University of Portsmouth
If you are enthusiastic about working with young people; an analytical problem solver; enjoy engaging in both theoretical and practical activities; are innovative, confident and creative then the newly developed PGCE in Computer Science at the University of Portsmouth will train you to teach computer science fast moving curriculum area, combining a rewarding career with a necessary subject for 21st-century pupils. The course provides you with a chance to equip your pupils with a deeper understanding of computer science, and thus inspire the next generation of technology leaders, innovators and programmers.
The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This means that successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching.
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, ideally with approximately 50% Computer Science content or other relevant experience. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. If in doubt about your qualifications or suitability for the course please contact the course leader for advice. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.
The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement
- ICT in the classroom
- Lesson Planning
- Classroom management
- Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning computer science
- Special Needs and Inclusion
- Teaching and assessment
The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.
You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.
The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.
The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.
In each term you will be assessed on:
- The development of your teaching skills
- A formal assignment
- An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge
Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.
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||£ 12,600 per Academic year (International)||1 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Main Site||Portsmouth||PO1 2UP||South East|
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