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PGCE Secondary Computing (QTS)

PGCE Secondary with QTS, Postgraduate, September 2021

Key Details

  • IX99 Course Code
  • 1 Years


Why study the PGCE Computing course?

This course will provide you with the relevant skills to teach Computing across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement and, in the longer term, progress your career by giving you the subject knowledge to become a subject coordinator, head of department or ICT co-ordinator. Computer Science is included as a science subject in the EBacc performance measure which will create a huge demand for computing teachers so you can expect to have excellent employment prospects on completion.

For those applicants that have a good grasp of ICT but need to enhance their subject knowledge of Computing to give flexibility at secondary level, Newman offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable.  It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.


Course Content

You will study a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of planning, classroom management and delivery of secondary computing lessons. The focus will be upon the teaching and development of the computing curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.

You can also expect to engage with several key topics which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including:

• Programming

• Computational Thinking

• Capture and Manipulation of Data

• Appropriate Presentation of Information

• Engaging students with emerging technologies

• Creativity and Innovation

• Ethical Issues in ICT

• Digital Literacy

The programme consists of 40 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. You will also benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands.

School Based Learning

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements in at least two secondary schools. After completing the course you will have acquired high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. You can expect to be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide trainee teachers with support and guidance. Partnership Tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support.

A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests through individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of computer science education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

Please note that school placements can be an hour’s journey and/or 40 miles from a student’s term time address.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

A combination of lectures and tutorials are used alongside support from individual tutors, in well-resourced IT rooms. Assessment is primarily through individual and group coursework.

Special Features

• You will have with the opportunity to engage in a range of visits, conferences and experiences. These may include the annual Computing at School conference, local Computing at School hubs and Digital Days

• You will be introduced to a range of exciting and innovative strategies through which existing and emerging technologies are being used in school to enhance the quality of teaching and learning of Computing

• As a graduate you will be highly sought by head teachers, You may also be eligible for either a £26,000 bursary or a £28,000 scholarship (see postgraduate bursary page for more information)

• Understanding education theory is an important part of the course which gives you an understanding of the issues you encounter in the classroom, and provides a basis for excellent classroom practice

GCSE Equivalency Tests

English and Maths

ITE Applicants who do not have the required GCSE qualifications can sit an equivalency test in the subject required.

Due to the cancellation of GCSE examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic the University will be offering applicants the opportunity to sit an equivalency test in the appropriate subjects.

Applicants need to pay an admin fee of £25.00, the fee remains the same whether an applicant applies for one or two subject areas.  Therefore if you have already paid the £25.00 fee for one subject, you can over-write the price to “£0.00” for other subject to avoid paying the fee again.

The applicant will need to select a chosen date from the list provided below.

29th June 6:00pm – 8:00pm,
9th September 6:00pm – 8:00pm,
14th September 6:00pm – 8:00pm

1st July 6:00pm – 8:00pm ,
4th September 9:30am – 11:30am,
15th September 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Contact for further details and how to register


Newman Initial Teacher Training graduates have a high employment rate; and are well respected in the region and beyond. Most students take up a position in teaching, although some pursue other careers using the range of transferable skills gained during study.

On completing the course and reaching the required teaching standards; upon graduation you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status with the Department for Education, who confer QTS, and ready to start  your first teaching job right away.

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Entry Requirements

A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) of which 50% content must be related to the named subject; and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment. See Overview section for additional GCSE Equivalency test information.

School experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, having experience in a school will support your preparation for training as a teacher.

At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have with school aged children and your understanding of teaching within your chosen age range. The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview.

You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and meet the requirements for fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course and be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of your PGCE. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

For further information about the Interview Process see our PGCE Secondary ITE Interview page.

For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement
If your degree does not include enough Computing, or if you just need a refresher course, the Department for Education sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses. Newman’s SKE course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire enough Computing to teach it to at least Key Stage 4 in a secondary school and could improve your chances of employment. Visit the Subject Knowledge Enhancement page further information.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. when first accessing the direct application portal you will need to enter ‘New User’ account details.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Fees for academic year:
Full-time UK students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme. Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs that you will incur.


Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses




  1. This module enables students to develop their understanding of how to manage the learning and teaching environment in school. Three strands of teacher practice are explored: How children and adolescents learn; effective approaches to behaviour management for learning in school and assessment of learning in school. This learning will be facilitated through taught sessions that introduce theoretical perspectives and research evidence on these three aspects of practice and develop reflection on the implications of evidence for developing practice. School placement will provide opportunities to develop personal practice that implements the implications of an evidence base and reflect on the relationship between theory and practice.
  2. This module engages students with problematic areas of teaching and learning in Computing and in particular Computer Science in secondary school. Pedagogic approaches that facilitate learning in school of these problematic areas of the subject curriculum are explored through practical engagement with subject specific pedagogic knowledge in seminar sessions. Students develop an area of expertise in computer science pedagogy that encourages future leadership, initially leadership of classroom learning in their subject and then potential subject leadership within school. The development of this expert knowledge provides opportunity to show creative problem solving informed by research evidence in an area of practice.
  3. This module allows trainee teachers to develop, practice and begin their professional competences as a secondary school teacher, through work in schools/ classrooms/ settings over a nine week placement. It is organised so that in successive modules the trainees will take increasing responsibility for teaching pupils and fulfilling the duties expected of a teacher. During the placement they will have the opportunity, supported by School based mentors, Class teachers and subject leaders to develop the qualities and skills necessary to manage pupils, monitor their learning and reflect upon and evaluate their knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements. They will demonstrate expertise in the pastoral and professional duties of a teacher and begin to acquire and develop skills in monitoring pupil’s progress.
  4. This module allows trainee teachers to develop, practice and demonstrate their professional competences as a secondary school teacher through work in schools and classrooms over an 11 week experience. This module is organised so that the trainees will be responsible for teaching pupils and fulfilling the duties expected of a teacher. During the placement they will have the opportunity, supported by School Based Mentors, Class teachers and subject leaders to demonstrate the qualities and skills necessary to manage pupils monitor their learning and reflect upon and evaluate their knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements. They will demonstrate expertise in the pastoral and professional duties of a teacher and continue to acquire and develop skills in monitoring pupil’s progress.
  5. This module allows trainee teachers opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression before and after the age range for which they are training to teach. They will have the opportunity to observe practice in a primary school over a one week placement. During the primary school placement they will have the opportunity to observe and discuss teaching at key stage 2 with class teachers and subject leaders to develop their understanding of transition to key stage 3. A further two week placement will allow trainees to either develop an understanding of teaching in the 16-19 age range where previous placements have not enabled this or to develop a deeper understanding of a specific element of school provision.
  6. This module enables students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to demonstrate that they meet the teachers’ standards for the award of QTS. Delivery of this non-credit bearing module is designed to support teaching placements where the skills and knowledge are both developed and demonstrated. The intended outcomes of this module are successful in demonstrating that they meet the teachers’ standards. Evidence of meeting the outcomes of this module will be demonstrated through an e-portfolio that contains a professional journal and professional development record and evidence of how the teachers’ standards have been met.