PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Computer Science and ICT (11-16 years)

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Course code G5X1

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Course code G5X1

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Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time
Start date September 2020
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Skills Test no longer required

There’s never been a better time to become a computing and IT teacher.

Our PGCE Secondary Education in Computer Science will teach you to engage young minds with the fundamentals of computing and IT, even learning brand new programming languages, so they can shine in creative industries.

We’ll support you in coupling your enthusiasm for computer science with learning about the National Curriculum framework, planning, resourcing and delivering lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities.

The course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in and students will apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the course of their studies and teaching practice.

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Your Career with a PGCE Teaching Qualification

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.

Have a question about this course or university life? Chat directly with our course tutors and current education students on our interactive tool.

PGCE Scholarship

Scholarship fund worth up to £2,000

We're offering a PGCE scholarship worth up to £2,000 to alumni of University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You won’t be dropped in the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes to reach the required standard of professional practice.

  • £1,000 cash payment and accommodation scholarship for UCLAN, Lancaster University, University of Salford and Queen Mary University of London graduates wanting to enrol on one of our campus-based teacher training programmes. More information here.
  • Benefit from the Department for Education's subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
  • Our excellent partnerships with schools in and beyond Lancashire and Cumbria enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Our PGCE Secondary Education in Computer Science is fully compliant with the Department for Education (DfE) requirements, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in two contrasting schools where you can put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into real-world practice, giving you the valuable work experience essential for future employment.
  • Our academic tutors have worked as secondary teachers and within education and know what it is like to be a professional teacher, so their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking, technologies and practices
  • A personal tutor will support you throughout your studies and your subject mentor will support your professional development at your placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books and journals you need for research
  • Free use of classroom props and learning aids that you can use on placements to enhance your teaching
  • Access to new and modern social and study spaces, technology and facilities on campus

Our Lancaster campus is also home to our The Learning, Education and Development (LED) research centre, where our tutors are involved in leading and publishing high-quality educational research to inform educational practice and policy.

During the past 100 years, with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we have gained a great track record for inspiring teachers and helping them step into employment.

So, if you enjoy working with computers and want to use your technical and programming knowledge to ignite the imagination of young people, our course is the stepping stone to see you succeed.

News and Events

Clearing 2020 goes virtual at University of Cumbria

Posted: 1 Jul 2020

Future students should look no further as the annual process of Clearing to secure a place at university this autumn begins next week. University of Cumbria has a dedicated team on hand from 9am on Monday (6 July) to help anyone who is interested in starting university this year. A new downloadable guide with everything you need to know about Clearing has also been produced, including details of Clearing Plus – a new system helping to match applicants with universities.

Graduating teachers' homelearning help for parents during Covid19 pandemic

Posted: 30 Jun 2020

Trainee teachers who are soon to graduate are behind a scheme to support parents and families amid uncertainty about pupils returning to school. More than 30 University of Cumbria final year Early Years, Primary and Secondary teacher training students are running a daily service for any parent or carer seeking help, advice or fresh ideas on how to make learning fun and meaningful for their children. The Homeschooling Support scheme is free and can be found on Facebook.

Considering clearing? Choose Cumbria

Posted: 15 Aug 2019

We are the University of Cumbria, a place where people are at the heart of all we do. Where enriching the lives of our students, staff and the communities we serve means we make a difference that goes beyond the classroom. We’re here to help you find your place with us.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 15 Aug 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.

PGCE Open Day

Sat 15 Aug 2020

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.