Taught course

Initial Teacher Training - Computer Science: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Qualifications
PGDE

Entry requirements

You will need:
  • usually a minimum 2:2 (or recognised equivalent) in a Computer Science-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview

Months of entry

September

Course content

This PGDE prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Computing, enabling you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures to explore the context of pupil attainment in Computing. Explore how teaching and learning in computing “… equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world” (National Curriculum 2014 purpose of study).

During your training you will focus on signature pedagogies for computing emphasising the practical application of theory and developing your understanding of computational thinking, coding and other relevant software. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Computing in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject and how children. You will also develop a rigorous understanding of the nature of Computing education and the important role Computer Science plays in modern society. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how learning in the subject.

getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

The aims of the National Curriculum for Computing require that children:
  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
In addition to sessions developing your understanding of teaching and learning in Computing, subject knowledge workshops will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject; and are supported by your subject knowledge development and didactics journal.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PGDE

full time
10 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090