Roehampton University Computing (G5X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/teacher-training/

Contents

Course summary

The Roehampton Secondary Computing PGCE is a bespoke programme developed and taught in partnership with some of the leading computing teachers in local schools. The University is at the forefront of computing education, with the course leader contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national and international level.

Students learn about the challenges and opportunities of teaching computer science, IT and digital literacy across the 11-16 age range. There are additional inputs on KS5 teaching and learning, such as object-oriented programming and machine learning. We emphasise the centrality of programming to computing education, with regular practical work in our teaching lab, but trainees are prepared for teaching the full breadth of the subject including media work and critical digital literacy. The course emphasises teaching computing so that all pupils are engaged and empowered to succeed.

Teaching and learning methods provide both challenge and support, and draw on practical activities, independent study, group work and academic input; high quality school placements are an integral part of the course, which is carefully aligned with the core content framework for initial teacher training. Written assignments focus on inclusive teaching of programming and how assessment can be used to promote effective progress.

The course is ideally suited to recent graduates in computing related degrees and to those with practical experience of software development, but subject knowledge enhancement courses may be available for those without prior experience of programming who nevertheless can evidence a determination to succeed in this sought-after subject.

School placements

During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced Computing teachers. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors. We have an extensive mentor training programme to ensure that you have access to fully-trained mentors.

Each student spends a minimum of 120 days on placement. In a normal week you will be in school on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and a Friday with Wednesdays being spent at University.

We will arrange your placements and we take into account where you live and your available methods of transport. We also make placement decisions based on trying to ensure you have contrasting placements to give you a breadth of experience across the course.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

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.

We recommend A Star equivalency (https://astarequivalency.co.uk/) or Equivalency Testing (www.equivalencytesting.com) as third parties who can provide equivalency testing. Please consult their websites for costs and arrangements.

Other requirements

UK enhanced DBS check is required prior to enrolment and a suitability declaration will be requested when accepting a place. If you have lived outside of the UK for a period of a year over the age of 18 then you will also be required to provide an overseas criminal records check clearance prior to starting the course.

A declaration of health questionnaire is required to assess if you are fit to teach.

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 £16,500

Financial support from the training provider

Please see our website for details - (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA37KbBhDgARIsAIzce15HBI3X96M4FNLnZTvicEFC0pOs-VefEViiaBM69dXvd-DMgOB8ph4aAk_YEALw_wcB)

About the training provider

The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with a partnership network of over 400 schools. We have a rich tradition of training teachers dating back to 1841, longer than any other university.

As a student in our School, you will enjoy high quality teaching which will equip you for a successful career with a competitive starting salary. The subject specific expertise of our tutors and the outstanding resources offered by the course will help you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become an Early Career Teacher. 95% of students who left the course in 2020 and 2021 agreed that the course had equipped them to be a good or better teacher (Ofsted survey 2020 and 2021).

We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in south west London, close to Putney and Hammersmith, and just 30 minutes from the West End.

Interview process

We are continuing to interview applicants online this year. There will be a recording for you to watch introducing the course and the subject tutor team and a group interview, based on what you have learned from your observations in school and understanding of teaching in general. Each applicant will also have an individual interview with the subject tutor lasting about 30 minutes. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the course during this interview. You may be asked to discuss a portfolio where relevant, to give a presentation or to show the relevance of your subject knowledge, following specific guidance.

There will also be a written task, where you will be asked to write a short piece on the role of your subject within the national curriculum. This is to check your Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and to see what your response would be to writing at Master’s level. These interview elements are carefully planned to give you the best possible opportunity to show your potential for teaching and working with young people in school. A teacher from one of our partner schools may take part in the interview.

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

The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.

For new students, we strongly recommend that you get in touch to let us know about your specific disability and support needs. Any information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to support you with your studies.

We recommend you inform us of your specific learning difference (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

For more information please see our disability services website here.

https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone
0208 392 3314
Website
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/teacher-training/
Address
Roehampton University
Roehampton lane
London
SW15 5PU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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