About your course
Train to become an outstanding teacher of Secondary Computer Science with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
- Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of Computer Science at Secondary level on a course delivered in partnership with schools who are committed to ensuring your success
- Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a “Home School”
- Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
- Discover why our courses have high completion and employment rates
- Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities
- Benefit from a generous subject specific Bursary, depending on your degree classification
- Enjoy great employment prospects, with high demand for teachers in this subject area
I believe I could not have been supported any better in my home placement school, and greatly value the experiences and feedback offered by all teaching and support staff that I have had contact with.
Introduction to the School
Our School of Education has a well established reputation for delivering high quality initial teacher education in partnership with Primary, Secondary and other education providers in the North West.
Our academic staff have years of professional experience behind them, as Teachers, Head Teachers, Department Heads, Inspectors and Advisers. Members of the team have been involved in national projects and have significant expertise in current, school-focused initiatives and curriculum design.
In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked fourth in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent. This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
All students are assigned a Personal Tutor who is responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Support during teaching practice is particularly important and so, in addition to mentoring from school-based staff, you will have visits from a University Liaison Tutor to monitor and support your progress and observe and give feedback on your teaching.
All of our initial teacher education programmes are accredited by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. Students who successfully complete our PGDE programmes graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the essential accreditation for anyone who wants to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
School Direct is a new route into teaching which is led by schools, working in close collaboration with initial teacher education providers, such as LJMU. It is an alternative route into teaching from traditional mainstream PGCE and PGDE programmes and offers trainees a more school-led approach. LJMU works closely with a number of lead schools across the North West as part of the School Direct initiative.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Teachers of Computer Science are in increasing demand following the introduction to schools of the national curriculum for computing in 2014 This PGDE course will enable you to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
Our training focusses on Computer Science as a practical and creative subject, where invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. You will learn how to enable your pupils to apply the computing principles they have learned to the understanding of real-world systems, and to the creation of purposeful products. As a teacher of Computer Science you will prepare young people for a world that doesn’t yet exist, involving technologies that have not yet been invented, and that present technical and ethical challenges of which we are not yet aware.
Our ITT courses support the development of your:
- practical and critical understanding of educational theory and practice
- reflective practice linked to professional development
- practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
- understanding and application of subject knowledge
The programmes are designed to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners and are able to apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact on the development and achievement of young people.
The University has a well-established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to teacher education. Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training and key insights into the field during your course.
Computer Science teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds including those who have a first degree in a related discipline and/or industry experience.
Programme outline and structure
This is an intensive, full time programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic PGDE award.
University-based study includes: a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course; one day per week until January; week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.
Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you genuinely feel part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.
You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.
Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.
You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.
University-based training takes place at the IM Marsh campus just four miles from the city centre. Here you will find independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities plus a café and shop.
The IM Marsh Library houses the main collections linked to this course and is open from 8am until 11pm during term time. You will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.
What you will study on this degree
The University element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice ( a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
- Subject Pedagogy in Computer Science (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
- Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
- Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
- Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
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How will I be assessed?
The course employs a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. Full use is made of online learning through BlackBoard (our virtual learning environment) and web-based resources.
School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.
You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.
A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
Staff research interests
Our staff offer a wide range of expertise.
Tutors contribute to the development of national education policy and government initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.
Entry requirements (Home)
To join this this PGDE, you will usually have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Computer Science-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?
Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Computer Science because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Computer Science (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, If you want to teach Computer Science but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course in Computer Science which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. Further details can be obtained on the Get into Teaching website
Additional requirements for the programme include:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)
- A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English. You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found here on the Get into Teaching website
If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Application and selection
Applicants will be assessed for their:
- depth of relevant subject knowledge
- potential to work effectively at Masters level
- ability to work with others in teams
- ability to manage people and projects
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:
- an interest and enthusiasm for their chosen subject area
- the ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
- commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
- enthusiasm and resilience
You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.
Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and normally comprise:
- group tasks
- a written task
- an individual interview
- a practical assessment in some subject areas
Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day.
Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.
All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to attend a selection event at the University.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website
If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.
To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.
Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
- a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
- a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back
The employment prospects of LJMU teacher training graduates are extremely positive, with most subjects exceeding the national averages in terms of employment.
The programme provides opportunities for engagement with relevant local employment organisations including schools and teacher recruitment agencies through on-campus events and school-based placements. You are encouraged to join the relevant professional association for your area of study, extending your professional network.
After completing your PGDE you can progress to the MA Education Practice programme for Newly Qualified Teachers which will enable you to complete a full MA during your first year of employment.
LJMU also provides specialist Masters programmes in Advanced Educational Practice, with specialist pathways in Teaching and Learning, Special Educational Needs, Mentoring and Coaching and in Leadership and Management.
The course is, naturally, intended for those preparing to enter the teaching profession. An annual “Get that Job” day helps prepare you for success in your first applications. Indeed, most of our students go on to achieve their career goal, working in state or independent schools and colleges.
Teaching provides a variety of pathways leading to specialist roles ranging from pastoral to subject leadership and on into school leadership positions. Having gained experience in teaching, a number of graduates move into associated professions such as educational psychology, consultancy, and in the education service sector outside of schools.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes