Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school computing curriculum for the 11-16 age range.
You’ll explore how to teach children computing and digital skills through hands-on activities such as programming and practical projects using Microbits, Raspberry Pi’s and robots.
The sessions will include looking at recent pedagogy and learning how to teach the theoretical aspects of the subject including binary conversions, algorithms, data structures, and networks. In the sessions you’ll look at how digital safety is taught, and you’ll also consider different aspects of virtual learning for teaching computing in school.
Peer teaching will allow you to work on GCSE and A-level theory topics, so that you understand the how students will learn in your classroom. Some of the topics you might cover are programming languages or how to assess a pupil’s use of HTML to create a web page.
You’ll also have guest lectures from people working in industry, such as representatives from the Computing at School community of practice and exam boards.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach your subject at Key Stage 3, GCSE and potentially A/AS-level.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in at least two contrasting school placements as well as the opportunity for additional experience that will prepare you to excel in the classroom.
You can choose University-led or School-led routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Following successful completion of this course, you will achieve 60 masters level credits (one third of a masters degree) and these can contribute to future studies.