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Secondary Computing with ICT with QTS

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available.  We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Computing with ICT is a national shortage subject, meaning successful trainees are highly employable.  These routes will equip you with the skills and experience to teach at GCSE and A/AS levels, and vocational qualifications in both Computer Science and ICT. 

Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry SKE and booster courses for national priority subjects, including Computing with ICT. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

PGCE trainees will examine the theory and practice of computing, together with approaches to more general ICT skills and issues as they apply to teaching in the secondary school context.  We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing the course.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study.  Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. The PGCE Computer Science normally requires at least a 2:2 classification, likely to be in a degree with at least half the content in Computing/Computer Science. Alternatively, candidates with a degree which does not meet this requirement, but who can demonstrate considerable subject knowledge gained through industrial, commercial or school-based experience or a SKE course in Computing/Computer Science may also be considered. For exceptional candidates, we will consider 3rd class degrees but only if they have substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupation. 

You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.  We would expect you to have completed at least 2-weeks experience in a UK Secondary school in the relevant subject department.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at for the latest updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course

We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements.

Who is this for?

  • Graduates with non-computing degrees who fall short of the current entry criteria for subject knowledge at PGCE.
  • Career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack the subject knowledge.
  • Those in the Computing with ICT or associated industries who are thinking about teaching.

Course modules

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There is a particular focus on the transition from ICT to computing as a curriculum subject and the implications for pupils, teachers and schools.

There will be a focus on:

  • Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
  • Working in multi-professional teams
  • Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • Managing students' behaviour
  • Planning and evaluating students' learning
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Assessment methods

There are two elements of assessment:

Teaching, incorporating School Experience Files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences. This element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

  • Written assignments; this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation.

In addition there are several course completion requirements:

  • The Record of Professional Development - a portfolio of evidence of your personal and professional development.
  • Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.

On successful completion you will achieve the standards for the University award of PGCE.

Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, helping you to enter your first appointment with confidence.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

If you are applying through the University-led route, the University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the students term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Students are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. If you are applying through the School Direct route, the lead school will take responsibility for arranging all practice credit units including placement experiences. You should expect some travel to other schools e.g. for your second placement. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, ITET applicants do not have to pay for the first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. Responsibility for DBS clearance on employment based and CPD programmes normally lies with your employer and not the University. Where a new DBS check is required for placement but not supported by your employer, the University will pay the cost of your first check. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: /Membership of the Design and Technology Association (DATA) is encouraged, but is not mandatory.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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