King’s College London (University of London) Computing (IX99)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk

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Course summary

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely.

85% graduates of 2022 who sought teaching posts were employed within 3 months of qualifying.

In our 2022 student survey, 100% of Computing trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good.

The PGCE Computing at King’s trains Computing professionals and graduates to become effective teachers of Computing in secondary schools. The PGCE Computing programme examines in detail the specifications and expectations for Computing in UK secondary schools including GCSE and A-Level courses.

Learning to be a teacher of Computing involves: -learning about teaching the Computing knowledge, skills and processes as laid down in the National Curriculum and examination specifications for Computing, Computer Science and Information Technology. -learning how to incorporate computational thinking into other subject areas in schools.

A distinctive feature of the King’s Computing programme is the emphasis on learning through critical reflection and discussion with colleagues. In the same way that you will encouraged to make your students think when they are analysing computing-based issues and problems, so staff at King’s are keen for you to apply your developing understanding of teaching to help you think about your own practice.

At King’s we are at the forefront of research into computing education in schools, and this research impacts on the teaching in the programme. Our staff are all active researchers and the school is host to the Nuffield funded Subject Choice, Attainment and Representation in (SCARI) Computing project.

School placements

You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.

We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including for secondary ages (11-16) and ability range. There may be an opportunity for post 16 experience but this is dependent on the placement school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities we look for include:

-Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for mathematics -Commitment to working with young people -Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet -Evidence of good interpersonal skills -Awareness of current educational issues

Other requirements

The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,260

About the training provider

Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.

Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded ‘Outstanding’.

Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.

Student satisfaction: In our 2021 student survey, Over 90% of PGCE trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good.

Employment prospects: 74% graduates of 2021 who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.

Interview process

In addition to meeting the shortlisting requirements, you must demonstrate the following if you are to be offered a place:

-conceptual understanding of some school Computing -Computing knowledge of an appropriate level -ability to think and reason clearly -clarity and accuracy of written and spoken communication -successful experience with children or clear potential for this -ability to interact with pupils and colleagues -strong motivation to teach -ability to recognise own shortcomings -flexibility of mind and potential necessary to improve -ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to a group interview. This process will take half a day and is designed to:

-enable you to demonstrate your potential for teaching Computing -help you to decide whether Computing teaching is the right career for you.

During the interview process you will demonstrate your potential for teaching Computing through: -subject knowledge test (including questions on algorithms and programming) -oral answers during individual interview -a brief introduction to a lesson which you prepare at the interview and present to the rest of the interview group.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King’s provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact this training provider

Email
service-response@kcl.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7848 7000
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk
Address
King's Admissions Office
James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8WA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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