Computer Science Secondary Education PGCE will qualify you to teach Computer Science at Secondary level in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.
This one year course blends theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience. You will attend placements in a variety of educational settings, to gain a broad understanding of the realities of Secondary level teaching.
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Placements are an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school-based trainers and University-based tutors.
Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, case studies, and assessments of your teaching practice.
This course is a mixture of University-based learning and in-school training. You will spend at least 120 days on placement in a school or other educational institution.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
You will critically examine a subject in which you are a specialist, relating current practice to educational theory and appropriate literature.
You will study topics that include principles of leadership, responsibilities of leadership in an educational establishment, tackling under-performance and auditing performance.
You will examine educational assessment theory in relation to the current practice in your own educational setting.
The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
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You will need an honours degree (at least a 2:2) in Computing or Computer Science. We will also consider equivalent qualifications.
You should also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:
Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
Have passed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department of Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is helpful if you are able to take the tests before your interview with us, but this is not a requirement of applying for this course.
If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing, and no section below 6.0.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
You could also be eligible for a £28,000 scholarship or £26,000 bursary. See Department of Education’s Get into Teaching website for more information and Terms and Conditions.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained secondary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in secondary schools.
Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.
The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placement. We’ll work with you to find you the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best secondary teacher you can be.