Taught course

Secondary Computer Science (including School Direct) with QTS

Institution
University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 degree
  • have relevant experience in state schools (minimum 10 days) and must have some experience of working with young people
  • have GCSE grade C in English Language and Maths
  • have to pass the NCTL skills tests in literacy and numeracy

Months of entry

September

Course content

In an environment where almost every sphere of business, leisure and day-to-day activity relies on the use of computers, it is an exciting time to get involved in teaching the next generation of computer scientists.

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Why Study Secondary Computer Science (including School Direct) with QTS with us?

Computers are a part of our everyday devices; from mobile phones, the gaming industry, to the huge possibilities the internet has created, the digital environment is constantly expanding. With developments in technology changing so rapidly, the above areas are experiencing a sharp increase in the demand for skilled staff to keep ahead of developments, and to pave the way for the future.

The Government, early in 2012, recognised this fact and dramatically changed the school curriculum so that ICT was replaced by a Computer Science curriculum. This shift presents a challenge to schools and their staff which this course seeks to address.

Based upon the curriculum developed in 2012 by Microsoft, Google and The British Computer Society, trainees on the course will engage with the current suggested curriculum, and investigate how to develop lesson content that inspires and identifies the possibilities within Computer Science.

The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements.

Core (University-led) Route

This one-year, full-time course, leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary) from the University of Chester. Successful completion also results in the completion of three M level modules which may be used towards a Master's Degree. All candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can start the course.

While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, credited with delivering "high levels of academic and pastoral care" - Ofsted Report 2016.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Education and Children's Services
Email
education@chester.ac.uk