Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

PGCE Secondary Computing

Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated pgce teaching course supports you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Computing teacher.

Our full-time computing teacher qualification spans from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools including primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.

You'll graduate with a PGCE with QTS and 60 Master's Level Credits - these can contribute to a full Master's qualification to further develop your professional and academic expertise.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

  • In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2.2 Computer Science related degree or an unrelated 2:2 Honours degree with 5+ years' relevant computing experience in industry.
  • You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

  • All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

The PGCE programme is distinguished by the knowledge and experience of the Ofsted "Outstanding" team of academic tutors, who are complemented by expert school-based mentors and trainers. Bath Spa University’s Institute for Education has over 70 years’ experience of delivering high quality training for teachers and is recognised as one of the leading providers in the country.

You'll be taught in mixed subject groups for Professional Studies, and in smaller subject groups for subject sessions. In addition, you'll be involved in whole cohort sessions and will benefit from individual tutorials five times a year. In both assessed school phases, you'll work closely with your school-based mentors and trainers. Your academic tutor in your subject specialism will be your individual academic and pastoral tutor throughout your PGCE year.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.

The PGCE Secondary programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at Level 7 (Postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master's level credits to put towards further part-time study at the University.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home/EU) 12 Months
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 13,300 per Academic year (International) 12 Months

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