For PGCE Secondary, you will need a 2.2 degree or above in computer science or a related subject. Especially if your first degree is in a related area but not in computer science itself, we may require you to complete our Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to bring your subject knowledge up to speed. Additionally you must have GCSE grade C in mathematics, English and science. It is preferable that you undertake at least two weeks work experience in a UK or Republic of Ireland Primary education context before applying. Professional skills tests Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven’t passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please visit our dedicated webpage for further information about how to prepare and book for the profesional skills tests.
Months of entry
The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Computer Science with ICT course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. In 2012, the ITT Secondary Programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features by Ofsted.
A new statutory computing curriculum for schools will come into force from September 2014 and computer science now counts as a science subject in the EBacc performance measure. This is going to create a huge demand for computing teachers.
Even if you don't have a first degree in computing, you may still be eligible to join the course, especially if you have substantial computing experience which will benefit your future pupils, and you are able to demonstrate that you have the skills, personal qualities and knowledge to become a secondary teacher. We may require you to complete our Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.
The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:
- Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
- Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
- Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-18 age range
- Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Computer Science/ ICT curriculum
- Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
The course has some unique features including electronic conferencing between trainees and electronic submission and feedback of assignments. Subject studies focus on the development of Computer Science with ICT capability at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and post-16. Alongside this, you will develop a personal Computer Science/ICT Profile. All aspects of your subject knowledge and professional development are carefully monitored at key points throughout the course.
Two thirds (120 days) of the course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Middlesex Enquiries