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Computer Science with ICT (PGCE)

UCAS Code: IX99 Duration: 12 months

Overview

The programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of Computer Science, digital literacy and ICT in depth. This part of the course aims to develop subject knowledge and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of Computing across the 11 – 18 age range.  In Computer Science, the course will consider the key concepts of languages, machines and computation, data and representation, communication and coordination, abstraction and design plus the wider context of computing.  In ICT, the focus will be upon the key concepts of communication, manipulating information, critical evaluation and the impact of technology realised through the key processes of finding information, developing ideas, communicating information and evaluating the use of technology.  Vital aspects of digital literacy will include a focus on e-safety.

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers the general, more holistic aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education. 

For more information download the PGCE Computer Science & ICT Leaflet

Bursary information available here 

 

Curriculum

Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of the formal subject based assignments at Masters Level and successful completion of the two teaching placements. This provides a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Credits.

Award of Professional Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of formal subject based assignments at least at Honours level but below Masters level and successful completion of two teaching placements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

 

Experience

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGCE is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in secondary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from early September to late June.

Tutors are particularly dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.

We pride ourselves on supporting students to develop into the ‘Hope Teacher, who takes a full part in professional school life and teaches ‘with moral purpose, the whole child’. (Key Finding, Ofsted Report, Nov. 2012)

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% Computing (interpret this in its broadest sense) OR a 2:2 degree in another subject where candidates are able to demonstrate sufficient competence in the field of Computing, especially if this is supported by appropriate work based experience.  (Candidates who are not able to demonstrate competence to the required standard but can demonstrate an aptitude may be considered for entry subject to successful completion of a subject enhancement course).

GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics. These can be pending but required before enrolment

Relevant mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months (this also can be pending and applicants who have not completed sufficient experience prior to interview will be set this as a condition)

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.

Since the field of knowledge underpinning this course is so diverse, it is inevitable that applicants will have gaps in their own knowledge.  An audit of strengths and weaknesses will be started prior to interview and monitored throughout the course.  Graduates of related disciplines, including Sciences, should not be discouraged from applying although it may be necessary to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course as a condition of acceptance. Applications from those with degrees not in Computer Science with ICT but with appropriate work based experience are also encouraged to apply.

Whilst it is desirable that school experience has been gained before applying, this is not essential but applicants would need to demonstrate some awareness of current school practices and curricula.

If invited for interview, all candidates will undertake a short literacy test. Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.

Applications available through UCAS Teacher Training 

Skills Tests

Professional Skills Tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. If you require special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.  The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the centre.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3911

Email: enquiry@hope.ac.uk 

Alternative contacts below:

Skills Test helpline  - Telephone: 0845 450 8867

Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613 

Email: support@sta.learndirect.com 

 

Overview

The programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of Computer Science, digital literacy and ICT in depth. This part of the course aims to develop subject knowledge and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of Computing across the 11 – 18 age range.  In Computer Science, the course will consider the key concepts of languages, machines and computation, data and representation, communication and coordination, abstraction and design plus the wider context of computing.  In ICT, the focus will be upon the key concepts of communication, manipulating information, critical evaluation and the impact of technology realised through the key processes of finding information, developing ideas, communicating information and evaluating the use of technology.  Vital aspects of digital literacy will include a focus on e-safety.

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers the general, more holistic aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education. 

For more information download the PGCE Computer Science & ICT Leaflet

Bursary information available here 

 

Curriculum

Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of the formal subject based assignments at Masters Level and successful completion of the two teaching placements. This provides a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Credits.

Award of Professional Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of formal subject based assignments at least at Honours level but below Masters level and successful completion of two teaching placements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

 

Experience

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGCE is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in secondary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from early September to late June.

Tutors are particularly dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.

We pride ourselves on supporting students to develop into the ‘Hope Teacher, who takes a full part in professional school life and teaches ‘with moral purpose, the whole child’. (Key Finding, Ofsted Report, Nov. 2012)

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% Computing (interpret this in its broadest sense) OR a 2:2 degree in another subject where candidates are able to demonstrate sufficient competence in the field of Computing, especially if this is supported by appropriate work based experience.  (Candidates who are not able to demonstrate competence to the required standard but can demonstrate an aptitude may be considered for entry subject to successful completion of a subject enhancement course).

GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics. These can be pending but required before enrolment

Relevant mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months (this also can be pending and applicants who have not completed sufficient experience prior to interview will be set this as a condition)

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.

Since the field of knowledge underpinning this course is so diverse, it is inevitable that applicants will have gaps in their own knowledge.  An audit of strengths and weaknesses will be started prior to interview and monitored throughout the course.  Graduates of related disciplines, including Sciences, should not be discouraged from applying although it may be necessary to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course as a condition of acceptance. Applications from those with degrees not in Computer Science with ICT but with appropriate work based experience are also encouraged to apply.

Whilst it is desirable that school experience has been gained before applying, this is not essential but applicants would need to demonstrate some awareness of current school practices and curricula.

If invited for interview, all candidates will undertake a short literacy test. Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.

Applications available through UCAS Teacher Training 

Skills Tests

Professional Skills Tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. If you require special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.  The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the centre.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3911

Email: enquiry@hope.ac.uk 

Alternative contacts below:

Skills Test helpline  - Telephone: 0845 450 8867

Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613 

Email: support@sta.learndirect.com 

 

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Department: School of Teacher Education

Next intake: September 2017

Fees and Funding:  Getintoteaching