PGCE with QTS Secondary Computer Science

Entry year
Course code
Department for Education
School of Education and Childhood
One year
Full-time; starts September
Programme leader
Mark Avery

Please note there are no vacancies for new applications to this course for September 2024.

Page last updated 16 July 2024


Practical collaboration opportunities for developing subject knowledge and pedagogic expertise.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Computer Science is a one-year course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You'll train to become a Computer Science teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). You'll gain 60 academic credits at master's level as part of the course. 

Teaching is both a challenging and a rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to play such a key role in young people's lives. We focus on supporting our trainees to thrive, and we do this alongside teachers and mentors in school. We also facilitate you to collaborate with your peers, and to graduate with a ready-made, supportive professional network.  

All our courses are future-facing and underpinned by a strong values base. Our provision directly addresses education for sustainable futures. We equip you to be able to work thoughtfully, creatively and successfully with your learners. At UWE Bristol, we're committed to training reflective, innovative, and adaptable teachers for the future.   

The course may be eligible for a Government bursary. For funding options, please see the Government's scholarships and bursaries page.

As time spent on campus is limited, many students choose to commute from further afield.

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Studying a PGCE at UWE Bristol

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If you're passionate, knowledgeable, with a deep-rooted enthusiasm for Computer Science, we would like you to join us in shaping the next generation of teachers. As a trainee teacher in Computer Science, you should exhibit curiosity, adaptability, dedication to inclusivity, and a readiness to update skills and knowledge to keep current, as technology does not stand still, to inspire the next wave of tech enthusiasts. If the prospect of learning and collaborating with experienced educators excites you, and you have a foundation in Computer Science or a related field, we encourage you to explore our PGCE offer.

This course combines teaching practice in a range of secondary school settings with an in-depth and engaging academic programme of study. Working with your peers and expert input, you'll experience a range of subject knowledge development activities and participate in active learning experiences, working collaboratively to develop a deep understanding of the Computer Science curriculum for Key Stage 3, 4, and Post-16.

To develop expertise in your specialist subject area you'll:

  • enhance your understanding of the three core components of Computer Science, Information Technology, and Digital Literacy
  • engage in thoughtful discussions and analysis of influential and contemporary research to foster critical analysis
  • learn how to use storytelling, metaphor, and analogy as tools to simplify complex computer science concepts for enhanced accessibility and understanding
  • gain hands-on experience and practice a range of effective and impactful pedagogies, including adaptation to the needs of all pupils in your classroom
  • learn classroom practices designed to address the gender and ethnic disparities prevalent in Computer Science-related industries
  • participate in workshops featuring insights from subject matter experts, academics, and professionals in the areas of Computer Science and Digital Learning
  • gain insight on promoting school-wide E-Safety approaches, data security, and effectively managing an often-small department in the early stages of your career.

You'll study the following modules:

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Practice (Secondary)
  • Becoming a Transformational Teacher (Secondary)
  • Professional Practice A (QTS)
  • Professional Practice B (QTS).

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'll inform you.

This award leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The focus for achieving QTS is particularly in the practice modules. UWE Bristol has chosen Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) as our accredited provider for the QTS elements of the course. We work with SHU to provide high-quality courses and share excellent practice. Together, our teacher training will help you shape the future of children and young people. 

Learning and Teaching

The PGCE courses are part of a broad range of specialist education provision in the School of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol.

You'll be supported in school by a mentor, who liaises closely with your UWE Bristol tutor. You'll work with close support and encouragement to develop your understanding and skills, set targets, and evidence your progress. We'll challenge you to evaluate and improve throughout your course, and we'll help you to celebrate your achievements. 

The PGCE course is designed so that your experiences on placement are complemented by university-based learning. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, directed tasks, school-based experiences, intensive training and practice opportunities, independent study, online learning and collaboration, subject-specific practical work, assessment tasks, reflection and debate. Research-informed practice underpins the course. 

Throughout the course you'll be supported by your tutors, external specialists, and expert colleagues in early years settings and schools to apply your knowledge and understanding in school to equip you to meet the Teachers' Standards, to teach and assess in the Secondary Computer Science (11-16).

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment is based on professionally focused assignments and the final block school experience. 

To gain the award of PGCE, you need to pass each academic assessment as well as pass classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

Find out more about assessments.



As a trainee teacher, you'll complete 120 days in school placement practice blocks in at least two different schools, plus further focused teaching experiences. You'll practise as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16), and gain experience of the 16-18 age range. 

The schools and settings within our Initial Teacher Training partnership are geographically diverse, with placements in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Wales. We work hard to match placements to trainee teacher needs, experience and locations. 

At UWE Bristol, we'll support you to become an authentic, effective, thoughtful teacher. Towards the end of your course, your progress review will enable your entry to the teaching profession and your ongoing development as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). 

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Careers / Further study

PGCE programmes include 60 credits assessed at Masters level.

As a trainee teacher, you'll be joining a modern and well-regarded programme to train to teach across the 11-16 age range and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


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 the Government's scholarships and bursaries page.


Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate honours degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification. This is typically 2:2 or higher.
  • A substantial amount (at least 50%) of your degree should be in a subject related to what you want to teach. If you need to improve your subject knowledge, you may be asked to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before starting your PGCE (deadlines apply).
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs. Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English Literature only, we'll look for further evidence of achievement in English.  

We'll look at all applications against the demands of the course. If you have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Admissions team and we can discuss your application.

Our PGCE courses include a high level of placement-based learning and working with children. We would encourage all applicants to get as much relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element of their course.

Selection process

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to an interview. We want to ensure you get all the information you need about the course and about studying at UWE Bristol, and that you can meet members of the course team. There will be a group discussion and an interview, and you'll get plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

You can find top tips on how to write your teacher training personal statement on Get Into Teaching.

Additional requirements (as mandated by the DfE)

  • Health checks - for Fitness to Teach.
  • A clear Enhanced DBS Disclosure including check of children's barred list.
  • Satisfactory references including one from latest employer and/or latest role involving working with children.
  • Verification of identity and right to work in the UK.
  • Check for sanction, restriction or prohibition on teaching issued by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) (if in teaching role).
  • Criminal records checks overseas. If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for five months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required even if you are a UK applicant or currently based in the UK.

The university will also check that candidates are not:

  • subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
  • disqualified from childcare
  • or have obtained a childcare disqualification waiver from Ofsted.

All information will be treated in confidence.

Further Statutory Guidance

If you would like information regarding issues that could disqualify you from teaching training, please contact us on +44 (0)117 32 83333.

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.

English Language Requirement

All International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Due to a high level of placement based learning and working with children, all applicants should have an effective command of the English language and be able to use it appropriately, accurately and fluently in a school setting. International and EU students will be required to produce a certificate evidencing the necessary IELTS or approved equivalent*.

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you'll need in our English Language section.

How to apply

Please see the Department for Education pages for guidance on how to apply.

Our PGCE courses begin on 2 September and require sufficient time to review applications, process decisions and fulfil additional entry requirements as mandated by DfE.

The deadline for Home applications is Monday 15 July, with final interviews being held on Wednesday 24 July.

The deadline for International applications is Friday 14 June, with final interviews being held on Wednesday 26 June.

We encourage you to apply for our PGCE courses as early as possible in the cycle in order to be guaranteed consideration. Many of our courses are very popular and will reach their capacity and be closed to further recruitment prior to the application deadlines given above.

Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.

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