Taught course

Secondary Computer Science

University of Huddersfield · Department of Initial Teacher Education

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree of 2:2 or above with at least 50% relevant content in Computing, Computer Science and ICT. • A GCSE grade C pass in Mathematics and English. • We would like you to have as much experience as possible in a secondary school in preparation for the course. We will ask you to provide a school experience report completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience. • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach. • You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview. • You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English. • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability. These are the usual entry requirements; however those with different or older qualifications should not be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

Months of entry


Course content

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a secondary school Computer Science teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Computer Science) could be for you. You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.

A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools. You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Computer Science a particularly interesting subject to teach and pupils show enthusiasm for learning in the subject. You will learn how to plan and teach effective lessons that equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. You will teach principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and help pupils to put this knowledge to use to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression at post 16.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (IX00)
01484 478249