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PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

With a new focus on the subject in schools and a resurgent interest in computer technology like the Raspberry Pi, it is an ideal time to train as a teacher of computing.

This PGCE will equip you with the range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of the subject. You will learn to teach all aspects of computing, including computer science, digital literacy and information technology.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge.

You will have the opportunity to interact with the latest specialist computer science and computing software and tools in schools in order to both increase trainees' knowledge of computer science, digital literacy and information technology, and support and enhance other aspects of teaching and learning in secondary schools.


If you are a graduate who wants to develop the technical creativity and computing skills of secondary school pupils, this PGCE in Computer Science and Information Technology is for you.

The programme is ideal if you have a degree in computer science, information technology or a related subject, or work in an IT environment, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher.


You will receive professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, having experienced the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

You will also be able to support teaching colleagues in the use of digital literacy and information technology across the secondary school curriculum.


You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you will develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory;
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods
- Strategies to encourage students’ practical skills development;
- Understanding of the computing curriculum, including a range of software used in schools from Key Stage 3 to post-16 qualifications;
- Ability to plan lessons effectively;
- Excellent working knowledge of the latest software tools used in schools, and the ability to assist other teaching colleagues in the use of them;
- Enhanced subject knowledge in a range of areas, including programming, computational thinking, applications and database design, multimedia, spreadsheet modelling, web authoring, desktop publishing and aspects of computer control;
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional roles and responsibilities.

If undertaking the flexible programme, you may not need to undertake all the above study programme, work placements and methods of assessment, depending on your level of experience and which pathway you undertake.


A combination of academic and technical study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.


You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and other educational settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.


The programme is managed and developed by a team of experienced tutors all of whom have experience of teaching in schools.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in computer science and information technology, including creating an interactive teaching pack and undertaking action-based research.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in computing.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role. For more information, see http://www.education.gov.uk.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have: A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification; A degree classification at 2:2 or above; GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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