teacher of computer science and ICT, even if you are yet to see the relevance, so allow us to put your skills into focus to achieve a successful career in teaching.

Course outline

You will learn all the skills you need to teach computing effectively, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons through to developing personal skills and confidence. During school placements you will work with experienced teachers, including your mentor who will supervise you training, assessing your progress towards QTS. Most placements are in Cumbria or Lancashire, but some may be available in London, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man.

Graduate destinations

This course prepares you to become a specialist Secondary Computer Science and ICT teacher, trained to deliver the essential knowledge and skills that make computer science and ICT a wide-ranging, creative and exciting subject.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course.

Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course. Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.

Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Computer Science and ICT page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are welcome to apply if you have an honours degree in any ICT or computing subject at 2:2 or above, for example, networking, games design, multimedia, business and ICT. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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