Course introduction: The University of Portsmouth’s PGCE Computer Science is a one-year, full-time course for graduates who wish to train as secondary school Computing teachers. Computing is a compulsory National Curriculum subject in Secondary education, which covers the areas of Computer Science, IT and Digital Literacy. Trainees have the choice of following either the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education route (taking all modules at higher education level) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credits towards a Master’s degree). The most appropriate route for you can be discussed with the course leader and does not need to be decided until you have started the course.
On the PGCE course you will learn not only about teaching Computer Science, but also the wider context relating to the applications of it (IT) and the development of digital literacy. You will also learn about developing an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, school curriculum and the school and society.
Course aims: The course is designed to enable you to become a capable and confident teacher at secondary level. You will develop the ability to teach the National Curriculum, understanding how to make it relevant and accessible to everyone to promote learning. This will be developed alongside the skills and understanding required in order to meet the Teachers’ Standards.
Mode of study: This is a one-year full-time course or 2 years part-time.
Course outline: The Computer Science course integrates theory with practice and two-thirds of your time will be spent in a school.
Throughout the year you will learn about, and how to apply, essential knowledge and skills, such as planning and assessing learning in Computing, classroom management, inclusion and behaviour matters.
School partnerships The University works closely in partnership with a number of schools. Two thirds of your time is spent in schools, where you will receive the support of school-based mentors who will be trained by the university, working with you on a day-to-day basis in the classroom.
As the course progresses you will spend less time at University and more time in the classroom as you learn how to put theory into practice. The emphasis throughout will be on helping you to gain more confidence and competence in order to attain an increasing level of responsibility in the classroom.