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

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

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Course code G5X1

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UCAS

Course code G5X1

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Location Lancaster, School Direct
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

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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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.

  • Take advantage of the PGCE Scholarship bursary
  • 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.

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.

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.

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