Manchester Metropolitan University
Computing with Information Communication Technology
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
Computing with ICT is a national shortage subject, meaning successful trainees are highly employable. These routes will equip you with the skills and experience to teach at GCSE and A/AS levels, and vocational qualifications in both Computer Science and ICT.
Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry SKE and booster courses for national priority subjects, including Computing with ICT. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.
PGCE trainees will examine the theory and practice of computing, together with approaches to more general ICT skills and issues as they apply to teaching in the secondary school context. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing the course.
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes. We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. The PGCE Computer Science normally requires at least a 2:2 classification, likely to be in a degree with at least half the content in Computing/Computer Science. Alternatively, candidates with a degree which does not meet this requirement, but who can demonstrate considerable subject knowledge gained through industrial, commercial or school-based experience or a SKE course in Computing/Computer Science may also be considered. For exceptional candidates, we will consider 3rd class degrees but only if they have substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupation.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase
This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.
Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase
The Enrichment Unit requires you to demonstrate evidence that you have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include:
Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs.
A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified.
This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements.
Subject Pedagogy (Computing with ICT)
This course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management. You will work with tutors and fellow trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing with ICT in the 11-19 context.
This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your ability to reconceptualise your knowledge and understanding in Computing with ICT and to apply this to your planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner. You will work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and tutor groups to explore general issues in secondary teaching.
There are two elements of assessment:
Teaching, incorporating School Experience Files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences. This element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Teachers Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
Written assignments; this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation.
In addition there are several course completion requirements:
- The Record of Professional Development - a portfolio of evidence of your personal and professional development.
- Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.
On successful completion you will achieve the standards for the University award of PGCE.
Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, helping you to enter your first appointment with confidence.
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