Taught course

PGCE Secondary Computing

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

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Entry requirements

All entrants must hold an Honours degree in a relevant subject (normally 50% subject content of an honours degree), or a recognised equivalent qualification. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will undertake a written task to assess your level of standard English and a mathematics diagnostic task to assess your numeracy skills. For entry onto a teaching programme you will be required to pass the Skill tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencement of the course. Please visit the Department of Education (DfE) website for further information. Potential applicants would benefit from engaging in School Experience within a secondary mainstream setting, within their chosen subject specialism. Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements for Initial Teacher Training by successfully completing an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring System (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to equip you with expertise and experience to become a computer science/computing teacher in a secondary school. You will develop detailed subject knowledge, skills and understanding of pedagogical issues related to computer science at the 11-14 and 14-16 age phases.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement
If your degree does not include sufficient computer science or you require a refresher computer science course for what you are required to teach in a secondary school, the Department for Education sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses which range in length . Newman's SKE courses will provide you with the opportunity to acquire sufficient computer science subject knowledge to teach it to at least Key Stage 3, 4 and post-16. Visit the SKE Computing page for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    PGCE routes at Newman University provide two opportunities. A Postgraduate Certificate of Education which includes 60 credits at Masters level is initially followed by all students. A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education at Level 6 can be followed by applicants who demonstrate effective classroom practice but whose academic record is not suited to Masters level work.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Andrew Csizmadia
+44 (0)121 476 1181 ext 2389