Taught course

Information Technology and Computer Science (IT&CS)

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

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Entry requirements

Currently, you must have GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics.

The Information Technology and Computer Science Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course prepares you to teach the subject to all ages and abilities in the secondary school system (KS3 and KS4). The central aim of the course is to produce confident, competent and professional teachers of IT and computing, with a good grasp of effective approaches to teaching, and the enthusiasm and skill to help pupils understand, enjoy and apply their learning.

Months of entry


Course content

Want to prepare the next generation for a future in the digital age? Teaching IT and Computer Science is a rewarding experience. If you have a passion to educate and skills in IT or Computer Science then the PGCE in Information Technology and Computer Science could be the course for you.

Educate students in the basics of coding, networking and web services (including HTML), and cyber security. Instruct learners in the way computing devices function, including hardware and software. Help learners become the creators of technology not just users of technology. The PGCE will provide you with the tools, techniques, and understanding to guide your future learners with ease through the subject.

The course aims to prepare you for the ever-changing world of school based computing and IT, digital literacy and the use of computing across the curriculum including Technology Enhanced Learning. The course itself focuses upon the role of computing in the classroom, teaching and learning theory, moral and social issues arising from the widespread use of computers and, of course, the teaching of the Computing National Curriculum and examinations at both GCSE and GCE level.

The course aims, in a combined effort by the University and our partnership schools, to develop your subject knowledge through a range of approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations, simulations and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research.

The central focus of the course is on teaching computing in a challenging yet accessible way and understanding how children learn. The university-based sessions often consist of practical workshops, where students can develop their computing skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as learning the pedagogical knowledge needed to teach.

The course aims to ensure trainee teachers have the skills, knowledge and understanding to meet the challenges of a changing curriculum based on developing technologies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

023 8059 2413