The programme is designed to support trainees in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful secondary school teacher.
-Become effective classroom practitioners; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons
-Learn to recognise the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in lessons
-Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy
-Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.
Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both in school and university based learning, will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which also carries 60 Masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent Masters degree. The PGCE (M) component is an academic qualification awarded by the university. It is recognised abroad.
The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). QTS is a professional qualification awarded by the Department for Education.
The key aim of this programme is to enable trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The programme provides opportunities for trainees to explore the theory and practice of teaching the subject through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two contrasting school placements.
This is a new bespoke programme developed and taught in partnership leading computing teachers in local schools. 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 across the 11-19 age range. 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 trainees to develop their students' computational thinking and ICT capability, within and beyond the subject curriculum.
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.