Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Computer Science with Information Communication Technology)

This programme of study provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. The core of the programme is the Professional Studies component, based both in university and in schools. You’re organised in mixed subject groups and it positions you in the broader context of professional practice. The key generic and pedagogical issues it addresses take you beyond the confines of the traditional subject curriculum. All professional studies themes are developed further in the subject specialist context which develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the range of digital technologies. This will enable you to effectively manage and organise high quality teaching and learning in digital literacy, computer science, and information technology in the 11-16 phase and across the full range of ability.

The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the notion of the role of the teaching professional with an emphasis on the Computer Science/ICT practitioner. Through both Professional Studies and subject teaching modules you begin to develop an understanding of the breadth of the role of the teacher as well as becoming familiar with the approaches used in the many different secondary school settings for your subject. This supports you in your first school phase during which you teach aspects of digital literacy, computer science, and information technology mainly at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This takes place in the autumn term. During the second university phase you’ll review and share your experiences and develop your understanding of further aspects of teaching and learning and the post-16 age phase.

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.

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.

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

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate)

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Assessment methods

There is an emphasis throughout the programme on subject application and practical workshops where teaching strategies and appropriate contexts and techniques are modelled and discussed. You’ll investigate a range of teaching and learning strategies and materials designed for your subject at secondary level and develop your own for use in schools. At all times we are critically assessing approaches and considering how theory can be transformed into practice. There is also a significant level of participation in terms of presentations, peer support, microteaching episodes and projects in partnership with schools. You’ll be taught by a range of practitioners; both university based lecturers and other professionals currently working in local schools. Many will have passed through the course themselves in former years.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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