Taught course

Secondary Computing PGCE with QTS

Institution
University of Huddersfield · Department of Initial Teacher Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

Entry requirements

  • An Honours Degree (2.2 or above) with at least 50% content in Computing, Computer Science and ICT.. If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution
  • 2 Science Subjects at Advanced level (grade C or Applied Science qualification at Merit)
  • GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or pass at grade 4 or above with equivalencytesting.com
  • 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 the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme
  • You must complete a satisfactory interview
  • 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.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2019.

Application to the PGCE via an Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) route: If your degree qualification does not meet our normal entrance requirements, you can apply and may be offered a place conditional on the successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme Entry requirements for this are:

  • A minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree with some subject specific content linked to the subject you are applying to. (If you’ve got an overseas degree, we’ll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution)
  • An A Level (or equivalent) in the subject; normally at grade C
  • A second A level in science would be required The ability to complete an SKE (this may be up to a 28 weeks) Additionally you will need:
  • GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or pass at grade 4 or above with equivalencytesting.com
  • We would like you to have as much experience as possible in a secondary school in preparation for the course. You will need 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 must complete a satisfactory interview
  • 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

Months of entry

September

Course content

If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school Computer Science teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Computer Science) will help you on your way. 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'll learn how to plan and teach effective lessons that equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. You'll 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.

Our course is designed to prepare you to teach in secondary school settings. Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school or 16-19 setting.

The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education. The programme is divided into two main themes:

Initial Professional Development

You’ll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching and subject knowledge base to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include educational psychology, how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and develop your own educational philosophy.

Computer Science Specialist Subject Pedagogy

You will extend your subject knowledge to cover the subject content needed to teach a wide range of Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science courses to secondary pupils. You will also learn how to plan and teach effective lessons that cover areas such as algorithms, programming and development, data and data representation, hardware and processing, communication and networks and information technology skills, knowledge and understanding.

Information for international students

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Fees and funding

In 2019/20 the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU students on this course will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
sepd@hud.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1484 478249