University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Computer Science (Secondary Education 11-18)

The PGCE Computer Science equips students to share their interest in computer science with young people and inspire them to realise their potential. A growing number of pupils are choosing to take computer science at GCSE and A Level, which means there is a rising demand for great computer science teachers. The course prepares students for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Students study theory and practical issues. Approximately 2/3 of the programme, involves active participation in school and college placements. The focus is on the professional application of the teaching and learning process in the 11-18 age range. Placement schools will support students as they develop as a teacher. Teaching experience will be organised by the School Placement Officer. Successful completion confers qualified teacher status (QTS).

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from holders of an Honours degree (at least a 2.2) in computing. We will also consider other equivalent qualifications. Applicants should have at least grade C in GCSE mathematics and English (or equivalent). Additional requirements include DBS Enhanced Disclosure, completion of a medical pro forma and completion of the Teaching Agency skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the academic work on the programme is by coursework. Completed work, as a teacher, on placement in schools and colleges is assessed in partnership with the school or college who will help to collect evidence to demonstrate development as a teacher and that appropriate standards are being met.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sir Tom Cowie Campus Sunderland SR6 0DD North East

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