University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Secondary Education (Information Technology)

This course equips trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach information technology (ICT) across the secondary age range; including some opportunities to know more about 16-19 teaching; candidates should note that the majority of schools in the Southampton partnership serve 11-6 cohorts and access to post-16 experience is limited to guest speakers; independent inquiries and observations in the main; the course aims to prepare students for the ever-changing world of school based computing and the use of ICT across the curriculum; the course itself focuses upon the role of ICT in the classroom; teaching and learning theory; moral and social issues arising from the widespread use of computers; and of course, the teaching of the ICT national curriculum and examination; the course aims to develop students subject knowledge in ICT through a range of approaches; workshops; seminars; lectures and demonstrations; simulations and micro-teaching activities; independent and group research; the central focus of the course is on teaching information technology in a challenging yet accessible way and understanding how children learn; the university-based sessions often consist of practical workshops; where students can develop their information technology skills as well as learning the pedagogical knowledge needed to teach.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in relevant subject awarded by a British university or by the CNAA or an equivalent qualification; mature students with relevant previous classroom experience but a lower degree class are considered; GCSE passes (grades A-C) or the equivalent in English language and mathematics; enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Record Bureau; medical assessment; interview.

Assessment methods

Trainees are assessed formatively and summatively across the course; this ensures that progress is reviewed regularly and students are aware of the progress being made against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); there are informal activities that need to be completed; and are important in developing a deeper insight into effective teaching; besides completion of all subject based tasks there are 3 elements common to all trainees in order to complete the course successfully; all trainees have to demonstrate that their teaching is suitable to meet the standards for QTS; secondly, as part of the standards all students must pass QTS skills tests in literacy; numeracy and ICT (there is a TDA test centre on campus); finally everyone must pass 2 major assignments; called the curriculum subject assignment (CSA) and special study assignment (SSA); the CSA is based in an aspect of subject teaching; whereas the SSA is based around a study of a whole school issue; the assignments are marked at Master's level and if successful, trainees leave with 60 credits towards a Master's degree and a postgraduate certificate in education.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

PGCE Secondary Office
Telephone number: 
023 8059 3473