University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Secondary Education (Computing)

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Initial Teacher Training courses.

Computing is an exciting secondary school curriculum subject. It covers topics such as algorithms, programming, computational thinking, communication and data. As a trainee you will learn how to teach computing to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching computing through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

Entry requirements

You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for computing and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others. Candidates will be expected to teach computing topics such as programming, computer architecture, algorithms, data transmission and representation, number conversion and abstraction. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people. Also you will need:

A first honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification (a 2:1 classification or above is expected).

If successful at interview you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Booster course which is designed for ITT (Initial Teacher Training) candidates to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach in this subject.

  • GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent.
  • It is desirable that candidates would also have recently undertaken, or be in the process of arranging, suitable experience in a United Kingdom secondary school.
  • Applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests before the start of the course. 
  • If you have been successful at interview and been given a conditional offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Course modules

Over the one year course, you will undertake learning at University and other educational settings. You will spend 120 days divided between at least two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the Secondary age phase.

Your University tutor team is available to assist you throughout your training, supporting development of reflection. Every effort is made to ensure that high-quality school placements are provided to you, facilitating learning through observing, co-teaching and being observed by experienced teachers in the classroom.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in pedagogy which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to actively participate in your own learning and development.

Teaching on the course comprises a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led discussions, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery, problem based learning, e-learning and the provision of individual targets.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

Typical activities may include:

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or small groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through reflection on planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research that takes place in both University and school settings on selected aspects of your practice.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
Walsall Campus
Contact: 
Course Enquiry Unit
Telephone number: 
01902 321000