The University is at the forefront of computing education, with staff contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national and international level.
Students learn about the challenges and opportunities of teaching computing, IT and digital literacy in secondary schools. The course looks at how approaches from the world of software development, such as agility and craftsmanship have parallels in the classroom, and can be applied to teaching and learning in programming and digital media. The course equips you to develop your students’ computational thinking and ICT capability, within and beyond the subject curriculum.
Teaching and learning methods provide both challenge and support, and draw on practical activities, independent study, group work and academic input; high quality school placements are an integral part of the course. Written assignments allow you to pursue your own professional interests from a foundation of core pedagogic subject knowledge.
The course is ideally suited to recent graduates in computing related degrees and to those with practical experience of software development. The University hopes to offer a preliminary subject knowledge enhancement course for graduates in other subjects without programming experience.
Candidate will pick their main school upon application and a second school placement, for six weeks, will be allocated in consultation with the main school.
A professional development tutor will be allocated to all candidates.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in computing or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We would normally only consider candidates who are waiting for one equivalency test and not both.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:
Motivation to become the best teacher possible.
Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback.
Creativity and imagination.
Capacity for hard work.
Good organisational skills.
Empathy and a liking for young people.
Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.
All offers of places are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure with list check. If you are offered a place, you will be asked to provide a signed declaration relating to any police record. Contact the SJSERA Office or Roehampton University if you need guidance on whether an offence or conviction may preclude you from teaching.
All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health. In practice, few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applications from people with disabilities.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
If you are looking for a teacher training course in which you spend most of your time in-school while you study, this course may be for you.
You work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. You are will be based in one of the schools within the Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance during your training, with a placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school.
A key feature of the programme is the individual support provided to candidates. A recent candidate noted that
“The support provided to the trainees within the school is excellent at every level. This includes - but is by no means limited to - a mentor from the department who meets with you on a weekly basis; my lead school trainer, who oversees the more general assessment and evaluation of progress; and the added support system of the department and HOD, all of whom are always highly approachable. The programme provides trainees with ample in-class experience; opportunities to observe colleagues of various age groups, abilities and subjects and offers weekly INSET seminars which hone practical skills and help to clarify many aspects of training which may appear less accessible or relatable to ‘real life’ classroom teaching. Every tutor is vastly experienced, supportive, welcoming, and most of all, an outstanding teacher in their own right.”
About the accredited body
This course is accredited by University of Roehampton, who have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. Many members of staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of our provision; tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors. 95% of students who left the course in 2020 and 2021 agreed that the course had equipped them to be a good or better teacher (Ofsted survey 2020 and 2021).
The interview will be conducted by the Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance. Interviews are normally conducted with the Head of the Alliance, or his deputy, the Head of Department and Professional Development Tutor.
Interviews take place on a one-to-one basis and will last for about 30 minutes. All questions are focussed on the individual’s motivation to teach and their understanding of the education system.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
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