University of Portsmouth Computer Science (IX99)

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

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time - full time or part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

School placements

School-based work is an important part of our PGCE Programme and all of our partner schools have specially trained mentors who assist students in learning to teach. This mentoring programme is essential in the development of new teachers and will be a valuable asset in your training as you gain hands on experience of practising your new skill in actual classroom environments.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Ideally your degree should be in a Computing subject, or you will have recent relevant industry experience as you’ll need to prove you have the relevant subject knowledge to undertake the course. If you’re concerned about how well you know the subject, do not worry - you may be able to do a ‘subject knowledge enhancement’ (SKE) course. If you have any concerns about your qualifications or suitability for the course please contact the course leader for advice.

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.

Other requirements

All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £17,200

For further fee information please see

  • Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice.*

Financial support from the training provider

Scholarships and Bursaries are still be finalised for 2023 entry, this information will be available shortly.

About the training provider

We’re a university with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ reviews from Ofsted for our teacher training programmes, and more than 90 percent of our graduates use their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to move into employment as teachers. Our strong network of partnership schools gives you great links to schools in the area for teaching experience and future careers– based on recent data, around 75% of our trainee teachers had job offers before completing the course.

“It has been particularly rewarding to see how my own developments in both confidence and ability have had such a positive impact on my pupils’ progress.” Rosanna Day, PGCE (English) graduate

Interview process

We hold our interviews in Portsmouth and during yours, you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge and experience of your subject and the school system. We’ll send you an audit form to help you think about how your subject knowledge fits with the syllabus you want to teach, and how you might fill any gaps.

You’ll also be tested on reading and writing, take part in a group discussion, and will be asked to prepare a ‘microteaching’ lesson: ten minutes of teaching on a subject, skill or interest of your choice that you’ll deliver to your fellow applicants on the day. We’ll be looking at all aspects of the application process – application form, academic reference, and the elements of the interview day – in order to get the fullest picture of you. We’re hoping to see that you’ve got the personal and intellectual qualities to be a teacher, and that you can meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of your training.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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 regularly recruit trainee teachers with a declared disability or special need, and work with them to deliver the right support and guidance they need to become outstanding teachers. Through our extensive partnerships with local schools, we’ve also successfully matched many trainees with schools who can offer them the appropriate at-work support.

Contact this training provider

023 9284 5566
University of Portsmouth
St George's Building, 141 High Street,

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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