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Secondary Computer Science

PGCE

Small class sizes

We’ll support you through your first experiences of teaching

Hands-on training

Achieve your PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status in 36 weeks

Local partnerships

We aim to keep your journey to placements within 40 minutes

UCAS code:
IX99
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
9 Months
Start date:
9 September 2019
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From databases and programming to Raspberry Pi and algorithms, you’ll help students understand the world of computer science. Get hands-on experience teaching on placement and develop your knowledge of the secondary school curriculum on campus.

Children are adept with technology. But you’ll help them understand the code, algorithms and operating systems behind the screen.

We’ve designed this course to help you understand how to support KS3, KS4, and KS5 students. You’ll develop the skills you need to make sure young people enjoy learning.

Throughout your training, you’ll get hands-on experience on placement. You’ll also join study sessions to explore misconceptions in computer science, programming, lesson planning and more.

From getting the most out of your induction, to tips on teaching your first lesson, your personal tutor will be there to support you every step of your PGCE journey. 

You can find out more about careers in teaching at our “I want to teach” event.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Computer Science

Work placements

At Staffordshire University, we have close links with partner schools across the region.

We’ll always aim to arrange placements within 40 minutes of where you live.

We have partnership schools in Stoke, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, West Midlands and Birmingham.

Course content

Our Computer Science PGCE takes 36 weeks to complete. This school led course includes a one-week induction to prepare you for your placement and weekly sessions to develop your knowledge of the curriculum.

To give you experience in the classroom, you’ll spend at least 120 days working in two local secondary schools as well as visiting a local primary school. But, don’t worry, you won’t have the pressure of teaching an entire lesson straight away.

Your training will begin with observing a teacher and helping with group work. Then you’ll share the classes with the teacher and work towards teaching lessons independently.

Alongside teaching, you’ll join in with day-to-day life at the school. Each school has a professional mentor to help you understand the ethos, pastoral care systems, legal and social framework, and supporting services.

You’ll also have weekly meetings with your subject or class mentor to help you prepare for teaching, review lessons, and develop your subject knowledge.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Educational And Professional Issues 30 credits
Learning And Teaching In Subject (Reflection) 30 credits
Subject Knowledge For Learning And Teaching 30 credits
Teaching Practice (Evidence) 30 credits

You can apply for this course via UCAS Teacher Training at Staffordshire University.

We also offer this course via School Direct partners including:

For this course, you need a degree in Computer Science or a related subject or industrial experience within the sector as well as a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics, we also expect you to be confident in technology.

After you apply, we’ll arrange a selection interview. During the interview process we will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities, such as communication skills, resilience for teaching, and how easy you’ll find it to relate to secondary age students.

If you accept a formal offer, you’ll need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and you’ll need clearance to work with children (Enhanced DBS).

Please note, the Professional Skills Tests will be replaced for 2020 entry. Details of the replacement for the tests are still to be announced, however they will be benchmarked against a defined set of English and Mathematics skills that students will be expected to have by the end of the course (rather than at the point of entry).

Facilities

Careers

With a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach computer science in schools across England.

Most of our graduates secure their first teaching position while on the PGCE, with many of them securing roles within our partnership schools.

After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

When you’re not on placement, we’ll help you reflect on your experiences, exchange ideas and overcome challenges. You’ll also:

  • Learn in small groups
  • Use roleplay to develop your knowledge of the secondary curriculum
  • Discuss ideas and challenges you face in group and individual tutorials
  • Reflect on your placement experiences

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

Assessment

Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.

You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per course
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

Adam Pountney
PGCE Computer Science 2016/17

The schools I have had placements in have been brilliant. Mentors were very helpful and I quickly felt part of the teams in both. The personal growth, confidence and skills gained from mentors and the University provides good preparation for the teaching profession.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
PGCE
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
9 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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