University of Reading

University of Reading

Secondary Education (Computer Science)

Develop teaching skills, acquire curriculum knowledge in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Computer Science (CS), and benefit from our excellent placement opportunities.

This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary (Computer Science) course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

Our tutors are a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics. You will be taught by those with national and international reputations as experts in the field of ICT, digital literacy and computer science (CS) in education, and together you will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to ICT and CS teaching.

Current initiatives and policies in the field of ICT and CS, will inform your learning, including involvement with CAS (Computing At School)/BCS (British Computer Society) initiatives.

Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent. You will need to have spent some time observing practice in a maintained secondary school, pass the QTS skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Course modules

Current initiatives and policies in the field of ICT and CS, will inform your learning, including involvement with CAS (Computing At School)/BCS (British Computer Society) initiatives.

You will learn through a series of practical seminars, workshops, microteaching activities as well as independent and group research in a purpose-built ICT suite with an extensive range of resources. Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 10 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

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