You will have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and spend at least 120 days on placements in schools across Greater Manchester.
At University, you’ll mainly study with trainees in your computing and design group. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver lessons through interactive, hands-on workshops, exploring mediums such as coding.
You’ll attend critical skills lectures and workshops once a week in mixed groups with students from other subject areas. These sessions help you to develop skills outside of your subject knowledge. Some of the topics include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).
You’ll also develop your study skills, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion), you can explore the latest literature and use it to guide your teaching.
During your first couple of weeks, we’ll help you to develop organisational skills you’ll need as computing teacher, such as carrying out assessments and dealing with paperwork.
We’ll also give you full overview of the year and tasks you’ll be doing, to help you to stay organised throughout the course.
On your first placement in October, you’ll put the skills you’ve learnt at university into practice and build your confidence in the classroom. You’ll be involved in all aspects of teaching, from marking work to delivering lessons to helping with parents’ evenings.
While on placement, you’ll have a school mentor (often the class teacher) to help you with day-to-day matters, and receive contact from your personal tutor and visiting tutor.
During the course, you’ll complete a short placement in a primary school. This experience helps to broaden your knowledge of teaching methods and develop your teaching skills.
If you are on the university-led route, you may also apply to spend a short time overseas at the end of Placement B, gaining teaching experience in an international school. In previous years, trainees across the PGCE courses have taught at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Norway, and public schools in France.
When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Computing, and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can work at any level in schools and colleges.
You’ll also be awarded 60 master’s credits (a masters degree is 180 credits), which you could put towards further study and career development.