About the course
Our PGCE Secondary Education in Computer Science will teach you to engage young minds with the fundamentals of computing and IT, even learning brand new programming languages, so they can shine in creative industries.
We’ll support you in coupling your enthusiasm for computer science with learning about the National Curriculum framework, planning, resourcing and delivering lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities.
You will learn all the skills you need to teach computing effectively, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons through to developing personal skills and confidence. During school placements you will work with experienced teachers, including your mentor who will supervise you training, assessing your progress towards QTS.
The course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in and students will apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the course of their studies and teaching practice.
You will be required to deliver a 20 minute mini-teach to pupils at interview. We are looking at how candidates prepare resources to promote effective learning; how they have decided to engage their pupils; potential development of a strong classroom presence and ability to reflect on their lesson.
All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures.
Candidates attend an interview with a panel of staff who deliver the School Direct Programme. There is also a written task to assess literacy ability, communication skills and basic understanding of teaching young people.
How school placements work
Placements start in the first week of the first term of school. For the first 2 weeks trainees carry out lesson observations. After that time trainees will then start to deliver starters or plenaries and team-teach some groups. Subject mentors then judge when trainees can start planning and delivering lessons. This first placement lasts until the end of the winter term in December. The second placement starts in January and lasts until late June.
We aim to allocate placements that are geographical near to the place of residence of the trainee, however this is not always possible. We also try to ensure that your 2 placements are varied and give you the opportunity to teach sixth form as well as pupils aged 11-16 years old.
As part of the programme, our trainees visit primary schools and sixth forms to ensure that they have an awareness of the different educational phases.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Generous, tax-free training bursaries are available for PGCE students in a range of subjects. This is in addition to the tuition fee and maintenance loans.
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Tuition fee loans
Full time students from the UK can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £9,250 for 2018/19. This is paid directly to the university each year, and is not dependent on your household income.
When applying for your student loan, you will need to contact the relevant student funding authority for the area in which you live. Your loan application is likely to take around 2 months to finalise so it is important to complete your application as soon as possible. We recommend completing your application by the end of May (new students) or June (continuing students) to avoid any delays in receiving your funding.
A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge.
If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered on a one-to-one basis.
GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application. Successful applicants must meet this requirement by 31 July 2018.
Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.
Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.
Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.
A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.
A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course.
Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.
About the training provider
The Lancaster and Fylde Schools’ Alliance is comprised of 4 schools in the Lancaster area, and 4 schools based on the Fylde coast. These schools have been chosen to be part of our alliance as they offer our trainees a comprehensive and supportive environment in which they flourish as teachers. We have committed, enthusiastic and experienced mentors, and an outstanding team of practitioners who have proven success ensuring the best training and experiences for our trainee teachers.
Due to the geographic location of our partner schools, we are able to offer placements within 2 hubs ( north and south of Lancashire). The close proximity of our schools is beneficial to our trainees as travel time is kept to a minimum.
Being a partnership of local schools allows the Lancaster and Fylde Schools’ Alliance to have great relationships with our students and an increased amount of time mentoring our trainees with their progression into teachers of the future. Trainee feedback for our alliance schools makes reference to the support and encouragement given to our trainees during their training.
It is also important to note that our trainees will receive a PGCE teaching qualification, giving them more opportunities when they begin your teaching career. Our trainees complete assignments which are assessed at masters level by their University of Cumbria tutor. The assignments contribute 60credits towards a Masters in Education.
The diverse nature of the FSA schools will benefit all trainees as you will experience working in a wide variety of teaching environments.
About the accredited body
We have a long standing partnership with the University of Cumbria which has been highly successful in providing a quality experience for our School Direct trainees.
Our PGCE Secondary is fully compliant with the Department for Education (DfE) requirements and has additionality in that we can evaluate our training programme to match our trainees' needs. Throughout the year we offer bespoke training that reflects the knowledge gaps of our trainees, if for example, our trainees are lacking in an understanding about English as an Additional language (EAL), we then deliver additional training sessions in this area.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are all different and each have our own unique ways of learning, we offer students an individualised SPLD action plan designed to give you the extra support you need to excel in your studies.
What we can offer:
We aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course.
Support when things go wrong:
Life throws many challenges our way and during a PGCE year they can be difficult to manage. There is however support at hand through Subject Mentors, Professional Mentors, the University Programme Leader and the Students' Union Welfare Officer. It's important to talk about the challenges and not attempt to cope on your own, be open and do not worry about judgments being made, we are here to help you succeed!
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