About the course
With a new focus on the subject in schools and a resurgent interest in computer technology like the Raspberry Pi and Codebug, it is an ideal time to train as a teacher of computing.
This PGCE will equip you with the range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of the subject. You will learn to teach all aspects of computing, including computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge.
You will have the opportunity to interact with the latest specialist computer science and computing software and tools in schools in order to both increase trainees’ knowledge of computer science, digital literacy and information technology, and support and enhance other aspects of teaching and learning in secondary schools.
If you are a graduate with a degree in computer science, information technology or a related subject (or if you work in an IT environment) and you are passionate about developing the technical creativity and computing skills of secondary school pupils, this PGCE in Computer Science and Information Technology is for you.
The interview will include:
A formal interview with members of the ITT team.
A pre – set task to be delivered in a short teaching episode to an appropriate group of students.
A Literacy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.
All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us through the contacts page
How school placements work
On the secondary programme you will spend 2 terms in your home school and 1 term in your second school with opportunities for further training at our partner schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.
For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages
Most successful applicants have a 2.1 degree or above in Computer Science or related degree.
Applicants who apply with a 2.2 can be considered if they have been awarded a Masters or PhD Degree.
In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, passes in both professional skills tests, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.
Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
About the training provider
Choosing Schools Direct through the North Devon Teaching School Alliance is the entry point to North Devon's best Primary and Secondary Schools. We offer a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from day one.
School Direct trainees benefit from a full 40-week schedule. Complementing their time learning the job in school trainees receive HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school Key Stage experience. For secondary, subject specialism days have been developed across our schools to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences. Trainee teachers who successfully complete all modules are awarded a P.G.C.E. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.
Our combination of expert school based practitioners and University partners brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.
About the accredited body
We work with the University of Exeter who offer our secondary phase School Direct PGCE provision :
Trainees are based entirely in schools for the academic year. They are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. The Masters modules are delivered by distance learning, through two online 30-credit modules, plus other online tools.
We can offer the following subjects:
Design & Technology
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will assess individual needs on a one to one basis to enable them fair access to our programmes.
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy.
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
North Devon Teaching School Alliance
Woolacombe School, Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon EX34 7BT
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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