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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Computer Science) PGCE

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Our Computer Science PGCE study programme is designed to allow computing professionals and graduates to become inspiring secondary school teachers of computing (previously known as ICT and now including a current computer science). The course emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and discussion with colleagues. 

The course is research-led and covers topics such as how pupils learn, how assessment can improve learning and teaching, how to plan lessons, and how to make appropriate use of computers and the Internet to teach effectively.

Our programme combines the theory and practice of education which is why students spend 60 days at King's and 120 days in schools. The course is research-led and you will develop your knowledge of how pupils learn; how assessment can improve learning and teaching; how to plan lessons, and how to make appropriate use of computers and the Internet to teach effectively. Our programme emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory and practice and discussion with colleagues.


  • Our programme, judged Outstanding by Ofsted, is taught by one of the strongest team of computer science education tutors in the country.

  • You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and development in computer science education.

  • Our curriculum is challenging, and you are encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.

  • You will be expected to collaborate with others, discussing issues and solving problems about teaching.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 37 weeks FT, from September to end June

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120 / ECTS 60 credits

Programme accreditations Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the accreditation which enables individuals to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales, recognising the attainment of a formal set of skills and qualities candidates require to be effective teachers

Course intake 30 (split with IT and Computer Science)

Course leaders Dr Sue Sentance

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentSchool of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Computer Science) PGCE is a full-time study programme that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and the South East. You will complete the course within nine months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions, and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings, and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, and subject pedagogy.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. Designed around the Teachers’ Standards means, the course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In conjunction with The Queen Mary University of London, we have designed a 12-unit Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programme for Computer Science funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Eligibility for SKE (for which you may also obtain a bursary) is dependent on an offer of a place on one of the King's College London PGCE Programmes: either computer science or information technology and computer science.

The programme runs between April and September. Please note this course is not intended for graduates in non-IT disciplines who wish to retrain in computer science. In those circumstances we recommend a conversion MSc study programme.

Course purpose

Our programme is for computing/ICT specialists wishing to train to be teachers of pupils aged 11-18 in computing to GCSE level and computer science to A-level. It will lead to the Department for Education's (HM Government) Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.

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Course format and assessment


You can expect the following:

  • The equivalent of 56 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and or afternoon spread throughout the academic year)

  • Approximately 120 days of teaching placement. This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically between five and nine days in length).

  • Seven personal tutorial sessions across the year.

  • Two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress.

  • Regular meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement.

  • Written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.


  • The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school. 

  • The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by an 8,000-word written assignment.

  • The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment.


Year 1

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)

  • Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)

  • Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)

  • School Data (15 credits)

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2nd class honours or higher degree (e.g. master's) (or international equivalent) required in computer science, computing, information technology or information systems. Related degrees that include a high computer science component may also be considered.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.Applicants must have experience enabling them to teach computer science theory and practice to GCSE level and information technology to A-level. Enhancement courses: If your degree is in information technology but your knowledge of computer science is limited you may be asked to complete a one to six-month subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. You have to secure a place on a PGCE course before you can start SKE, and SKE typically starts in May or July, so you are advised to apply early for the PGCE. For further guidance, see our detailed FAQs. 

  • GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test set by King's, before the course starts.

For further guidance see our  FAQs for Computer Science, ICT and IT

Application procedure

Applications are made through the central national system for applying for teacher training courses.

UCAS-Teacher Training,


New Barn Lane

Cheltenham GL52 3LZ

Tel: +44 (0)1242 544 788



Personal statement and supporting information

When you apply you will be asked to give us details of your educational background and to provide a personal statement. We will be looking for evidence that your specialist subject knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up-to-date. You need to show that you are taking the application seriously and that you have visited or plan to visit secondary schools – and not just your old school. Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,000 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £17,280 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Travel costs in getting to and from placement schools
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

*BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has teacher training scholarships worth £25,000 available to computer science trainees per year. The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.

BCS is looking for outstanding individuals who are passionate about computer science and have the potential to become inspirational teachers. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of school-level computer science. Scholars will have access to BCS membership and early career mentoring opportunities with schools, universities and major employers. To view the full eligibility criteria and to apply please visit:


Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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