Taught course

Secondary Computer Science and IT - PGCE

Institution
Birmingham City University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, of which at least 50 per cent should be in Computing.

You must also have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment.
If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.
Selection Interview
The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
You will also take a written task to assess your standard of English.
Applicants must meet the Department for Education's requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Are you committed to becoming a passionate teacher who can inspire pupils to realise the potential of this important and far-reaching subject? If so, then we're looking to train you on our PGCE Secondary in Computer Science and IT! Our aim is to develop you into a teacher who enables pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

You’ll be a key component of this core curriculum area, encouraging pupils in their ability to problem solve using a variety of powerful modelling techniques. Your impact will be far-reaching, ensuring your pupils become creators of technology and not just consumers. You will help them develop transferable skills that can be used in a range of subject areas.

These transferrable skills can help pupils in numerous subjects and disciplines ensuring they are not just consumers of technology but creators as well. This course has strong links with the British Computer Society (BCS) who are working with the Department of Education to develop the next generation of computing teachers.

The School works in conjunction with the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment as a Computing at School (CAS) Regional Centre. We are leaders in developing computer science teaching across the West Midlands supporting both new and established practitioners learn how best to teach this wonderful subject. Trainees on this course will be immersed in this culture of development and will help to shape the subject for years to come.

Information for international students

Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursaries are dependent on your degree classification. BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, also offers a higher level scholarship subject to making a successful application by their deadline.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE(QTS)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Pre-entry Enquiries Team
Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)121 331 5595