Taught course

PGCE in Secondary Education (Computer Science and Information and Communications Technology) with recommendation for QTS

Brunel University, London · Education

Entry requirements

•An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach. Normally this should be a 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study. •Maths and English grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level. •Passed the required Skills Tests - via the UCAS TT application cycle. Brunel University London will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place on one of the programmes and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer letter.


Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information and Communications Technology (CS-ICT) Course at Brunel University, draws on outstanding expertise and experience in Education to build upon your commitment to the teaching profession and the subject area. In a combined effort with our partnership schools we prepare you to teach computing, ie computer science, digital literacy and information technology to pupils in secondary school. We support you in developing skills in planning lessons, adopting and implementing learning and behaviour management strategies, in order that you become an effective Computing/IT classroom teacher. We also encourage critical thinking, exploration and discussions about the new Computing curriculum, its implementation and adoption in schools; the teaching of computing and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

There is also a strong emphasis on collaborative learning/work in the course. Ie students are encouraged to work together and learn from each other. We promote the use of paired placements to enhance the experience for student teachers, wherever possible. In addition these collaborative skills are developed further and extended through cross-curricular workshops/tasks with other subject-students on the PGCE course and other subject-teachers in schools. In doing so, we work actively to seek ways of promoting the integration and use of ICT across the curriculum.

During the course you will be provided the opportunity to teach in two placement schools enabling you to gain experiences of teaching Computing/IT at Key Stage 3 and 4 and for qualifications at post-sixteen. While the university-based study will consist of seminars, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, peer-led sessions and research activities.

This PGCE course carries 60 Master’s Level credits enabling graduates to go on to our MA In Teaching.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas) or equivalent required

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,170 (Schools Direct salaried); £9,250 (non-Schools Direct)
International students
£14,400 full-time

NCTL Bursaries

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599