Edge Hill University

Degree level: Postgraduate

PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology (Taught)

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Course summary

Young people are growing up in a world where digital literacy is vital in all aspects of their lives. Starting to learn these skills at school is essential to set them up for success, whatever they decide to do in the future. With a new focus on the subject in schools and a resurgent interest in computer technology like the Raspberry Pi and Codebug, there’s no better time to train as a teacher of computing. You’ll learn to teach all aspects of computing, from computer science and digital literacy to information technology. And you’ll get to use the latest specialist software and tools. You’ll explore a range of questions to help you become the best teacher you can be. How do you create a lesson plan to inspire and motivate your pupils? What are the current challenges in secondary education? How do you pass on your computer science expertise – and continue to grow that knowledge throughout your career? Learn to lead in the classroom You’ll develop your reflective and analytical skills, as well as boosting your own subject knowledge. To prepare for teaching computer science and IT at key stage 3 and 4, you’ll also get lots of hands-on experience in the classroom. During your placement, you’ll work alongside your computing tutor and school-based mentor. They’ll help you apply your university learning to your own teaching and be there for you whenever you need support. Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). developing the technical creativity and computing skills of secondary school pupils, this PGCE in Computer Science and Information Technology is for you. What you'll study At the start of your course you will complete an audit of your subject knowledge. This way you can identify your areas of strength and those you need to develop. You’ll study the computing curriculum, including software used in schools, educational theory, as well as innovative teaching and assessment methods. Discover how to plan a lesson effectively and how to incorporate lively, interactive techniques to help your students develop confidence and self-esteem. You’ll also build on your subject knowledge in a range of areas, including programming, computational thinking, applications and database design. We’ll also cover multimedia, spreadsheet modelling, web authoring, desktop publishing and aspects of computer control. To prepare for your future as a teacher, you’ll also learn about professional roles and responsibilities, as well as polishing your academic skills.


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Assessment method

You will be assessed, through a balanced combination of coursework and portfolio assessments, against both academic criteria and the Standards related to QTS. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in computer science and information technology, including creating an interactive teaching pack and undertaking action-based research. Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your two-year induction as an early career teacher.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

How to apply

International applicants

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Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. Non-relevant subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification or IT experience) in the subject you wish to teach and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification). Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence. A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology at Edge Hill University - UCAS