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Computer Science PGCE

This Teacher Training course allows graduates with an appropriate honours degree to train at postgraduate level to become school teachers in Computer Science.

The PGCE at Staffordshire University offers specialist support and expertise from tutors who are at the forefront of developments in Computer Science. It is characterised by small class sizes allowing effective links with the schools in our partnership.

Our course puts learning at the heart of what we do. This means that your learning, as the Associate Teacher, is at the centre of the PGCE just as, when you are teaching, the learning of your school students must be at the centre of your work. The course is distinctive because it involves a mix of university input and school experience every week of the course, close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership with the schools that we work with.

Staffordshire University has consistently achieved top marks in OFSTED inspections.

Entry requirements

  • To apply for the course you will need a minimum 2:2 honours degree, at least 50% in an appropriate subject. However, we currently offer an 8 week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course for people who do not have this level of qualification.
  • Mathematics and English GCSE grade C qualifications.
  • A good general education.
  • QTS tests in Numeracy and Literacy must be passed before commencement of the course. Ideally these should be taken either before interview or within 6 weeks of an offer.
  • You will also need to demonstrate a good understanding of the education system gained from work or placement in schools or experience of working with secondary school aged pupils.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and be certified fit to teach.
  • We recommend you submit a well considered personal statement on the UCAS application form as this is a key part of the short listing process.

Course modules

After a one week Induction Programme, you will be in school on serial and block placements to gain a supported understanding of the role of the teacher. Within a school, you will receive expert support from a subject or class mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review lessons and develop your subject knowledge.

Each school or college will have a professional mentor who will help you to understand the organisation of the school, pastoral care systems and the legal and social framework of school including supporting services.

Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school.

The university element of the course is designed to engage Associate Teachers in critical reflection on the nature of education. We also aim to develop your knowledge of the curriculum for Computer Science. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.

The university aspects of the course take place on the Stoke campus and will draw upon the experience of practicing teachers as well as highly experienced tutors. The school experience is based in local, carefully selected partnership schools.

The blend of practical experience and university study will be evidenced by the compilation of portfolios and the production of short written academic papers.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,900 (Academic year) International 1 Years

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