About the course
The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.
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 our Computer Science PGCE 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. Helping them to identify and talk about scenarios with teachers and peers leads to success not only in Computer Science, but in other areas of the curriculum and life in general.
You will learn how to develop the computational thinking skills of your learners, developing connections between your knowledge and passion for computing and the importance of trial and error, reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will help learners 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 National Curriculum and examinations at both GCSE and GCSE level. Opportunities to study and reflect with other trainees ensure you are part of an invaluable network of peer support.
The Sussex course brings together 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 currency to teaching and trainee support.
You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.
Our full-time candidates 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. Part-time candidates also attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.
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
Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a selection day either on the University campus or in one of our partnership schools.
At a Sussex selection day candidates would usually expect to;
- Listen to a talk giving further information about the course with an opportunity to ask questions
- Have an individual interview with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partner school
- Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task or presentation
- Present your degree, GCSE Maths and English certificates (and Science for Primary and KS2/3) and Photo ID for checking
- Complete some paperwork including our Suitability for Teaching Declaration
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.
How school placements work
Our Full-time Course
You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Key Stage 3 (11-14) and Key Stage 4 (14-16) with enhancement opportunities at 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 Part-time Course
Year One: 2 days* a week in school and Fridays at the University
Year Two 3 days* a week in a second contrasting school and occasional University days. Towards the end of your course you will undertake a full-time 5 week teaching block.
- Days of the week individually negociated to suit both school and trainee.
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.
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.
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.
An undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in Computer Science. For computing-related degrees, candidates need to demonstrate that they have excellent subject knowledge to degree standard.
English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above (pre-2017), Grade 5 or above (post-2017), or equivalent qualifications.
At Sussex we are looking for;
- A passion for computing and an interest and involvement with the subject beyond your degree
- Knowledge and understanding of computing and an awareness of how the subject is taught in UK secondary schools.
- Effective communication skills and good organisational skills
- Awareness of current educational developments and issues
- Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals
- The ability to evaluate practice and to address your weaknesses
- Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
- A sense of responsibility
- The ability to work in a team.
We also require the following
- Working with children: 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 through its disclosure
service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an initial teacher-training programme.
- Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University's Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.
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