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PGCE Secondary Computer Science

Examine a range of pedagogical approaches to ICT and CS teaching. This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary (Computer Science) course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

Current initiatives and policies in the field of ICT and CS will inform your learning, including being involved with and actively participating in CAS (Computing At School)/BCS (British Computer Society) initiatives. Our staff are experts in the field of ICT, digital literacy and computer science (CS) in education.

Learn through a series of practical seminars, workshops, microteaching activities as well as independent and group research in a purpose-built ICT suite with an extensive range of resources. Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include participating in workshop style sessions with your peers; attending presentations by subject experts; working on tasks in groups; having individual tutorials; visits to schools or other education settings; visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest; and writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.

Placements:
Develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.

At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 80 schools in the local and surrounding area. Most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.

On a Secondary PGCE course you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups - ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting but the third can be taken in a different setting - allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment.

We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of settings and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities.

You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in observation of other teachers, planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups, planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons, reflecting on and evaluating your teaching, receiving feedback on your teaching, and gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers

Facilities:
The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus. We have custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.

We also have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub.

Careers:
The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy confident and well-informed individuals. Or you could take your educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE: IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C (or 4) or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent. You will need to have spent some time observing practice in a maintained secondary school, pass the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Course modules

Sample modules include:

* The reflective teacher

* Action research

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 16,070 (Whole course) International 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Whole course) Channel Islands 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Whole course) England 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Whole course) Scotland 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Whole course) Wales 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Whole course) EU 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 10 Months

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