Newman University

Newman University

Secondary Education (Computer Science and Information Communication Technology)

Students study 6 modules; 4 are spent in schools in a programme that gives students an opportunity to gain skills in planning, classroom management and delivery of secondary computing and ICT lessons; the focus is upon the teaching and development of the IT and computing curriculum at Key Stages 3 And 4; students can also expect to engage with several key topics which furnish students with valuable knowledge and enable students to develop into an effective classroom practitioner; the programme consists of 36 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and students spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools; students attend taught sessions; at Newman which are timetabled across 2 semesters without a half-term break; students also benefit from Newman�s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands; students gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements in at least 2 secondary schools; after completing the course students have acquired high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning; students can expect to be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors (teachers trained to provides beginning teachers with support and; guidance); partnership tutors from Newman also are allocated to provide advice and support; A key feature of the course is the specialist focus weeks where you can, as a computer science cohort, spend time with pupils in an Educational Behavioural Disorders (EBD) school, primary school, a school with pupils who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and discover how programming can be taught to secondary school aged students.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.2 or above) of which 50 per cent is related to computer science, or a recognised equivalent qualification. GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and mathematics at grade C or above are required before applying. Recent and relevant school experience is required. Short-listed candidates must attend literacy and numeracy tests. All applicants will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for capacity to teach and pass the national skills tests.

Course modules

Programming; computational thinking; capture and manipulation of data; appropriate presentation of information; students using Web 2.0 technologies; creativity and innovation; ethical issues in ICT; e-safety; digital literacy.

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily through individual and group coursework.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newman University Birmingham B32 3NT West Midlands

Key information

Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
0121 476 1181