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

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Health
Qualifications
PGDE

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific requirements
  • 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
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme.
  • Original evidence of GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required if you are successful and form part of your conditions of offer
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

When to apply:

2022 Entry: Courses can be viewed on the government's Get into Teaching website from 5th October 2021, with applications opening 12th October 2021. Given the popularity of some specialisms and the limited number of places, we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Ability

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • depth of relevant subject knowledge
  • potential to work effectively at Masters level
  • ability to work with others in teams
  • ability to manage people and projects

Attitude

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • an interest and enthusiasm for their chosen subject area
  • an ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
  • commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
  • enthusiasm and resilience

Location

You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.

Selection events

Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and normally comprise:

  • an individual interview
  • a written task for PGDE Modern Languages
  • a subject specific task for certain subjects
  • an individual interview
  • a practical assessment in some subject areas

Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day. Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.

Prior to entry

You will need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

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.

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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, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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