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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Computing with ICT (PGCE)

Secondary Computing with ICT (PGCE): 2X62

Delivered in specialist computer laboratories at the newly completed state-of-the-art Innovation Quarter (IQ) of the Swansea, you will work to develop your passion for technology with the most modern hardware and IT infrastructure.

The IQ space has benefited from significant investment from Sony, who are using the facilities to lead its own technology developments in education; you will be learning to teach at the cutting edge of technology.

The blend of the purpose built IQ building, Sony Vison Exchange facility, and being placed in schools that nationally lead in the use of technology will equip you to be educators at the centre of practice.

Innovation and the use of technology has become an essential part in the lives of everyone in the 21st century. There is no doubt that the role of computing, technology and all things digital have become key pillars in the modern world. Preparing learners to understand the computational thinking that underpins digital systems, is a significant responsibility. We need to prepare young people to be ethical, informed citizens of the world as well as equipping them with the digital skills needed for the workplace.

You will develop the knowledge and expertise needed to teach the subject discipline, together with developing expertise in the cross-curricular responsibility of digital competence.

Information Technology and Computer Science’s importance as a key competency has never been more significant

The importance of technology to support learners’ own productivity has seen schools place the development of computing and ICT skills at the forefront of students learning. Schools have investing heavily in computing and technology systems to support these highly prioritised skills.

You will be prepared to teach the new Area of Learning and Experience: Science and Technology through to the GCSE and A level exam groups

Technology and Computer Science teachers are highly sought after by schools and colleges and demand is much greater than supply, therefore employability and promotional prospects are excellent.

The Welsh Government is currently offering tax free bursaries of up to £20 000 to study for a PGCE in Computer Science with ICT.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree

  • Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.

GCSE qualifications

  • Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics .
  • Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).
  • Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.

A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications

  • If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.

Work Experience

  • You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.
  • Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

  • If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service

Course modules

The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings:

  • The Learner – who am I teaching?
  • Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
  • Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
  • Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)

Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base.

This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.

Assessment methods

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:

  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Video presentation
  • Research Project

All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Award of QTS

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.

This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU) Years
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 11,000 per Academic year (International) Years

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