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PGCE Secondary Computing and ICT with QTS

Course Description

This stimulating and demanding 36-week course equips trainees to teach Computing and ICT within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested).

This is an exciting time for education in Computing and ICT. You will have the opportunity to explore new and innovative ways of teaching using interesting and engaging applications.

The PGCE Secondary programme refreshes and extends students’ subject knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and make a difference to young people’s lives and ambitions.

The programme is divided into university and school/college-based sections. The 12-week university-based section is taught by highly respected staff with extensive experience of secondary school provision.

Our tutors will introduce students to various aspects of teaching, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, and assessment of attainment.

Trainees will spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges located across the South Wales region from Pembrokeshire to Monmouthshire. On both these placements, an experienced teacher will act as mentor and will keep in close contact with university tutors to ensure the smooth development of the trainee’s teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.

The programme involves four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.

Entry Criteria

You will be expected to hold a good honours degree (2:2minimum) and be a graduat of a university, polytechnic or college of higher education approved by the University of Wales. If you wish to teach in Secondary schools then your degree should be closely linked to the subject that you wish to teach.

For the September 2015 entry all PGCE applicants in Wales will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

What are GCSE Equivalency Tests?

Successful completion of a GCSE equivalency test will enable you to proceed on to a PGCE course if you do not hold a GCSE B grade in English or Maths, the test is only available to students that have gained a grade C at GCSE level.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you successfully complete your equivalency test and you accept your place to study with SWWCTE then you can start your PGCE programme as planned.

Will I get any support before the test?

Yes. You are required to attend a one day workshop which is designed to help prepare you for the test with face-to-face support. On the day of your test you will also attend a half day workshop in the morning. In addition to our face-to-face workshops, we recommend that you consult one or more of the following revision resources:

BBC Bitesize (Welsh)

BBC Bitesize (English)


GCSE Mathematics Revision Video (Welsh) by Gareth Evans, Ysgol y Creuddyn available on http://www.hwb.wales.gov.uk

GCSE Mathematics Revision booklets (available in Welsh and English) from bookshops, Amazon and WJEC (http://www.wjec.co.uk)


BBC Bitesize (English)


Visit the PGCE Secondary Computing and ICT with QTS page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Steven Crawford

“I went towards teaching because I find it completely fulfilling. I never get bored with it because technology is continuously evolving. I was excited about the new Computing GCSE and teaching young people the skills they need to create new systems rather than use them. I have started two Techno Clubs during lunch time called Alpha and Omega where I have been teaching the programme SCRATCH. The number of pupils attending grew from two to twenty in weeks.

My year 7s created a game called ‘Three Player Wars’ which was selected and hosted on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) website. I love the fact that pupils are constantly coming up with new ideas and when you show them how to implement it you hear the word WOW!

Teaching is all about the WOW factor! They understand self-evaluation because they are constantly looking to improve their ideals and they give themselves homework. There are not many subjects where you have that level of engagement and I love it” - Steven Crawford, PGCE Computing with ICT


Entry Requirements

To undertake one of our PGCE Secondary courses, you will require: • a good degree (usually a 2.2 or better) where at least 50% of the modules relate to the curriculum subject • at least a B grade (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Mathematics • at least a C grade in GCSE Welsh if you intend to study through the medium of Welsh. The University is offering free equivalency tests in both Maths and English to all 2015 applicants who satisfy the other entry requirements for their course.

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