Computer Science with QTS (Secondary PGCE) (Taught)

Swansea University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

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Course summary

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Swansea University Schools Partnership's integrated and rigorous PGCE programme will challenge you academically and professionally. The PGCE Computer Science programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of Computer Science and its position in the school curriculum. You will be encouraged to research and test your own approaches to Computer Science pedagogy to find those techniques that work best for you and for the pupils you teach. Swansea University Schools Partnership is committed to developing research-informed reflective practitioners who can demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their teaching so that learners develop their Computer Science competence in an environment that cultivates enjoyment of the subject.

Course details


The SUSP ITE programme comprises two modules: Research-informed Reflective Practice (EDPM30) is largely university-based and will comprise the following: • Core Studies: focusing on the overarching issues that drive policies within the Welsh cultural context • Subject Studies: focusing on the specifics of pedagogy in your subject area, lesson planning, understanding your subject's place in the Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE) • Subject Knowledge Enhancement: Focusing on reviewing the curriculum requirements in your subject area and preparing you for the topics you may be teaching • Professional and Pedagogical Studies: focusing on the implications for your subject area on whole school issues such as provision for children with additional learning needs, differentiation and assessment. • Research Methods in Education: focusing on research methodologies suitable for educational purposes and preparing you for your close-to-practice research project. EDPM30 carries 60 level 7 credits. Student teachers who complete 60 Level 7 credits can carry over the credits to our Masters programme (MA) in Education if they enrol within five years of successfully completing the module. Professional Practice (EDP300) is designed to ensure that all student teachers develop a deep understanding of the how the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership link to the Four Purposes of the new Curriculum for Wales. This module leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Student teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days on Professional Practice in two schools in the network within which they are placed, with additional opportunities in a range of complimentary settings. EDP300 integrates research with classroom practice through a Practice and Theory course delivered jointly by Subject Tutors and expert teachers in network schools. Subject Mentors and Subject Tutors will provide strong individualised support for student teachers working towards meeting the Professional Standard for Teaching and Leadership.

Assessment method

EDPM30 Research-informed reflective practice Assessment for EDPM30 will allow student teachers to demonstrate that they have developed the high level critical thinking skills that will enable them to integrate academic and experiential learning. Assessment 1: Critical reflection on lesson plans Student teachers will submit 4 subject specific lesson plans with a particular focus on a school-wide issue (e.g behaviour management in a lesson), together with a 750-word critical reflection on the effectiveness of the learning activities delivered. Each critical reflection should demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of how the literature informs planning for specific outcomes in their subject and how the chosen lesson applies theory to practice. Student teachers will outline (i) the research literature that justified their choice of learning activities and (ii) how the lesson plan takes account of statutory Frameworks, (iii) other factors that contributed to enhancing the learning experience for pupils (e.g. seating plans, support from other adults). Assessment 2: Close-to-practice research project report In assessment 2, student teachers will be required to identify a research question linked to one of the school-wide issue studied. Student teachers will develop a proposal for, and carry out, a small scale, close-to-practice research project designed to improve pupil engagement. The findings will be presented as a written report incorporating a literature review, methodology, analysis of data and discussion of findings. The report will critically reflect on interventions and strategies that were implemented in the project. The final close-to-practice report will be a 6000-word submission. Assessment 3: Critical reflection on classroom management Student teachers will identify an area of classroom management they wish to improve or refine. They will video themselves whilst teaching over a period of lessons in order to observe their own teaching practice and to monitor progression with specific regard to the area of classroom management identified. Student teachers will research classroom management techniques and apply them in the classroom environment. The video recording will be supported by a critical reflection of the strategies they employed. The final report will be a 3000-word submission. EDP300 Professional Practice The assessment for EDP300 will allow student teachers to demonstrate that they have achieved the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership and can be recommended for the award of QTS conferred by the Education Workforce Council. Student teachers will be required to provide evidence against each of the 32 QTS level descriptors set out in the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership. During their teaching practice, student teachers will be presented with a range of experiences in different educational settings which are designed to ensure that they have more than one opportunity to gather evidence against each of the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership in Wales. Student teachers will use the EWC Professional Learning Passport (PLP) to record evidence of achieving the Professional Standards. They will be able to upload evidence through the medium of English or Welsh in a variety of formats including sound files and video (with appropriate permissions) in addition to more traditional written submissions (e.g. lesson plans, schemes of work, teaching and learning resources, reflective diaries, research reports). Students will also be required to write 5 short reflective essays (of 400 words each) which link to the 5 Professional Standard section headings, namely: Pedagogy, Collaboration, Professional learning, Innovation and Leadership, and a longer reflective essay of 1000 words which discusses the relationship of the 5 strands to the values and dispositions identified in the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership.

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

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme: • An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content; • Grade B GCSE in English/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh); • Grade B GCSE in Maths The GCSE Grade B in English/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government. However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are unable to follow our planned timetable of equivalency testing. Therefore, applicants will be expected to sit their equivalency test(s) during the PGCE academic year where they will be given up to 3 attempts. Should the situation change before the summer, we will restart our programme of tutorials and tests before the beginning of the academic year. Please note that applicants must pass their equivalency test(s) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). All interviews will be held virtually (using Microsoft Teams) with a PGCE subject specialist through the medium of English or Welsh as desired. The format will consist of a short interview and professional discussion. All PGCE students will complete a Digital Competence audit on enrolment and have digital competence training embedded into their PGCE programme of study. All applicants must meet the requirements of the Education Health Standards (Wales) confirming their health and physical capacity to teach. All applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. Applicants must not have been excluded from teaching or working with children nor be registered with the DBS as unfit for working with children or young persons.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

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Computer Science with QTS (Secondary PGCE) at Swansea University - UCAS