Leeds Trinity University
Computing (2LYD)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

Our PGCE Secondary Computing course prepares you to teach in the 11 - 16 age phase. It may be possible to gain experience of teaching post 16 during your PGCE and the qualification does not preclude you from teaching post 16 once employed. There are two stages to the course.

Stage A – Introduction to teaching

You’ll spend your first five weeks at University preparing you for your school-based training. You’ll also spend several days in your placement school.

Your training will focus on:

Professional Education Studies Using an innovative and supportive model of training means you’ll get school experience from very early on along with support and tuition from University and subject experts. You’ll start a school placement three days a week, extending to four days a week.

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy You will get a good understanding of what it means to teach your subject. You’ll study the school curriculum and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll learn how to plan sequences of learning that address the needs of your pupils so you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.

School-based training You’ll put into practice what you’ve learnt so far in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your subject mentor based in your school. You’ll benefit from the support and expertise of your subject tutor, and your subject peer group at University one day a week.

Stage B – Developing your knowledge and preparing for your new career

University-based training You’ll build on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block. After an initial week at University, you’ll start your second placement.

Preparation week You’ll again spend time in a school for one week to observe and familiarise yourself with the routine and teaching practice.

School-based training You’ll deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement from January until June gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school, and with pupils that you will get to know really well. This gives you a very good opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.

You’ll teach more lessons, ensuring that you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. At this point, you’ll become more of an independent practitioner.

Interview process

If you’ve applied for a University-led PGCE, you will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day.

If you’re invited to an interview through our University-led route, you’ll also receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and method of interview, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully.

How school placements work

If school placements are impacted as a result of COVID-19, we will inform you before the course starts.

Our School Partnerships Office will source your placements, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances. You’ll be allocated a subject tutor, who will work with you to ensure you’re ready to go into school.

After you’ve completed your first five weeks of University-based training, you’ll start your first ten-week placement. This will give you the chance to put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your school-based subject mentor.

In January, you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement - split across stages two and three, from January until June - gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils you will get to know really well. This offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.

During your second placement, you will be teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. At this point, you’ll become more of an independent practitioner.

Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards. You’ll also have a subject and link tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

For the most up-to-date tuition fees, visit Leeds Trinity

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

For the most up-to-date information on what financial support you may be eligible for, including bursaries and scholarships, visit Leeds Trinity

For information on what finance support may be eligible for international applicants, visit Leeds Trinity

Requirements

Qualifications

  • An honours degree with a significant proportion in Computer Science.

  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) English and Mathematics.

At Leeds Trinity, we treat every applicant on their own merits and value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Personal qualities

We’re committed to training outstanding teachers that will make a huge difference to the lives of those they teach. As such, we also for candidates that have:

  • The personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools.

  • The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a secondary teacher.

  • The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

  • Strong applicants also have experience in secondary schools.

Other requirements

Successful applicants also tend to have:

  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in Computer Science.

  • Experience of observing the teaching in a secondary school in this country.

An offer of a place is subject to:

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

  • A satisfactory medical.

If you are offered a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.

About the training provider

Leeds Trinity University has been synonymous with high quality teacher training since 1966, when we were founded as a Catholic teacher training college.

Over the years, we’ve diversified and expanded to become renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates across many subject areas, but an unwavering commitment to outstanding teacher training has remained at the heart of what we do.

Recognising that people begin PGCE courses with different levels of experience and skills, we train you in three stages to build your confidence and capability with a mix of research-informed practice, school-based training and plenty of one-to-one support.

We work with over 600 schools – from small rural schools to large, inner-city high schools. We work with ‘Outstanding’ schools leading innovations in education, as well as schools that may have difficulties in reaching outcome targets at the end of key stages.

When you train with Leeds Trinity, you’ll experience best practice in school improvement, whichever school you train in.

You’ll work with expert school mentors while on placement and receive help, advice and support from University-based link tutors. This combination means you’ll get specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content, and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development.

After you graduate, we’ll support you throughout the early stages of your career with an NQT programme that includes CPD, an active online community and an annual conference.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We’re committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education.

If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Asperger syndrome/autism
  • Visual/hearing impairments
  • Physical and mobility restrictions
  • Long-term medical conditions
  • A mental health condition.

If you register with our Disability Service, a member of the team will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. The support within this plan could include exam adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.

With your permission, they’ll share this plan with your University-based personal tutor so that they know how to best support you during your University-based training. They can also share this plan with the School Partnerships team, who are able to inform the host schools for your placements so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.

Contact details

Email
admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk
Telephone
0113 283 7123
Website
https://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk
Address
Leeds Trinity University
Brownberrie Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
LS18 5HD

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