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What makes PGCE Secondary Computer Science / ICT at Worcester so special?

You'll develop your technical skills and understanding so that you are able to share the key concepts of the subject with your pupils, allowing them to ‘think like a computer scientist’.

You will have unique opportunities to be creative using technology and in so doing challenge and motivate your pupils. Inspiring the next generation of technology leaders, innovators and programmers.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Train to teach the concepts of computational thinking
  • Undertake considerable practical work to increase your knowledge of a range of software tools that are used in schools
  • You'll be at the forefront on curriculum innovation in computer science
  • Reflect on theoretical considerations such as ethical, environmental and legal issues
  • Be fully supported through the process with expert tutorial help.

NB Computer Science / ICT is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Stefan - Teacher of Computing

Previous Career: Software Design Engineer

A challenging couple of years started me thinking that there had to be more to life than I was experiencing. The pay in industry was fantastic, I was quite well established and I had managers that looked out for me but something was missing. I'd always loved learning and creating things and had a feeling that I might be able to inspire that in others too, so when the opportunity for redundancy came I took it, volunteered to gain experience and applied to Worcester for teacher training.

It is fair to say that I lacked a lot of confidence at the time, but the folk at Worcester were able to see around that and with their help and that of some excellent placement mentors I graduated as an NQT and went straight into my first post in 2015. Things have gone from strength to strength since then. It is hard work, but you do become a skilled multitasker and it does get easier. Three years on, I am still in the same school, still enjoying it and the thank-you cards and "that's really cool" moments really show that you can make a difference.

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"I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career."

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate

Computing scholarships

If you have a passion for computing and are looking to teach, you could be awarded a £28,000 scholarship - that is £2,000 more than a bursary. Scholarships are awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to support you whilst you train to teach and also offer you a range of benefits to help you in your teaching career.

Visit the Get into Teaching website for more information, including eligibility details.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree normally (2:2) of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in computer science or a related technical subject.
    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
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

 

Other information

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

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Our open days are the perfect way to find out.

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Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster events give you the opportunity to take part in taster sessions, ask questions about the course, explore our facilities and meet a selection of practicing teachers. The upcoming dates are:

  • 12 November 2019, 5pm-7pm
  • 4 February 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 17 March 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 12 May 2020, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email insiders@worc.ac.uk.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Present to peers within and beyond the University. 
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning skills integrated into the subject sessions.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship - Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.
Ian Horne

Ian - Computer Science Teacher

Previous Career: Music College Centre Administrator

Having worked in an IT administration role for many years I found myself bored of doing the same thing day after day. Becoming a teacher has been the best move I have ever made. Every day is different, challenging and rewarding. Finding ways to inspire and shape young people’s future is amazing.

With a job that is a career I would recommend teaching to anyone.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

PGCE Computer Science students working with Raspberry Pi

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
PGCE seminar teaching session

Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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David Hunt

David joined the university in September 2013 to launch the new Computer Science PGCE course. He brings 22 years of experience working in a range of schools, as a teacher and faculty leader for Technology, ICT and Computing. Recent experience also includes teaching on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course and a Google Symposium for ICT teachers.

David is keen to be involved in new initiatives in this fast paced subject area and involves his trainee teachers in cutting edge opportunities.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Julie Hodson

Julie - Teacher and Coordinator of IT (Sixth Form)

Previous Career: Business owner - professional lawn care service company (franchise)

When I sold my business and went to university, it was because I wanted to retrain for a job in the computing industry. The help and support I received from my lecturers enabled me to attain the high grades I was not sure I could achieve. Around the same time, I found myself in grateful admiration of the dedication of one my children’s high school teachers. This inspired me to pursue a change of direction and apply for teacher training. 

Being a teacher is hard work. Every day is a challenge and every day has its rewards. However, if you enjoy problem solving and want to make a difference to people’s futures, I highly recommend it as a career move. It is a fantastic opportunity to help young people to take pride in their work and have the confidence in their abilities to go on to further their education and chosen career paths.

I work in a supportive establishment where everyone works for a common goal; the good of the student. I facilitate learning and, in turn, I am encouraged to continue my own professional development. I look forward to going into to work every morning because I get to spend time with so many different people and I learn something new every day. Becoming a teacher is not so much a job as a way of life and I love it.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £13,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

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 and 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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?

Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.

Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food), French, geography

Find out about the bursary.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

IX99

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

David Hunt

Personal Academic Tutor