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Secondary PGCE with QTS: Computer Science, PGCert

Secondary PGCE with QTS: Computer Science, PGCert

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Computer Science

Course type


Course Summary


Welcome to the Swansea University Schools’ Partnership (SUSP/PYPA), an innovative collaboration of school and university-based staff working together to ensure that ‘Tomorrow’s Teachers’ have the skills and experience to make a difference to pupils in Wales.

Well-qualified Computer Science teachers are in high demand across the UK. SUSP has developed an innovative Secondary Computer Science PGCE programme that is designed to provide new entrants to the teaching profession with confidence in their subject knowledge and in their understanding of how to teach it. This programme will prepare you to make a positive contribution to the learning communities you will be joining. SUSP’s Secondary Computer Science PGCE programme is underpinned by regional, national and international research. You will learn how to make Computer Science meaningful, interesting and fun and also how to analyse your own and your pupils’ development.

SUSP’s integrated and rigorous PGCE programme will challenge you academically and professionally. The PGCE Computer Science programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of Computer Science and its position in the school curriculum. You will be encouraged to research and test your own approaches to Computer Science pedagogy to find those techniques that work best for you and for the pupils you teach. SUSP is committed to developing research-informed reflective practitioners who can demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their teaching so that learners develop their subject competence in an environment that cultivates enjoyment.


Successful completion of the SUSP PGCE will lead to recommendation to the Education Workforce Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in schools.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.


This module is designed to enable student teachers to work towards the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership at QTS level by developing the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and attitudes identified in statutory requirements and non-statutory guidance. It will enable students to develop full understanding of the complexities of the role of the teacher as a professional from a regional, national and international perspective. They will understand the role of assessment in teaching and learning. It will explore key aspects of professional practice and develop the practical and reflective skills necessary to meet the needs of all pupils regardless of their cultural, linguistic, religious or socio-economic background and whether or not they have additional learning or other special needs thus ensuring equity of experience for all pupils. The students will learn about the Welsh Government's newly developed ALN Transformation Programme, which aims to transform expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning needs. This module, EDPM02, incorporates Practice and Theory (PAT) and Research days. The PAT days combine pedagogic theory and practice, whilst the research days provide student teachers with the research literacy required to select, assess and apply research knowledge within their teaching. The school-based but jointly delivered PAT and research days will enable student teachers to link the research to issues to the reality of curriculum design and classroom practice. SUSE staff will lead on the theory and school staff will lead on the discussion and observation of the practical application of the theory. Within PAT, student teachers will develop an understanding of the complex influences of personal, social and cultural factors on teachers and learners.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme: An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content; Grade B GCSE in English/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh); Grade B GCSE in Maths. The GCSE Grade B in English/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government. However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test.