University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Information Technology (Secondary PGCE - Graduates only)

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Course summary

Delivered in specialist computer laboratories at the newly completed state-of-the-art Innovation Quarter (IQ) of the Swansea, you will work to develop your passion for technology with the most modern hardware and IT infrastructure. The IQ space has benefited from significant investment from Sony, who are using the facilities to lead its own technology developments in education; you will be learning to teach at the cutting edge of technology. The blend of the purpose built IQ building, Sony Vison Exchange facility, and being placed in schools that nationally lead in the use of technology will equip you to be educators at the centre of practice. Innovation and the use of technology has become an essential part in the lives of everyone in the 21st century. There is no doubt that the role of computing, technology and all things digital have become key pillars in the modern world. Preparing learners to understand the computational thinking that underpins digital systems, is a significant responsibility. We need to prepare young people to be ethical, informed citizens of the world as well as equipping them with the digital skills needed for the workplace. You will develop the knowledge and expertise needed to teach the subject discipline, together with developing expertise in the cross-curricular responsibility of digital competence. Information Technology and Computer Science’s importance as a key competency has never been more significant The importance of technology to support learners’ own productivity has seen schools place the development of computing and ICT skills at the forefront of students learning. Schools have investing heavily in computing and technology systems to support these highly prioritised skills. You will be prepared to teach the new Area of Learning and Experience: Science and Technology through to the GCSE and A level exam groups Technology and Computer Science teachers are highly sought after by schools and colleges and demand is much greater than supply, therefore employability and promotional prospects are excellent. The Welsh Government is currently offering tax free bursaries of up to £20 000 to study for a PGCE in Computer Science and ICT. Find Out More: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/pgce/pgce-bursaries/

Modules

The programme is full-time over 36 weeks. Broadly, the programme comprises 12-weeks of university-based provision and 24 weeks based in school. Level 6 Modules Cycle 3 Core Studies: The Learner: who am I teaching? (30 credits; compulsory) This module places the child/pupil at the centre of the programme. Understanding how a pupil learns, based on theories of learning, practice-related evidence and the place of health and wellbeing, is fundamental to effective teaching and learning. This module challenges assumptions and beliefs related to cultural diversity and the expectations of a normative model of child development. This module also positions the teacher as a professional by considering safeguarding, child protection, contractual, pastoral and legal responsibilities. The assessment component for this module is a written assignment (100%; equivalent to 5000 words). Cycle 3 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Leading the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits; compulsory) Housed in this module is the explicit development of phase appropriate subject-knowledge and pedagogic content knowledge needed to effectively teach the curricular content of each area of learning and experience. The module also explores the complex nature of the learning environment and the skills needed to manage learners, resources and other adults. The principles of planning, teaching and assessment for learning will be secured, and practical application evaluated. It is in this module that the two aspects of intellectual and experiential learning come together in the classroom and students are supported in their professional teaching experience by practicing teachers, peers and university-based tutors. The assessment component for this module is a portfolio (100%; equivalent to 5000 words). Level 7 Modules Core Studies: Learners, Schools and Communities: where am I teaching? (30 credits; compulsory) In this module, graduates study the importance of place and context; local and national. The transformative teacher looks beyond the classroom to the community where learners lead their lives and seeks to influence development in both. This means understanding the diverse nature of a community; the effect of poverty and social deprivation and how to use data to understand these issues further. The assessment components for this module are an individual video (50%; 10 minutes) and a written report (50%; 2,500 words). Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Researching the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits; compulsory) In this module, the four dispositions of the research-ready teacher are explicitly explored: being sceptical; being ethical; being a skilled researcher, and being part of an enquiring profession. Student teachers join with practising teachings to form communities of inquiry where real life problems are identified in the classroom and researched through a close-to-practice approach. Different methodologies will be explored including lesson study, case study and small-scale action research. The assessment component for this module is a research project (100%; 5000 words, with 1000 word equivalent allocated to the Ethics Form).

Assessment method

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include: • Case studies • Portfolios • Video presentation • Research Project All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people. Award of QTS Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS. http://learning.gov.wales/resources/collections/professional-standards?lang=en This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor. The Education Workforce Council (the statutory body for teachers in Wales) has a very useful website: www.ewc.wales

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

Application codes

Course code:
2X62
Institution code:
T80
Campus name:
SA1 Waterfront Campus, Swansea
Campus code:
T

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate Degree Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject. GCSE qualifications Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature and GCSE Mathematics . Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh Language Or Welsh Literature (first language). Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh. A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced. Work Experience You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks. Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111 at [email protected]

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview


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Information Technology (Secondary PGCE - Graduates only) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS