Taught course

Secondary Computer Science PGCE (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 2:2 degree (2:1 preferred)
  • have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Maths
  • have to pass the NCTL skills tests in literacy and numeracy

Apply online at: www.ucas.com/ucas-teacher-training

Months of entry

September

Course content

Course overview

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 PGCE 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.

How will I be taught?

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching.

How will I be assessed?

  • Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities.
  • School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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