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Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Develop subject knowledge in computing and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16 on this flexible free enhancement course for those with an offer of a place on our PGCE in Secondary Computer Science and IT.

Overview

Course length: 8-28 weeks full-time
Start dates: January 2023
February 2023
March 2023
April 2023
May 2023
July 2023
January 2024
February 2024
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April 2024
May 2024
July 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
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Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Three students gathered round a laptop study a spreadsheet.

If you have applied to study on the PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University and require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you.

The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in computing to prepare you to teach the conceptual and applied aspects of the subject effectively, with competence, enthusiasm and confidence, to learners aged 11-16 years.

Different programmes are available and the most suitable structure for you will depend on whether you studied a degree in a computer science discipline and have relevant industrial experience. The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect the needs of each individual trainee.

The programme has six intakes per year. These include an 8-week course starting in July, a 16-week course starting in April, and a 28-week course starting in January.

What you'll study

This course will address the needs of PGCE applicants in the areas of computer architecture, relational databases, algorithms, programming, networks and societal impact of computing. The actual length of the course is determined at interview based on your qualifications and experience.

The course is designed to achieve the following:

  • Address gaps in your subject knowledge.
  • Inspire you to promote learning in computing that is challenging and engaging for all students.
  • Identify and build upon your prior learning, and develop your capacity for future self-study.
  • Enable you to understand the topics of computer architecture, relational databases, algorithms, programming, networks and the societal impact of computing.
  • Develop your ability to support learners’ understanding of computing.
  • Develop use of appropriate technology in teaching and learning.

How you'll study

The course length will be determined by your prior subject knowledge on application / interview. The course is divided into individual units, each requiring 50 hours of learning time, normally within a space of two weeks. This learning is predominantly online with some campus sessions. You will be expected to engage in substantial supported self-study.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

There are no formal examinations. You will build a portfolio from directed activities.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on the PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University.

Completion of this subject knowledge enhancement course may form part of your offer conditions for a place on the PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology with QTS (11-16). Please note, however, that completion of this subject knowledge enhancement course does not necessarily qualify you for a place on the PGCE unless this is made clear at the time the offer is made. This will be discussed with you if you are called for an interview.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Applications for all 2023 intake dates will open later this year.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Faculty of EducationHoused in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Education

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

Free of charge

for the course

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement course which is funded by the Department for Education.

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

Free of charge

for the course

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement course which is funded by the Department for Education.

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