Taught course

Secondary Computer Science - PGCE

Birmingham City University · School of Education

Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) 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.
It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to enrolment.
For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy
Pre-Interview School Experience
For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting.
In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.
It will support your application to undertake this teaching episode prior to application and in advance of your interview.
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 test to assess your standard of English.
Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership 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


Course content

With the Secondary Computer Science PGCE, we are training teachers who can equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We want passionate teachers who can bring this exciting subject to life.

Computing education in schools is no longer about being learning how to operate software to effectively present information.The ability to problem solve using a variety of powerful modelling techniques is an important skill that must be practised and mastered.

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 of Education 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
International students

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

The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+ 44 (0)121 331 5595