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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Computing) PGCE

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Our Computing PGCE is designed to allow computing professionals and graduates to become inspiring secondary school teachers. The course emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and discussion with colleagues. The course covers topics such as how pupils learn, how assessment can improve learning and teaching, how to plan and deliver outstanding lessons.


Key benefits

  • Our course, judged Outstanding by Ofsted, is taught by one of the strongest team of computing education tutors in the country.
  • You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and development in computing education.
  • King’s is home to Computing at School (CAS) which is at the forefront of developing computing subject knowledge amongst teachers across the Greater London Area. Trainees benefit from collaboration with CAS staff.

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

Department School of Education, Communication & Society

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Description

The PGCE Computing is a full-time course 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 ten 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.

Course purpose

Our course is for computing 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

Teaching

You can typically expect:

  • the equivalent of over 50 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 four days)
  • a number of one to one tutorials totaling five to seven 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.

*This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.

**Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.

Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module)

This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons. 

Seminars/tutorials: 14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback).

Teaching: 200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups).

Self study/assignment work: 216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.

School Data (15 credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 10 contact hours

Self-study/ assignment work: 140 hours

Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 25.5 contact hours

Self-study/assignment work: 274.5 hours of self-study

Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 200 contact hours.

Self-study/assignment work: 100 hours of self-study

Assessment

  • 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 a written assignment of 6,000 words heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.
  • The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Location

Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.

Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided in the offer holder pack and during the course.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye in this course page for updates. 

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:
  • Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)
  • School Data (15 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules offered as a part of this course.

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 computing 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.

Application procedure

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

UCAS-Teacher Training,

Rosehill

New Barn Lane

Cheltenham GL52 3LZ

Tel: +44 (0)1242 544 788

www.ucas.com

 

 

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 check UCAS Teacher Training for programme availability.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,250 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,900 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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.

The National College of Teaching and Leadership provides tax free bursaries for teacher training courses. Bursaries range from £4,000-£30,000 depending on the subject area you are training in and your academic qualifications. For information on rates and eligibility please visit getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview or contact the King’s Admissions Office. King’s will automatically assess your eligibility for a bursary when a place on a PGCE course is offered. King’s will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course.

 

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.

Career prospects

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

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