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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Computer Studies Teaching / Training Information Technology (General) Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools
Delivered in specialist computer laboratories at the newly completed state-of-the-art Innovation Quarter (IQ) in Swansea, you will work to develop your passion for technology with the most modern hardware and IT infrastructure.
The IQ space has benefitted from significant investment from Sony, who are using the facilities to lead its own technology developments in education; you will be learning to teach at the cutting edge of technology.
The blend of the purpose built IQ building, Sony Vison Exchange facility, and being placed in schools that nationally lead in the use of technology will equip you to be educators at the centre of practice.
Innovation and the use of technology has become an essential part of the lives of everyone in the 21st century.
Technology and Computer Science teachers are highly sought after by schools and colleges and demand is much greater than supply, therefore employability and promotional prospects are excellent.
There is no doubt that the role of computing, technology and all things digital have become key pillars in the modern world.
Preparing learners to understand the computational thinking that underpins digital systems, is a significant responsibility. We need to prepare young people to be ethical, informed citizens of the world as well as equipping them with the digital skills needed for the workplace.
You will develop the knowledge and expertise needed to teach the subject discipline, together with developing expertise in the cross-curricular responsibility of digital competence.
Information Technology and Computer Science’s importance as a key competency has never been more significant
The importance of technology to support learners’ own productivity has seen schools place the development of computing and ICT skills at the forefront of students learning. Schools have invested heavily in computing and technology systems to support these highly prioritised skills.
You will be prepared to teach the new Area of Learning and Experience: Science and Technology through to the GCSE and A level exam groups.
The PGCE is a full-time academic and professional programme, broadly comprising university-based provision of approximately 12 weeks, and at least 24 weeks based in school.
The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:
All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject. GCSE qualifications: Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature and GCSE Mathematics. Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh OR Welsh Literature (first language). Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh. A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications: If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced. Work Experience: You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks. Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.