Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education Computer Science

University of Wolverhampton · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for Computer Science and an ability to think creatively in presenting the subject to others. This new course is Computer Science, not IT, and candidates need to understand that they will be expected to teach Computer Science topics such as programming, computer architecture, algorithms, data transmission and representation, number conversion and abstraction. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people. Also you will need: A good honours degree in Computer Science or IT (usually 2:2). A joint degree, with at least 50% Computer Science content, and another National Curriculum subject may be acceptable. A training bursary of £20,000 is available for trainees with a first class honours degree or a 2:1 honours degree. There is a £15,000 bursary for those with a 2:2 honours degree. There are no bursaries for degrees lower than a 2:2. The British Computer Society are offering some £25,000 scholarships through a competitive application process - see more details on their website. Sound spoken communication, literacy and numeracy skills You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this. GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent). Please consult the following guidance on GCSE and equivalent qualifications for entry to initial teacher training courses before applying. If your qualification is not listed please contact us for clarification.

Months of entry


Course content

Computer Science is an exciting new secondary school curriculum subject. It covers topics such as algorithms, programming, data, computers and social informatics, and communications and the internet. As a trainee you will learn how to teach Computer Science to pupils of all ages. You will learn how to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through project work and how to teach programming. You will also experience teaching Computer Science theory to all secondary age groups (11-16).

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Institute of Education
0800 953 3222