Liverpool Hope University Computing (X880)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

Contents

Course summary

This one year postgraduate certificate in Education (PGCE) course aims to produce outstanding teachers whose enthusiasm for Computing inspires pupils in their study of the subject. The Computing PGCE offers students the opportunity to become outstanding teachers supported by a network of experienced mentors in school, many of whom have been trained through the Hope PGCE. The course includes subject sessions concentrating on the pedagogy of teaching Computing along with research informed discussion and debate around the big ideas in Computing.

School placements will cover the 11-16 age range, along with some KS5 enhancement. Student teachers will be provided with a supportive, constructive learning environment in our placement schools with mentors committed to student teacher progression and development.

School placements

At Liverpool Hope we have strong and long standing partnerships with a wide range of schools across the North West. Our partnership includes over 300 schools encompassing faith based settings, community schools, academies and schools from the private sector. All our partner schools share our vision for creating the Hope Teacher and are skilled at providing you with the practical support to become an outstanding classroom practitioner.

High quality partnership schools are selected for students according to their training requirements. We match placements carefully ensuring students gain a range of experience in different schools and settings building on their prior knowledge and experience. All partner schools have experienced, trained mentors who will support this you to succeed.

Postgraduate students complete two assessed professional placements during their training. Placements increase in length as you progress through your training preparing you for the real world of teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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

Knowledge of the subject specific curriculum

The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of subject specific

The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English

A desire to teach and inspire children

The ability to present information and communicate well verbally and in writing.

Strong organisational skills

A good reference

Other requirements

A’ Level in relevant subject

Evidence of experiences of the world of work outside of education

Range of interests and skills

Other experiences of working with children, young people and/or adults

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Liverpool Hope University has been providing first class training opportunities for aspirational teaching professionals for nearly 175 years. The PGCE course offered is an intensive and challenging yet rewarding programme aimed at high quality graduates who have a real passion for their subject and a desire to inspire the next generation.

If you train to teach with us, you will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled professionals, drawn from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, who bring with them a rich diversity of experience. The tutor teams are dedicated to providing individually tailored support as you work towards becoming an aspirational Hope Teaching Professional.

We have developed strong, long standing partnerships with a wide range of schools across the North West, enabling us to provide you with the best school based training. At Liverpool Hope, we are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and therefore provide the theoretical and practical support you will need to become an outstanding classroom practitioner. A programme of engaging and interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and conference days supports the school based experience, enabling you to become a critically reflective professional, confident in making well informed, independent judgements.

TEF Gold Award

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s higher education sector. Based on the evidence gathered, TEF awarded Liverpool Hope the gold award in recognition of the consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes delivered for its students.

Interview process

If called for interview, the day will take the following format or similar to assess key skills and attributes:

  1. Presentation: you will be asked to give a presentation on a topic showing how you would deliver this to a class. Details are sent out with the interview letter.

  2. Interview: a set of questions designed to ascertain your ideas and knowledge on a range of educational issues.

  3. Group Task: A task will be set which requires you to work collaboratively in groups around a generic educational topic and present your findings to other candidates

  4. Literacy Test: A 20 minute written task to assess your standard of written English (grammar, spelling, punctuation etc)

  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your interview within seven to ten days via DfE and letter (by email).

Upon receipt of your acceptance of the place offered, if successful, you will receive a pre-course pack outlining activities which will need to be completed before the course starts, in order to begin your training immediately and prepare you for the start of the course in September.

Other requirements and recommendations from your interview may also be enclosed.

If unsuccessful you will receive a letter giving basic details of the reasons for this.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We endeavour to ensure equality of educational opportunity across our diverse student community. The University will take reasonable steps to ensure that the general need for access and the specific requirements of individuals with additional support needs are addressed. The Learning Support Team works with disabled students in order to minimise any potential disadvantage they may face because of their disability. Find out more about disability support at [Hope], (https://www.hope.ac.uk/lifeathope/studentsupport/)

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiry@hope.ac.uk
Telephone
0151 291 3111
Website
http://www.hope.ac.uk
Address
Student Enrolment
Hope Park
Liverpool
Merseyside
L16 9JD

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.

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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