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Year of Entry 2019/20
PGCE

Secondary Computing with Qualified Teacher Status

On this PGCE, you'll gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of computing with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 for the course
International: £13,500 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
What is the UCAS code? G5X1
When do I start? August 2019

Course summary

  • Learn how to share your enthusiasm for computing to inspire the next generation of students.
  • Qualify for a job with excellent prospects; as computing is a priority subject, you could be eligible for a tax free bursary of up to £25,000.
  • Learn about the ways schools and the education system function.

This course is professional and vocational in nature and has, as its primary aim, the development and supply of competent teachers who will be capable of securing employment in an education setting. Job prospects are excellent with 100% of last year's graduates securing a teaching position.

You can enhance your learning through our Computing SKE course.

How you learn

This course provides a flexible framework to support your academic and professional development through a range of school-based training and university-based sessions. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to critically reflect on your progress, and academic and professional review tutorials will be used to support your development.

You learn through

  • seminars and lectures
  • workshops
  • directed tasks
  • school-based experiences
  • independent study
  • discussions
  • group work
  • practical work
  • written assessments and feedback

Course leaders and tutors

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Phil Spencer
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, PGCE ICT/Computing

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Applied learning

Work placements

School-based training in educational settings is the main method by which you develop your professional skills. You will gain at least 120 days of school-based experience in two different settings.

You will use a range of methods in order to develop your teaching and learning skills within your department. These could include observation, collaborative planning and actual practice in the classroom.

Sheffield Hallam moderates progress against the Teachers standards with school visits. These visits include joint lesson observations and discussions with the school-based mentor and a review of evidence of progress against the Teachers standards.

Live projects

Generic professional aspects of the course, such as behaviour management, use of data and supporting special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) students, will be supported through the professional studies programme. This involves a combination of sessions delivered at Sheffield Hallam and work done in school with members of staff.

There is a requirement to complete two pieces of academic work at masters level. The first focuses on effective teaching in computing and the second allows you to focus on an area you wish to develop in your own practice, drawing on feedback from your first school placement.

You will take responsibility for your own development against the statutory requirements for QTS and will record your progress in a professional development portfolio (PDP). This collaborative process involves you, university-based tutors and school-based mentors. As you complete the course you will review your progress, plan for your entry to the teaching profession and for your ongoing development as a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

Networking opportunities

Many mentors at our partnership schools have strong connections with the University, a number of them having studied here themselves. Many are also active in the local community of computing teachers to which all students on the course are invited, thus boosting opportunities for networking.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • a secondary teaching post
  • academic career as researcher via masters level study and PhD
  • local authority/voluntary sector worker or researcher
  • non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including retail management and the civil service

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • purpose-built computing classrooms

Entry requirements

All students

Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must also

• hold an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of computer science or ICT study.

• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in computer-related or other educational activities.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice Credits: 30
Module: Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy In Secondary Computing Credits: 30
Module: School Based Training 1 Credits: -
Module: School Based Training 2 Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £9,250 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.

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Scholarships and bursaries

If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

There are two routes to achieve a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status, either through the University's provider-led route, or School Direct route.

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