A student looks at coding on a computer screen.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Secondary Initial Teacher Education Computer Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
2WQG
Applications:
UTT
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Education and Childhood
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Mr Andrew Evans
Key fact:
Practical collaboration opportunities for developing subject knowledge and pedagogic expertise.

Page last updated 31 August 2017

Introduction

The UWE PGCE Computer Science course combines teaching practice in a range of secondary school settings with an in-depth and engaging academic programme of study. Working with colleagues from School Direct Computer Science programmes, you will experience a range of subject knowledge development activities and participate in active learning activities, working collaboratively to develop a deep understanding of the Computing curriculum for Key Stages 3-5. The course is delivered in collaboration with colleagues from UWE's Computer Science department.

This course will attract bursaries from the Department for Education.

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.

The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

Find out more about what PGCE Secondary Education at UWE has to offer in terms of teaching quality, staff expertise and your student experience.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The course is part of UWE's Department of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:

  • Enabling Learning
  • Meeting Curriculum Challenges
  • Becoming a Teacher

These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.

We will introduce you to a range of teaching styles, classroom management skills, lesson planning and assessment procedures both in the University and through classroom support from teachers in schools. You will consider strategies to support young people in their learning of computer science. You will also consider the use of a range of teaching styles and resources, including the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT).

You will work with graduates from other disciplines where cross-curricular issues, such as learning theories and behaviour management are covered.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Personal Support

We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. You will have support from a number of staff in the university including your group tutor. Additionally any student can get support on a range of issues from a Department Student Adviser.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Before the end of the course it is recommended that trainees take the computer-based QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.

As well as teaching, the course includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.

There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools, science learning centres or colleges of further education.

Trainees in some placements also have the opportunity for a third placement during the final weeks of the course.

You will also be provided with opportunities to work in collaboratively with young people as a whole subject group or with other scientists.

Study facilities

The Department of Education provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. The department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.

For further information on your career in teaching, including salary scales and case studies of current trainee teachers, visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.

Hear from past UWE students about how studying here has enhanced their career prospects and opened up new opportunities.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

The PGCE is financed as an undergraduate course. More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see funding for PGCE students.

Entry

Entry requirements

You should meet the following criteria:

  • An honours degree (normally 2:1 minimum) or equivalent with at least 50% in a related subject (relating to the subject you want to teach).
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.*
  • Able to demonstrate recent experience of observing or supporting teaching in your subject area. This must be conducted in a comprehensive school (minimum of 10 working days or two weeks equivalent within the last three years). 

*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

Please note that this course starts early in September. We are unable to agree any requests for holiday due to the number of days required to fulfil the course.

Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

Additional requirements
Applicants must pass an initial selection process and short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the Department of Education. All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary. If you would like information regarding issues that could disqualify you from teaching training, please contact us on +44 (0)117 32 83333.

Department for Education Professional Skills Tests

All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course. We recommend that you complete the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy as soon as possible after you have submitted an application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before any interview that you may be invited for, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter. If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. You will need to pass both tests by 30th June. Information about the tests can be found on the Department for Education skills test pages.

Standards and requirements
Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest government standards and requirements.

For information about the national curriculum and subjects taught in secondary schools, visit gov.uk online.

Deferrals

The Department of Education is not able to approve deferrals under any circumstances.  Applicants unable to start their programme during the year of application will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

For further information

  • Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333

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