Subject Knowledge Enhancement Computer Science


Course Length:2 weeks per unit of face-to-face and online study
Start Dates:March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017, March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, June 2018, July 2018
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop subject knowledge in Computer Science and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16;
  • Study on a programme specifically for applicants with a place on a PGCE;
  • Benefit from face-to-face sessions and online study materials (campus sessions are one evening a week);
  • No tuition fees – the programme is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

If you want to teach Computer Science, but have an insufficient level of subject knowledge in your degree to gain entry to PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education with QTS, then our subject knowledge enhancement course could be for you.

The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in Computer Science 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.

The programme runs from March to mid-August with enrolment approximately every four weeks during this period. The number of weeks you will attend depends on whether you have 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.

Faculty of Education

Course in Depth

What will I 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 length of the course is a maximum of 24 weeks and 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 will I study?

The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect your individual needs. The course is divided into individual units, each requiring 50 hours of learning time, normally within a space of two weeks. This learning will be a blend of face-to-face sessions, online learning and supported self-study.

How will I 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 a PGCE in a Computing discipline at a Higher Education institution in England, or if you are in the process of applying for the PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education with QTS at Edge Hill University. Applicants from other providers will normally have a recommendation from their provider to obtain a place on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.


Tuition Fees

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement programme which is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the application form (pdf).

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

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please call 01695 584796 or email

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.