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Bath Spa University

Secondary Computer Science with ICT

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring computer science with ICT teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

This programme of study provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. The core of the programme is the Professional Studies component, based both in university and in schools. You’re organised in mixed subject groups and it positions you in the broader context of professional practice. The key generic and pedagogical issues it addresses take you beyond the confines of the traditional subject curriculum. All professional studies themes are developed further in the subject specialist context which develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the range of digital technologies. This will enable you to effectively manage and organise high quality teaching and learning in digital literacy, computer science, and information technology in the 11-16 phase and across the full range of ability.

The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the notion of the role of the teaching professional with an emphasis on the Computer Science/ICT practitioner. Through both Professional Studies and subject teaching modules you begin to develop an understanding of the breadth of the role of the teacher as well as becoming familiar with the approaches used in the many different secondary school settings for your subject. This supports you in your first school phase during which you teach aspects of digital literacy, computer science, and information technology mainly at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This takes place in the autumn term. During the second university phase you’ll review and share your experiences and develop your understanding of further aspects of teaching and learning and the post-16 age phase.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Course modules

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate)

Assessment methods

There is an emphasis throughout the programme on subject application and practical workshops where teaching strategies and appropriate contexts and techniques are modelled and discussed. You’ll investigate a range of teaching and learning strategies and materials designed for your subject at secondary level and develop your own for use in schools. At all times we are critically assessing approaches and considering how theory can be transformed into practice. There is also a significant level of participation in terms of presentations, peer support, microteaching episodes and projects in partnership with schools. You’ll be taught by a range of practitioners; both university based lecturers and other professionals currently working in local schools. Many will have passed through the course themselves in former years.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 13,300 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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