This Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Computer Science leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
We teach you about inclusive approaches to teaching computer science, computational thinking, problem solving and demystifying computer science for young people.
You have the opportunity to work with an experienced community of tutors, established in the field of Computing education and IT, who are engaged actively in teaching, research and national developments in Computer Science education and international projects in Technology Enhanced Learning (TL).
We have guest speakers come in to talk to students including the British Computer Society (BCS), micro: bit and Computing at School (CAS) and provide opportunities to participate in a hackathon and coding club.
We show you how to use physical computing in the classroom including micro: bit, Raspberry Pi and Lego, and have active and engaged alumni who come in to deliver guest talks and are also mentors.
You will learn through a series of practical seminars, workshops, microteaching activities, presentations by subject experts as well as independent and group research in a purpose-built IT suite with an extensive range of resources. Interactive and discussion-based teaching techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge ideas around computing education and pedagogy.
In addition to your school placement, your training will include:
- opportunity to undertake additional professional subject-specific micro qualifications
- one to one tutorials with your academic tutor
- three school visits by your academic tutor whilst on placement to observe your teaching and monitor your progress
- weekly one to one tutorial with a subject-specialist school-based mentor whilst on placement
- additional visits to schools or other settings with a particular focus on computing pedagogy
- visits to sites of educational interest, such as The National Museum of Computing
- assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
Alongside the university tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
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