About the course
This PGCE will train you to teach in this exciting and fast moving curriculum area. Future teachers need to equip their pupils with a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of how a computer works. The course provides you with a chance to inspire the next generation of technology leaders, innovators and programmers as you will be trained to teach the concepts of computational thinking as well as practical programming and ICT skills. The course consists of university based sessions (which make up approximately a third of the time) and teaching practice in two of our excellent partner schools. While in school you will be supported by an experienced ICT/computing mentor.
The university sessions are taught in a way that models effective teaching strategies. You will need to consider how to teach the principles of computer science as well as developing your personal skill set which will enable you to challenge and motivate your pupils in this dynamic curriculum area. The university sessions prepare you to become a confident, organised and reflective teacher as you will undertake considerable practical work to increase your knowledge of a range of software tools that are used in schools. You will also consider other aspects such as ethical, environmental and legal issues. You will discuss the place of computer science in the curriculum and continue to develop your own subject knowledge throughout the course and reflect on what it is to be a computational thinker.
During the course you will be supported to develop your programming skills to meet the requirements of the GCSE and A level qualifications. You will learn to plan, prepare and teach engaging lessons in ICT and Computing as you also improve your behaviour management skills in a computer lab setting. The course is structured for you to gain feedback on your own performance as you train for the skills you will use in your professional practice.
A computer science subject knowledge enhancement course is available to anyone who would benefit from updating their computer science knowledge. This will be discussed with you at interview.
Visit our website to find out more: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/pgce-secondary-computer-science.html
You will be trained to teach 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.
You will be assessed on the basis of course work including written assignments, a resource task and an oral presentation of a small research project, as well as on your teaching practice.
The selection process:
Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.
At interview, you will be asked to complete:
- A timed written task
- A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
- A group task
- An interview with two people, usually a university tutor and a mentor from school
For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.
How school placements work
We work very closely with our partner schools, to provide you with high quality teacher training to prepare you for your first teaching job and beyond. Our partner schools provide a range of settings from rural to inner city. Most schools are within a 30 mile radius of the University. You will practise teaching in at least two contrasting schools.
The course is designed with periods in University to give you the opportunity to reflect on your future development. Former trainees have made positive comments on the balance between theory and practice, carefully structured sessions, tutors' commitment to supporting trainees and trainees supporting each other and sharing good practice.
In each school you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible, and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership schools as they take part in the selection process alongside University tutors.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.
You may be given the opportunity to visit a museum related to computer science. Personal travel and entry fees are at your expense.
You may wish to buy your own Raspberry Pi computer or BBC Micro:bit to experiment with at home. This will further develop your skills and interest in physical computing projects. A range of kits are available commercially.
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.
Degree or equivalent:
Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure of the relevance of your degree.
Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
We are looking for trainees who are:
- skilled and inspirational subject specialists
- confident and reflective practitioners
- effective communicators who can work in partnership
- informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
- resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct
School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children. At this point we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.
Professional Skills Tests:
All teacher training applicants need to have passed the Numeracy and Literacy skills tests before the start of the course.
Health and Physical Capacity to Teach:
The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.
All entrants to ITT programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), criminal records checks and children's barred list information.
About the training provider
The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.
You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.
Our PGCE courses offer Master's-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.
Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.
Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.
At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.
Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.
We can provide assistance through:
- Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
- Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
- Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
- Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
- Limited loans of equipment
- Confidential advice and support for students and staff
- Training and awareness raising workshops
- Assistive technology
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