University of Sussex Computing and Business studies (D188)

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
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite

Contents

Course summary

The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE in Computing and Business is offered as a 1 year full-time programme. Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.

At the heart of the course is a belief in the importance of heuristic learning and creativity. Enabling learners to become independent, critical thinkers who develop expertise in formulating problems and their solutions is crucial.

You will learn how to develop the computational thinking skills of your learners. You will also help learners to become the creators of technology, not just users of technology, by understanding the role of computing in the classroom, teaching and learning theory, moral and social issues arising from the widespread use of computers and, of course, the teaching of the Computing Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Business education can be one of the most important subjects students take. Whether deciding to continue with further education, becoming an employee or starting their own business, Business education brings together theory and practical applications to help build success. Business education gives students the opportunity to understand how local, national and international businesses function, the role played in our society, the opportunities generated, the skills required, and the impact on our lives and local/international economies. We are surrounded by real world applications which enrich learning for Business students.

The Sussex course links education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching. Excellent teachers from partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional vibrancy to teaching and trainee support. Studying and reflecting with other trainees ensures you are part of an invaluable network of peer support.

You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.

Subsequently you will spend Monday to Thursday each week training in one of our partnership schools and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors.

Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and will be required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.

Further course information http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/computerscience

School placements

You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Computing at Key Stage 3 (11-14), Computing and Business at Key Stage 4 and Business Key Stage 5 (16-18).

Placement 1: End of September to February halfterm. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays. This ensures a weekly focus on theory and pedagogy as well as practice.

Placement 2: February Halfterm to May halfterm in a contrasting school. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.

Our longstanding and historic partnership with around 300 schools across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London Fringes helps us secure placements where our trainees will thrive and be well exceptionally supported. We invest a lot of time in carefully arranging the most appropriate school for each individual in our cohorts.

Your Sussex tutor will personally select your two school placements based on a combination of factors; the practicalities such as living location and transport needs but also on personality, subject knowledge level and previous experiences and using our in depth knowledge of the features of schools within our partnership.

SEND Placement We are also proud to offer an innovative optional training strand in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) which includes enhanced training opportunities and a bespoke Placement 2 in a local partnership special school. This strand would suit any trainee interested in working in a SEND environment.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Essex House 4, University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9QQ
Yes
University of Sussex
Essex House, , Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9QQ
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

  • A strong knowledge and understanding of both Computing and Business and a sound awareness of how the subjects are currently taught within Secondary state schools
  • An undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in Business or a related degree and significant business industry experience.
  • You will also need interest, experience and skills in Computing and may also hold a qualification in this subject which could be developed further on our funded Pre - PGCE Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). Recommendations Undertaking a short classroom type teaching task and showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is part of our interview process, so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand. We also suggest applicants research the Key Stage 3 and 4 Curriculum and GCSE specifications for Computing and the GCSE, BTEC and A Level Specifications for Business to be aware of the topics they will be required to teach.

Your degree subject should be in computing with business studies 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.

Candidates will need to be able to source and pay for their own equivalency test. We accept online tests offered by Birmingham City University, A Star, and Equivalency testing.com We strongly advise those in need of an equivalency test to make arrangements to study for and book a test as soon as you accept your place on the course. Some candidates need to take their test more than once to secure a pass and we are not able to admit trainees onto the PGCE course in September without passes in both subjects.

Personal qualities

At Sussex we are looking for;

  • A passion for Business and Computing and interest beyond your degree

  • Knowledge and understanding of Computing and Business and an awareness of how the subjects are taught in UK secondary schools.

  • Effective communication skills and good organisational skills

  • Awareness of current educational developments

  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals and making a difference to their lives

  • The ability to evaluate practice and address areas for development

  • Initiative, flexibility, responsiveness to change

  • A sense of responsibility

  • The ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

We also require the following

  • DBS: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide. All trainees must obtain Enhanced DBS clearance before starting the course.

  • Health requirements: Trainees must undertake an online Health questionnaire for mental and physical fitness with the University Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme

  • Trainees with English as a second language are required to pass IELTS at minimum level 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each section.

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 £15,475

About the training provider

The University of Sussex Schools Partnership offers high quality professional and academic teaching courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits and a progression route onto a Masters in Education.

With a history of innovation we pioneered a model of school-based teacher training 50 years ago, now adopted nationally. Schools are involved at every stage of the selection, training and assessment of our beginner teachers. This long standing relationship results in excellent support from experienced teachers mentoring trainees on placement and dedicated University tutors offering models of successful pedagogy. As a small friendly department we offer our trainees a personal approach and aftercare support and training as Newly Qualified Teachers

We train ‘thinking’ teachers with a over riding desire to make a difference to the lives of young people.
A research intensive university, we believe teachers benefit from critical engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and continuing professional development as well as excellent practical classroom skills.

Our University sits on a leafy campus at the edge of the South Downs National Park, accessible by road or rail from East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London. The historic seaside city of Brighton is minutes away, with its pebble beaches and vibrant social and cultural opportunities.

Course outcomes are consistently high; 100% achieving QTS on first attempt, 94% completing with Merit or Distinction,
98% securing a teaching post and 99% of ex-trainees rating the course ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a Sussex selection day either online via Zoom or in person at the university campus in Brighton.

As part of the interview process Sussex candidates would usually expect to;

Before the selection day

  • Watch to a video talk giving further information about the Sussex course
  • Prepare a short teaching presentation task to deliver during the interview.
  • Complete some paperwork including our ‘Suitability for Teaching Declaration’. All of the above will be sent to you by email in your invitation to interview

On the selection day you will

  • Have an individual online interview, usually via Zoom, with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partnership school
  • Deliver your classroom type teaching task to the panel.
  • Show the interview panel a form of photo ID on camera for checking
  • Have an opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the course and your individual circumstances.

After the selection day

  • If we offer you a place on the course and you decide to accept we will need you to send us or bring in your original Undergraduate Degree, and GCSE Maths and English certificates

Showing an awareness the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

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 Sussex welcomes applications from all candidates who have the potential to make excellent teachers regardless of disability and additional needs.

We have previously successfully supported trainee teachers with dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, mental wealth conditions and a range of physical, hearing and visual impairments.

All trainee teachers are first screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme. Following this, if you have a disability or health condition, you will register with the University Student Support service and an assessment is arranged to establish your needs. The team will identify the additional support and adjustments recommended to help you be as successful as possible on the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk
Telephone
01273 873238
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite
Address
Sussex School of Education
Essex House
Falmer, Brighton
Brighton and Hove
BN1 9QQ

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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