Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- Study with the largest provider of high quality secondary teacher training in the UK;
- Excellent quality teaching and learning opportunities on a popular programme carefully designed to meet the latest curriculum requirements in computing;
- Individually-tailored support.
Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
With a new focus on the subject in schools and a resurgent interest in computer technology like the Raspberry Pi and Codebug, it is an ideal time to train as a teacher of computing.
This PGCE will equip you with the range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of the subject. You will learn to teach all aspects of computing, including computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge.
You will have the opportunity to interact with the latest specialist computer science and computing software and tools in schools in order to both increase trainees’ knowledge of computer science, digital literacy and information technology, and support and enhance other aspects of teaching and learning in secondary schools.
If you are a graduate with a degree in computer science, information technology or a related subject (or if you work in an IT environment) and you are passionate about developing the technical creativity and computing skills of secondary school pupils, this PGCE in Computer Science and Information Technology is for you.
A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. 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 Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
SIT4010 Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Information Technology and Computing (30 credits)
Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Information Technology and Computing prepares you to become an outstanding teacher with the desire and capability to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy in order to enhance the learning of pupils throughout your future teaching career. The module has a joint academic and professional focus and is centred on strands such as enhancing your subject knowledge, developing curriculum knowledge, examining subject pedagogy and its application to practice, linking your training to school improvement via dissemination in placement settings, and critically reflecting on practice.
SIT4011 Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in Information Technology and Computing (30 credits)
Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in Information Technology and Computing enables you to consider effective teaching in information technology and computing through the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of information technology and computing in the curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on evaluation and review, which provides the focus for on-going professional development.
SIT4012 Research and Practice in Information Technology and Computing (30 credits)
Research and Practice in Information Technology and Computing provides an opportunity to individualise and extend your learning through engagement with areas of particular interest, expertise and/or identified areas for development within information technology and computing education. The module will enable you to engage in relevant classroom-based research in order to make informed judgements and decisions which impact on teaching and learning. These research outcomes will not only improve your individual practice but will also benefit the educational settings in which the research is conducted. The module presents the scope for this research to take place in a variety of educational settings and to reflect current and emerging educational policies and initiatives.
SRP4001 Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits)
Reflective Professional Practice clearly links reflective based practice with theory to engage you with the main areas of debate within the evolving policies and practices of the educational world and enable you to apply what you learn from this to your practice. The aim is for you to become a reflective practitioner in line with the Teachers’ Standards (2012). The module will encourage you to apply and develop your understanding of the links between professional development and theory whilst also consolidating within you the holistic professionalism of a training teacher.
SRP4002 Professional Practice 1 (30 credits)
Professional Practice 1 is a school-based module which introduces you to practical aspects of the role of a teacher. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning as you engage in teaching commitments in line with your individual training needs. You will progress to undertake approximately 50% of a full teaching timetable and develop responsibilities for planning, teaching and assessing learners. Regular self-target setting and reflection, supported by practice-based mentors, are key features of the module.
SRP4003 Professional Practice 2 (30 credits)
Professional Practice 2 provides a final phase to your professional practice in a different educational setting to that of your previous placement. The module takes place in a school which will provide the necessary progression and consolidation of your skills as you undertake approximately 70% of a full teaching timetable. The aim is for you to become autonomous in your needs and targets, ready to graduate as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
120 academic credits are studied on the programme in total, in addition to 60 ungraded credits for the Professional Practice modules.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students
To join this PGCE you should have: A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification); GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience.
Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English or Mathematics.
EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.
You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Fees stated below are for students enrolling on the course in academic year 2017/18
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,250 (Whole course)||Home/EU||1 Years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 12,500 (Whole course)||International||1 Years|
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