PGCE Secondary Computing and ICT with QTS

PGCE IT Ipad and PC

The Computing with ICT Programme is designed to prepare you to inspire the next genearation to learn about digital technology.  It is an incredibly exciting time for the subject as technological advances create higher demands for creators of new technologies.  

You will learn to use emergent technology to engage and excite learners and to promote enjoyment in learning.  Both the English and Welsh Governments have recognised the need for change in the curriculum, and the course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills to teach both ICT and Computing.  

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X62
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Name:
Janine Barnes
Contact Email:
Janine.barnes@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  



  • Computing is always developing and therefore the curriculum needs to grow and advance with it. Teaching is preparing kids for the future and we are teaching kids for a job that does not exist yet. The new Donaldson Report includes computing in with science and technology, giving teachers more freedom when teaching KS3 so that it is skills-oriented to produce: (1) ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives; (2) enterprising creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work; (3) ethical informed citizens of Wales and the world; and (4) healthy, confident individuals ready to live fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

    Jamie Tavender

  • I love computers because there is always something new and different to discover. There is no limitation on learning about computers and everyone wants to learn something different about technology. Therefore to be a computing teacher you have to be diverse and aim to keep up with everything that young people ask about and want to learn. It keeps you on your toes – you sometimes have to go and research the answers to their questions because their questions are so up-to-the-minute and relevant for tomorrow’s world.

    Kirsty Cushen-Carter

  • I’ve always known that I wanted to teach but I was unsure whether I wanted to do primary or secondary level. I did GCSE IT and fell in love with it. I had such an inspiring teacher who really looked after his classes, he was easy to talk to and he knew his stuff. Computing is engaging, interesting filled with cool new breakthroughs. My granddad said that I should never stop learning and he did a computer course at the age of 74. That inspired me. The Computer industry cannot stop learning there is always something new and up and coming for you to explore. These kids have grown with technology.

    Tia Pope

  • I have always considered teaching as a career but wanted to gain experience working first. I was a software developer and self-employed but I got bored with the businesses administration part. Technology is more about the way you think and problem solve. Everyone wants to develop the next big game and the next great idea. Computational thinking teaches you trial and error, persistence, seeing the bigger picture and how to identify and solve problems. It teaches you the right skill set for the future.

    Beverly McLaran


The course is split into a number of modules each designed to give you all the skills you need to teach within the secondary sector. You will study various styles of teaching Computing, IT and Digital Literacy to pupils, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, assessment of attainment, and the impact of IT on learning. You will be assisted in developing the range of your specialist knowledge and skills to cover all the content required for the National Curriculum at key stage three, GCSE at key stage Four and  GCE 'A' level at key stage five and equivalent vocational courses.

This will involve concept and skill development in in all aspects of ICT together with computing and innovative programming languages such as SCRATCH at KS3 and Python at KS4.

During your time at university you will have a choice of opportunities to further your expertise, there is the option to join your Maths colleagues for a few hours a week which will enable you to teach Mathematics at KS3 in addition to Computing, IT and Digital Literacy, or if your interests lie with emerging technology then you will be able to opt for Cross-Curricular support and you will be assigned a subject area, this might be any one of the specialist PGCE course. You will then have the opportunity to help develop the digital literacy of that specialist subject for a couple of hours during the university weeks together with exploring new applications to help in the teaching and learning process.

  • Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary
  • Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum – (Welsh or English)
  • Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education  - (Welsh or English)
  • Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement
  • Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (English or Welsh/bilingual). 

It is available with English and Welsh medium student provision using long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and colleges.

Most importantly we have the best employment rate throughout Wales

The course has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the world of education. It is taught by highly respected tutors who have considerable knowledge within their field and chosen specialism.

The course is challenging, but motivating and invigorating, combining practical strategies and skills with academic enquiry and theory.

There are opportunities to investigate areas of specialist interest.

The course is split between university and professional teaching practice, with approximately 12 weeks and occasional days and 24 weeks split between two placements. The weeks at University are designed in such a way that you experience lead lectures both with your own subject area and with students from different subject areas in order to have an insight about how a particular issue relates to different specialist subjects. These may be given by University Staff or by guest lecturers with specialist expertise.

There are also plenty of opportunities where your experience can be enhanced such as involvement with local conferences and workshop events. This year students attended the Technocamps conference at The Liberty Stadium, Swansea, where they had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from local IT and computing enterprises such as Raspberry Pi and Welsh government ministers. They also had the opportunity to observe first hand some of the innovative programming applications such as ‘Blockly’ and ‘SCRATCH’ being used first hand in teaching environments.

This year it is also hoped that the Secondary PGCE Computing and ICT will have the opportunity to join their Primary colleagues in their own conference on site in Swansea. 

Within the newly designed course if you are achieving your QTS early it is envisaged that should you wish to take the opportunity you can arrange a fortnight placement at an establishment of your choice within the Secondary or 14-19 sector. This will enable you to observe, experience a specialist area that you may wish to pursue. It could include special needs schools, independent schools and training establishments. This opportunity is likely to increase your experience and employability.

The course comprises of 120 credits, 40 of which are at Masters level and is assessed by a combination of written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience.

The assignments are a combination of level 6 and level 7 assignments and are designed to combine practical teaching strategies and academic enquiry.

The Professional teaching practice is assess through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the qualified Teacher Standards.

You will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111 at  S_PGCE@uwtsd.ac.uk

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are expected. A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as BTEC advanced will also be taken into account

The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline, with a high proportion of ICT within your degree. Mature students with appropriate experience will also be considered 

Other requirements include

  • A clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service
  • it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Computing and ICT graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe (Swansea), Milford Haven School (Pembrokeshire) and Hilbre High School (Wirral). 

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test.  You might also be asked to undertake: a presentation related to your subject area, group discussion, an extended writing exercise, a formal interview with a subject tutor and school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject.