Taught course

PGCE Computing

Institution
King's College London · Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy
Qualifications
PGCE

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Entry requirements

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2nd class honours or higher degree (e.g. master's) (or international equivalent) required in computer science, computing, information technology or information systems. Related degrees that include a high computer science component may also be considered.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach. Applicants must have experience enabling them to teach computer science theory and practice to GCSE level and information technology to A-level. Enhancement courses: If your degree is in information technology but your knowledge of computing is limited you may be asked to complete a one to six-month subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. You have to secure a place on a PGCE course before you can start SKE, and SKE typically starts in May or July, so you are advised to apply early for the PGCE. For further guidance, see our detailed FAQs.
  • GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test approved by King's, before the course starts.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The PGCE Computing at King’s equips computing professionals and graduates to become inspiring secondary school teachers. The course emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and discussion with colleagues.

King’s has established strong links with excellent partner schools and can offer trainees a rich and diverse experience of curriculum planning and delivery.

Trainees benefit from our central London location and participate in specifically organised visits, which have included trips to the Raspberry Pi Academy and the Science Museum pending availability.

Key benefits

  • The PGCE Computing is judged Outstanding by Ofsted and taught by a strong team of computing education tutors.
  • Work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and development in computing education. In the last research assessment exercise the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014).
  • King’s is home to the interdisciplinary Computing Education Research Centre (CERC), connecting expertise in education, computing, robotics and digital humanities to inform the understanding of computing education across all age groups and sectors. Trainees benefit from collaboration with CERC staff.
  • At the conclusion of their PGCE course in July 2020, 87% of our trainees had been employed as NQTs at schools in the UK and abroad.
  • Two assessed pieces of coursework give you 60 Master’s-level credits – a third of an MA – which puts you well on the way to a Master’s degree in your chosen profession.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Officer
Email
artshums-graduateadmissions@kcl.ac.uk