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PGDESecondary Education: Computing Science

Why this course?

Computing is one of the fastest developing subject areas in secondary education. Computing skills are quickly becoming integral to success in the modern world where technology is developing at a rapid rate. The course offers a wide spread of university and school based learning experiences to ensure students are well equipped to enter the teaching profession. 

Teaching computing is becoming as important as English and Mathematics as it's fundamental to modern life. There's an amazing satisfaction in empowering the next generation to cope in a digital environment.

 

Worldwide qualification 

This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach secondary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by:

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government

What you'll learn

This course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you require.

While on campus you'll attend two general teaching classes:

  • Educational Perspectives & Policies
  • Principles, Policies & Practice

Educational Perspectives and Policies will develop your understanding of educational issues in a broader intellectual context while Principles and Policy in Practice is the companion module to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory. Tutorials for both classes provide the opportunity to work with students from different subjects and from within the primary sector.

Subject specific classes are known as Creative Contexts for Learning (CCL). Here, you’ll learn about pedagogical approaches specific to computing with a highly experienced tutor.

The course also has links with several leading professionals in the world of computing teaching, who deliver school-related aspects for the course. This time is used to familiarise you with the curriculum, allow you to collaborate with students and begin to plan lessons, develop materials, teach mini-lessons and to learn innovative and motivating ways to deliver the curriculum effectively.

In subject specific classes, students will learn to understand and develop the skill of teaching computational thinking in the classroom as well as developing the skills to teach pupils about various aspects of computing including:

  • web design
  • game design
  • programming
  • app design
  • animation
  • web security
  • databases

You'll also complete a Professional Specialism (PS) module which can be self-directed or comprised of on-campus classes which aims to allow you to develop your knowledge in an educational area of particular interest. 

Placement

You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.

You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school. 

Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.

You must keep a portfolio of progress while on placement. This placement file will form part of the evidence of your meeting the Standards for Provisional registration and prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.

Guaranteed employment for Scottish & EU students

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate. This is part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.

Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration. Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.

Work anywhere in Scotland

As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £8,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.

Course content

As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments at Masters level. If you do this, you’ll be almost halfway towards a Masters in Education qualification. If you go on to do the Masters in Education, all you’ll have to do is complete two masters level classes, a research class, and a dissertation. You can do this on campus or by distance learning.

Compulsory classes

Placement Learning

This class is taught both on campus and in schools. It'll help you become an effective teacher through learning about pedagogical theory, observing experienced teachers and applying your knowledge through teaching experience during the course.

Creative Contexts for Learning

This class will support you as you develop your approaches to curriculum, planning, learning, teaching and assessment, and includes cross-curricular approaches. 

Educational Perspectives & Policies

This class develops your understanding of key educational issues in a broader intellectual context. It 's taught in a cross- sector way, so that primary and secondary students can share opinions and learn from each other. 

Principles & Policy in Practice

This is the companion class to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory. 

Professional Specialisation

This class gives you the opportunity to gain experience and further study in something you're particularly interested in. You can attend classes on campus, or undertake alternative methods of learning/development based on your area of interest. 

 

It gives you the opportunity to gain experience

Optional classes

Creative Contexts for Learning in a second Secondary subject
Professional Learning Record

You must keep a personal portfolio of progress throughout the course. This prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career. This isn't a credit-rated class but it's crucial to your development on the course.

Masters Credits

You have the opportunity to achieve up to 80 credits at Masters level which can be used towards further study following the course. This is fully supported by additional input during the programme. 

Learning & teaching

The course encourages an active and participative style of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.

Full-time course

The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.

Part-time course

Detailed information on the week-by-week timetable for each year will be provided at the first meeting of part-time students.

Assessment

To be awarded the PGDE you must pass all course modules.

Course work

Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports.

Although these are not assessed formally they're essential learning experiences and are course requirements.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for PGDE courses are set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All applicants must meet these minimum entry requirements before the course starts. There is no upper of lower age limit for a place on the teacher education programme.

The minimum entry requirements to qualify to teach computer science are as follows:

  • a second class degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom
  • the degree should normally contain at least 80 SOCTCAT credit points in computing
  • 40 should come from at least two of the following subjects: 
    • computer systems
    • software development
    • databases
    • information systems
  • the other 40 are required in any computing area relevant to the computing curriculum in Scotland
  • a national qualification in English at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) or alternative
  • a national qualification in maths at SCQF Level 5 (National 5) or alternative

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please  before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

Fees

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU
  • £1,820
Rest of UK
  • £9,250
International
  • £14,050

Funding

Scottish & EU students

Scottish and EU students can apply to have the cost of their tuition fees paid for by the Scottish Government. Applications should be made online through the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) website, the PGDE course falls under undergraduate study.

If you've already had funding for a postgraduate course from SAAS you'll only receive funding if you're applying for one of the following shortage subjects:

Full-time students who usually live in Scotland may also be eligible to apply to SAAS for a loan, bursary and living-cost grants. Living-cost grants include the Lone Parents’ Grants and the Disabled Students’ Allowance. The exact amount you can get depends on your household income.

Check the SAAS website for more details.

STEM teacher education bursary

Bursaries will be available to career changers wishing to undertake a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.

Applicants will be expected to be in current employment and to have been in employment for at least three of the last five years (including career breaks), at the point of application for the bursary.

Applicants will be expected to have a relevant degree at 2.1 or above with the required academic content to teach maths, computing science, technical education or physics.

Applications are now open and should be made via the STEM Bursary Scotland website.

Applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences: Postgraduate rest of UK Scholarship

We're offering students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland the opportunity of a £2,000 scholarship award towards the cost of tuition fees. This is applicable to the full-time taught programme beginning in September 2017 or January 2018.

International students

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) International Scholarship

The University of Strathclyde is delighted to offer international applicants the opportunity to receive a partial scholarship of between £2,000 and £3,000 towards the tuition fees for the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) for our Primary and Secondary programmes.

Scholarship search

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

A degree in education will equip you for a range of careers working with children and young people.

Most of our PGDE graduates go on to work as teachers in secondary schools across the country.  

Secondary School Teachers in Scotland use the Curriculum for Excellence framework. They work with their class to develop skills and abilities, and encourage the pupils to expand their knowledge and understanding further.

Typical jobs

Jobs related to this degree include:

  • Secondary Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher

Working hours

During term time, you'll officially work a 35 hour week but you may have to work more. You'll be in school before the school day starts and stay after the pupils leave. Most teachers take their marking and preparations home to do in the evening.

You'll also participate in parents evening, after school clubs and activities and school trips.

Holidays

A teacher's total working year is 195 days including five days for in-service training. Every year you'll get 40 days holiday at full pay*.

*Source: Teach in Scotland

Other jobs

There are also many options for those who decide not to go into the classroom. Some alternative job roles are:

  • Charity Adviser
  • Youth Worker
  • Museum Educator
  • Education Liason roles
  • Private Tutor

Skills you'll need

  • excellent communication
  • a good imagination and creativity
  • organisational and time-management skills
  • patience
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • enthusiasm, energy and excitement for what you do

Salary

As a secondary school teacher in Scotland, salaries range from £21,867 to £34,887.*

*information intended only as a guide. Source: The Educational Institute of Scotland. 

Contact us

Apply

Full-time application

Scotland/EU/Rest of UK students

Apply via UCAS

Applications from Scottish, EU and rest of UK students must be made through the UCAS Undergraduate website.

Once you've submitted your application you'll need to send us the following documents so that we can process your application:

  • your degree certificate
  • your academic degree transcript listing all the modules you have completed
  • evidence of a national qualification in English at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) or alternative
  • evidence of a national qualification in Maths at SCQF Level 5 (National 5) or alternative

Please email these documents to hass-pgde-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

Interview selection

We select those candidates who best meet the following criteria:

Does the candidate have:

  • evidence that they are suitably qualified?
  • evidence of a suitable breadth of knowledge in their degree to cover the Secondary Curriculum?
  • sufficient interest in teaching?
  • experience of working with young people?
  • evidence of good written communication skills?
  • a good statement by their referee?
Interview process

If selected you’ll be asked to an interview with a number of other candidates who have applied for places either in your own subject or that are taught in the same division as your chosen subject.

A typical morning interview schedule is shown below:

TimeEvent
9.15 - 9.30 Introduction to course
9.30 - 10.00 Presentation Groups
10.00 - 10.35 Coffee break
10.45 - 12.45 Individual interviews with subject panel (about 15 mins each)
Interview result

After the interview a panel will collate the grades from your presentation and the individual interview.

They will then make a decision as to your suitability for the course.

The possible results of the interview are:

    • Unconditional offer
    • Conditional offer (you still need to satisfy the entry qualifications in some way)
    • A rejection of your application

The subject coordinator will send the results to Registry who will in turn communicate the results to the UCAS.

UCAS will then communicate the result to you.

Should you wish feedback on the selection process please contact the appropriate subject coordinator.

International students

Once you've submitted your application you'll need to send us the following documents so that we can process your application:

  • your degree certificate
  • your academic degree transcript listing all the modules you have completed
  • evidence of a national qualification in English at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) or alternative
  • evidence of a national qualification in Maths at SCQF Level 5 (National 5) or alternative

Please email these documents to hass-pgde-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

Secondary Education

Qualification: PGDE, Start date: Aug 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Secondary Education

Qualification: PGDE, Start date: Aug 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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