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Initial Teacher Training - Computer Science: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Initial Teacher Training - Computer Science: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

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1 year

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Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Computer Studies Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

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Course Summary

This PGDE prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Computing, enabling you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures to explore the context of pupil attainment in Computing. Explore how teaching and learning in computing “… equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world” (National Curriculum 2014 purpose of study).

During your training you will focus on signature pedagogies for computing emphasising the practical application of theory and developing your understanding of computational thinking, coding and other relevant software. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Computing in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject and how children. You will also develop a rigorous understanding of the nature of Computing education and the important role Computer Science plays in modern society. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how learning in the subject.

The aims of the National Curriculum for Computing require that children:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

In addition to sessions developing your understanding of teaching and learning in Computing, subject knowledge workshops will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject; and are supported by your subject knowledge development and didactics journal.

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Entry requirements

You will usually have a minimum 2:2 (or recognised equivalent) in a Computer Science-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable); to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways - time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience.

University information

Founded in 1823, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is ranked in the top 600 higher education institutions in the world and attracts staff and students from over 100 countries. A host of taught courses and research opportunities are available across LJMU’s five faculties: Arts, Professional and Social Studies Business and Law Engineering and Technology Health Science The International Study Centre gives international...more