Caludon Castle School
Computing (2Z54)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
August 2019

About the course

School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.

Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions, based at Caludon Castle School, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching.

The course will include:

At Key Stage 3, Computing is covered in the following sectors:

What algorithms are and what they can be used for, involving the need for accuracy.

How to write executable programs in at least one language.

An understanding of integers, characters and strings, the use of Boolean operators and abstraction by functions.

In addition, an understanding of the difference between errors of syntax and errors in meaning.

Understand how computers represent data, including representations of text, sounds and pictures.

The main components that make up a computer system, and how they fit together.

For Key Stage 4, Computing is covered in the following sectors:

The choice of an algorithm along with influences on that choice.

Algorithm design is also covered along with performance characteristics.

Manipulation of logical expressions, two-dimensional arrays, some low-level programming ideally with the ability to read and write data.

Development of programs to meet a specification.

Hexadecimal representation, string manipulation, two's complement, data compression and problems associated with discrete binary representations.

For Key Stage 5, Computing is covered in the following sectors

Data, information & knowledge, the value and importance of information, quality of information and validation and verification.

Capabilities and limitations of ICT along with uses of ICT.

Database systems and modelling.

Networks and the internet, HCIs and working with ICT.

ICT security policies, management of change, management information systems and the SDLC.

Hardware, software, data transmission, characteristics of information systems and implications of computer use.

Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary schools and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with children with special educational needs.

Interview process

If shortlisted for selection, applicants will be invited to an interview day, where they will be involved in a range of activities, including teaching a short lesson to students, undertaking a literacy exercise, and undergoing a panel interview. All applicants offered a place will subsequently be required to produce a clear enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service, pass the 'fitness to teach' requirements laid down by the Department for Education, and pass the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy, before taking up their place on the course.

How school placements work

Successful School Direct candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE11-18) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Masters. Practical, school-based training will take place at the lead school. The School Direct programme will involve candidates being supported in and engaged with the schools from the beginning of September 2019, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the schools and the university. High quality support will be available at all times from the schools and the university to help candidates on their journey towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners. At the end of the training year, there is an expectation that schools will do all that they can to assist the training teacher with securing a teaching position.


Salary will be .1 on the unqualified teachers scale.

Unqualified pay scale commences from £16,626 per annum plus uplift with effect from 1 September 2018 yet to be confirmed.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Selection criteria are broad and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Candidates must have at least 5 GCSE's at C grade or better, including a C grade in English and Maths, Science for Primary as well. We prefer at least a high second-class UK honours degree (or its equivalent) for all subjects although a 2.2 is acceptable. All applicants are advised that at least 50% of their degree should focus on the relevant subject, but if a candidate wishes to teach in a subject different from their degree, then they must undertake a SKE.

Personal qualities

Applicants need to have a passion for teaching and show a sincere professional interest in working with children. Applicants need to be in good health. Applicants are required to show a commitment to their subject, as well as a desire to train in a school-based environment. They are encouraged to highlight in particular any prior teaching experience in their application.

Contact details

024 7644 4822
Axholme Road


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