University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Computer Science and Information Communication Technology)

This course will equip you with all the skills you need to become an effective secondary computer science and ICT teacher. It will train you to teach pupils aged 11-16 with facilities including access to our blackboard virtual learning environment which can provide easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board. Available at university and through School Direct.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in any ICT or computing subject at 2.2 or above, for example, networking, games design, multimedia, business and ICT. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy prior to starting the course. At least 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school prior to interview is preferred. You should observe teaching within ICT as you will be required to discuss your observations at interview. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. Your application should outline your strengths and experiences in all areas of ICT and education. At interview you will be required to complete a short presentation and you will be given the opportunity to discuss your subject knowledge. You will complete a short subject audit linked to subject knowledge in secondary education. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

Modules include: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; professional skills, knowledge and practice; curriculum development; classroom research for beginning teachers.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
School Direct LA1 3JD

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