Taught course

PGCE Secondary Computing with QTS

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

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Entry requirements

Degree

You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE Equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills

Experience in educational settings

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning.

You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings

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 and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.

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.

Funding for SKE courses

The SKE courses have previously been subject to funding by the Department for Education.

The current position is the Department of Education has not confirmed the SKE funding package available for SKE candidates starting in 2021, and will not do so until the end of the 2020 calendar year. Funding is dependent on the government’s ‘Spending Review’, which is currently underway. Therefore, funding for SKE and the subjects available, may change.

We will update this guidance once the government’s ongoing Spending Review is concluded. All information in the directory is therefore subject to change and will be updated for academic year 2020 to 2021 once the funding position has been confirmed.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

Interview

You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school computing curriculum. You’ll explore how to teach children computing and digital skills through hands-on activities such as programming and practical projects using Microbits, Raspberry Pi's and robots.

On this course, you will study with your PGCE Computing group, but also have the opportunity to work with other subject areas. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

The sessions will include learning how to teach theory topics including algorithms, data structures data structures, keeping safe online and programming languages used in secondary schools (such as Python).

Peer teaching will allow you to work on GCSE and A-Level theory topics, so that you understand the tasks the students will be doing in school. You’ll also have guest lectures from people working in industry, BT Barefoot, Computing At School and exam boards.

After learning ways to teach coding or how to assess a pupil’s use of HTML to create a web page, you’ll teach these skills in schools.

You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on a variety of placements, in schools engaged with the new computing curriculum. Throughout your placements, you’ll gradually increase your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.


Fees and funding

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE(QTS)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969