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Computer Science: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

This PGDE prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Computing, enabling you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures to explore the context of pupil attainment in Computing. Explore how teaching and learning in computing “… equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world” (National Curriculum 2014 purpose of study).

During your training you will focus on signature pedagogies for computing emphasising the practical application of theory and developing your understanding of computational thinking, coding and other relevant software. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Computing in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject and how children. You will also develop a rigorous understanding of the nature of Computing education and the important role Computer Science plays in modern society. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how learning in the subject.

The aims of the National Curriculum for Computing require that children:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

In addition to sessions developing your understanding of teaching and learning in Computing, subject knowledge workshops will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject; and are supported by your subject knowledge development and didactics journal.

Subject specific entry information (see Entry requirements tab for full details)

You will usually have a minimum 2:2 (or recognised equivalent) in a Computer Science-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Computer Science because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Computer Science (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Computer Science but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course iwhich could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. For further details see Get into Teaching.

Entry requirements

To join this this PGDE, you will usually have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Computer Science-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Computer Science because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Computer Science (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, If you want to teach Computer Science but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course in Computer Science which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. Further details can be obtained on the Get into Teaching website.

Additional requirements for the programme include:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C 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. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English. You are required by the Department for Education 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. 

If you accept a formal offer from LJMU 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.

Course modules

University-based study includes: a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course; one day per week until January; week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.

Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you genuinely feel part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.

You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements. 

The University element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice ( a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
  • Subject Pedagogy in Computer Science (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
  • Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
  • Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)

Assessment methods

The course employs a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. Full use is made of online learning through BlackBoard (our virtual learning environment) and web-based resources.

School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Sponsorship information

Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website. If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.

To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.

Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.

Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

Qualifications

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

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