About the course

This Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching Computing to the 11-16 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post 16 provision will be available.

You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with local secondary schools.

We are looking to select trainees who:

  • have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in secondary schools
  • are resilient and able to work under pressure
  • have good subject knowledge to train to teach in the area they are interested in
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PGCE Secondary Education 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PGCE Secondary Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 PGCE in Education (Secondary) 2019 Programme specification 1 PGCE in Education (Secondary)

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Training. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections, it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers. Graduate employability is high. 

The programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by a secondary Computing teacher, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice.

The strengths of our PGCE secondary programmes are the high levels of pastoral care and support we offer trainees. We also have effective partnerships with schools, which enhances trainees' subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of teaching and ensures our trainees achieve good levels of attainment

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in November 2019.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Course details

Careers

On successful completion of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your teaching career.

Teaching methods

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops, where active participation is encouraged. Twenty-four weeks of the programme are spent in local partnerships schools. This enables you to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions as well as support you in your school-based training where you develop your classroom expertise.

Work Placement

School experience is at the heart of the programme and during the thirty-six week programme you spend twenty-four weeks in school, and the rest of the time on campus. The school experience is made up of a number of serial day placements, including visits to a primary school and a special school and two block placements in partner secondary schools.

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on November 2019.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    School Direct Secondary SBT 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    School Direct Secondary SBT 2 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Secondary Subject and Curriculum Knowledge 30 Credits Compulsory
    Developing Professional Practice - Secondary Group B 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.

    Usually we would expect the degree to have a minimum 50% content of the subject in which the applicant is applying. However, applicants whose degree does not meet this requirement should contact us to discuss further at secondaryteam@herts.ac.uk

    GCSE or IGCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the previous grading structure).

    All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

    Prior experience in a school is not required. Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. Contact secondaryteam@herts.ac.uk if you would like further support or guidance.

    If offered a place, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and you are required to respond to targeted and relevant health questions (DfE ITT: criteria and supporting advice October 2018).

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/202131/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)