About the course
Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.
The PGCE Computing at King's trains Computing professionals and graduates to become effective teachers of Computing in secondary schools. The PGCE Computing programme examines in detail the specifications and expectations for Computing in UK secondary schools including GCSE and A-Level courses.
Learning to be a teacher of Computing involves:
-learning about teaching the Computing knowledge, skills and processes as laid down in the National Curriculum and examination specifications for Computing, Computer Science and Information Technology.
-learning how to incorporate computational thinking into other subject areas in schools.
A distinctive feature of the King's Computing programme is the emphasis on learning through critical reflection and discussion with colleagues. In the same way that you will encouraged to make your students think when they are analysing computing-based issues and problems, so staff at King's are keen for you to apply your developing understanding of teaching to help you think about your own practice.
At King’s we are at the forefront of research into computing education in schools, and this research impacts on the teaching in the programme. We also co-run the Computing At School (CAS) Regional Centre for London, running many professional development and networking events for teachers of Computing. Our PGCE students can get involved in all these activities.
In addition to meeting the shortlisting requirements, you must demonstrate the following if you are to be offered a place:
-conceptual understanding of some school Computing
-Computing knowledge of an appropriate level
-ability to think and reason clearly
-clarity and accuracy of written and spoken communication
-successful experience with children or clear potential for this
-ability to interact with pupils and colleagues
-strong motivation to teach
-ability to recognise own shortcomings
-flexibility of mind and potential necessary to improve
-ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level
If you are shortlisted you will be invited to a group interview. This process will take half a day and is designed to:
-enable you to demonstrate your potential for teaching Computing
-help you to decide whether Computing teaching is the right career for you.
During the interview process you will demonstrate your potential for teaching Computing through:
-subject knowledge test (including questions on algorithms and programming)
-oral answers during individual interview
-a brief introduction to a lesson which you prepare at the interview and present to the rest of the interview group.
How school placements work
You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.
We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including the full secondary age (11-18) and ability range.
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.
A degree with a minimum 2.2 that meets at least one of the following criteria:
-a degree in Computing, Computer Science or IT
-a degree that includes significant elements of Computing, Computer Science or IT
-a degree and additional courses that, considered together, are equivalent to Computing/IT degree-level courses.
-a degree and significant work-based experience and training in Computing/IT at degree-level.
-a higher degree containing a range of Computing or IT.
All applicants must possess a grade C/ grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
Personal qualities we look for include:
-Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for mathematics
-Commitment to working with young people
-Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet
-Evidence of good interpersonal skills
-Awareness of current educational issues
All applicants for teacher training programmes must pass the Department for Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests prior to commencing their teacher training course.
The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.
About the training provider
Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.
Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded 'Outstanding'.
Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.
Student satisfaction: Trainees value the effectiveness of their training in preparing them for their teaching career. 92% of graduates rated the quality of our training as very good or good in the 2018 student survey.
Employment prospects: 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.
We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King's provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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