Degree. Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. The PGCE Computer Science normally requires at least a 2:2 classification, likely to be in a degree with at least half the content in Computing/Computer Science. Alternatively, candidates with a degree which does not meet this requirement, but who can demonstrate considerable subject knowledge gained through industrial, commercial or school-based experience or a SKE course in Computing/Computer Science may also be considered. For exceptional candidates, we will consider 3rd class degrees but only if they have substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupation. GCSEs: You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview. Experience in educational settings: Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy: All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website for the latest updates. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required. Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course: We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements. Who is this for? Graduates with non-computing degrees who fall short of the current entry criteria for subject knowledge at PGCE. Career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack the subject knowledge. Those in the Computing with ICT or associated industries who are thinking about teaching. Find out more by downloading the Computing SKE Course leaflet.
Months of entry
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
Computing with ICT is a national shortage subject, meaning successful trainees are highly employable. These routes will equip you with the skills and experience to teach at GCSE and A/AS levels, and vocational qualifications in both Computer Science and ICT.
Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry SKE and booster courses for national priority subjects, including Computing with ICT. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.
PGCE trainees will examine the theory and practice of computing, together with approaches to more general ICT skills and issues as they apply to teaching in the secondary school context. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing the course.
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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