Manchester Metropolitan University

PGCE

Secondary Computing with ICT with QTS

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities at the £139 million Brooks Building in Manchester
  • Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement course available (subject to DfE funding and eligibility)
  • Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status
  • Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas
  • Course includes 60 Masters Level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
  • Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching
  • Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute

Placement options

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas.  These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school.  Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.

 

About the course

You will work with tutors and fellow trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing with ICT in the 11-19 context. 

The course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management.  You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and tutor groups to explore general issues in secondary teaching.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There is a particular focus on the transition from ICT to computing as a curriculum subject and the implications for pupils, teachers and schools.

There will be a focus on:

  • Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
  • Working in multi-professional teams
  • Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • Managing students' behaviour
  • Planning and evaluating students' learning
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Core Units
Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase

This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.

Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase

The Enrichment Unit requires you to demonstrate evidence that you have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include: 

  • Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs. 
  • A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified.
Professional Practice

This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements. 

Subject Pedagogy (Computing with ICT)

This course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management. You will work with tutors and fellow trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing with ICT in the 11-19 context.

This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your ability to reconceptualise your knowledge and understanding in Computing with ICT and to apply this to your planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner. You will work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and tutor groups to explore general issues in secondary teaching.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

There are two elements of assessment:

Teaching, incorporating School Experience Files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences. This element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

  • Written assignments; this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation.

In addition there are several course completion requirements:

  • The Record of Professional Development - a portfolio of evidence of your personal and professional development.
  • Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.

On successful completion you will achieve the standards for the University award of PGCE.

Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, helping you to enter your first appointment with confidence.

Additional Information About this Course

Fitness to teach - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies. Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/staff/

Typical entry requirements

Degree
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. The PGCE Computer Science normally requires at least a 2:2 classification, likely to be in a degree with at least half the content in Computing/Computer Science. Alternatively, candidates with a degree which does not meet this requirement, but who can demonstrate considerable subject knowledge gained through industrial, commercial or school-based experience or a SKE course in Computing/Computer Science may also be considered. For exceptional candidates, we will consider 3rd class degrees but only if they have substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupation. 

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.  We would expect you to have completed at least 2-weeks experience in a UK Secondary school in the relevant subject department.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course

We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements.

Who is this for?

  • - Graduates with non-computing degrees who fall short of the current entry criteria for subject knowledge at PGCE.
  • - Career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack the subject knowledge.
  • - Those in the Computing with ICT or associated industries who are thinking about teaching.

 

Find out more by downloading the Computing SKE Course leaflet.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

UCAS Code: IX99

Applications for University led and School Direct PGCE routes should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training, www.ucas.com for 2017 entry.

Career options after the course

Computing is a newly established subject in the secondary school curriculum.  It offers qualified teachers the exciting opportunity to shape the future of how this important subject is taught.  Such teachers are in great demand as Computing is a shortage subject and employment prospects are correspondingly high.

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding reputation and employment record for our PGCE Secondary Programme.

98.6% of our PGCE Secondary Leavers* were in work and or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2014/15. 

The PGCE Computing with ICT includes 60-M level credits (one third of a full Masters) which can be used for progression to further academic study or professional development within this Faculty.  We offer a wide range of MA courses, most available part-time.  Applications for PhD and MPhil are accepted by the Education and Social Reseach Institute who also offer an innovative Education Doctorate (EdD).

*Of those who responded to the DLHE survey and were available for work

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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