Liverpool John Moores University
Computer Science and Information Technology
The programme aims to enable applicants to teach computer science and information technology at key stages 3 and 4. You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends. Tutorial support is an important part of the learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your personal tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally six times during the year. You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by your LJMU tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Successful completion of the course confers a recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).
To join this this PGDE, you will usually have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Computer Science-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
You may still be able to train to teach Computer Science (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, If you want to teach Computer Science but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course in Computer Science which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively.
Additional requirements for the programme include:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)
- A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
Applicants will need to pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to entry to this programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
The University element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice ( a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
- Subject Pedagogy in Computer Science (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
- Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
- Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
- Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes).
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on practice, a literature review, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences and a portfolio of professional activities. A final assessment of your achievement of the standards required will be based on observation of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
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