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Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance Computing (39BH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021

Contents

About the course

The Roehampton Secondary Computing PGCE is a new bespoke programme developed and taught in partnership with some of the 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 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. A small number of competitive scholarships of £27,500 tax free are available from the BCS for computing trainees, for more information click here. Tax Free bursaries of up to £20,000 are available dependent on your degree classification.

Entry requirements

The department welcomes graduates from a range of backgrounds such as those with digital making skills, industry experience, practical experience of software development or a degree in computer science. The University hopes to offer a preliminary subject knowledge enhancement course for graduates in other subjects without programming experience.

For more information about the School Direct Computing Course please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/pgce-secondary-computing-specialism/)

School placements

You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in a school within the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance and there will also be a shorter placement in another school within the alliance which will add breadth to the experience.

You will be visited in school by a university tutor, and you will have a mentor in school. The training at Roehampton will enable you to reflect upon your practice within the broad context of educational theory so that you will feel equipped to teach in any school.

For more information please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/school-direct/)

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Please note we will not consider anyone with a 3rd class degree unless the applicant is already holder of a higher degree or has extensive relevant professional experience. Candidates should have achieved a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs. If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, we accept the equivalency tests in Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing.

Personal qualities

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. A successful applicant will be highly self-motivated, hardworking and deeply reflective. In addition, applicants should be willing and ready to take on advice and feedback, adapt their teaching to suit different learning styles and work successfully in a professional whole-school environment.

Other requirements

We recommend that you undertake some relevant work experience prior to interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,520

About the training provider

Agnus Dei Teaching Schools’ Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn. It provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with St Mary’s University, University of East London, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education (UCL).

The Alliance is a partnership of 15 Catholic secondary schools across South, East, North East London, and Essex, many of whom have achieved an outstanding rating and all of whom have considerable experience of training teachers. Our staff are professional and talented practitioners who regularly share their knowledge, skills and expertise with trainee teachers in their own schools and across the Alliance. Our partnership of secondary schools is led by St Bonaventure’s School and incorporates the following schools:

-Bishop Challenor Catholic Federation -Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood -Cardinal Pole, Hackney -De La Salle, Basildon -Holy Family, Walthamstow -New Hall Independent School, Chelmsford -Notre Dame School, Southwark -Sacred Heart of Mary, Upminster -St Angela’s Ursuline School, Forest Gate -St Benedict’s College, Colchester -St John’s, Chigwell -St John Payne, Chelmsford -St Thomas More, Leigh-on-Sea -The Campion School, Upminster -The Palmer Catholic Academy, Seven Kings -Ursuline Academy, Ilford

Our vision is that staff and students feel valued, experience success and enjoy learning. We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best Catholic school teachers and develop them into the best Catholic school leaders.
Our programme is open to applicants from all faiths, not just Catholics but we expect applicants to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of our partner schools.

About the accredited body

The School of Education at Roehampton is a principal provider of teacher training in the UK, with 350 partnership schools. You will enjoy high quality teaching, to equip you for a successful career and competitive starting salary. 99% of teacher training graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving us. (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2013/14). We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in south-west London, 30 minutes from the West End. Our School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of education (Research Excellence Framework 2014). (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/why-roehampton/)

Interview process

Applicants will be interviewed in conjunction with St. Bonaventure’s School. Observation before interview is not a requirement. Many applicants do find observation before interview can be very helpful, however. Candidates should note that school placements will be in local state secondary schools, so observational experience outside of this sector might not provide an adequate understanding of the rewards and challenges presented to teachers in this sector. Any observational experience – in either the state or independent sector – should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers. Candidates are invited to contact subject tutors for advice by email if they have any uncertainties about the relevance of observation undertaken.

For more information please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/pgce-secondary-entry-requirements/)

Training with disabilities and other needs

UCL: School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:- (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/disability-support)

Roehampton: The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15. For more information on support for students please see here: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/)

St. Mary’s: St Mary’s aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, including students with additional support requirements. We offer advice and support to our students who have requirements as a result of a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. For more information about student support please see here: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)

UEL: The Disability & Dyslexia Team provides a completely confidential service and any information such as diagnostic reports, medical evidence or DSA Needs Assessments that are received on your behalf will be held confidentially in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy. For more information on training with disabilities and other needs please go to: (https://www.uel.ac.uk/undergraduate/studentsupport/disability/arrange-support)

Contact this training provider

Email
agnusdei@stbons.org
Telephone
0208 472 3844
Address
Boleyn Road
Forest Gate
London
E7 9QD

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