BSc (Hons) Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education with QTS

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Overview

UCAS Code:S248 (2 Years) or S348 (3 Years)
Course Length:2-3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, this programme is suspended for September 2017 entry.

  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for teaching and personal development in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • Study computing in-depth and take advantage of in-school teaching opportunities;
  • Work towards subject specific competencies in computer science and information technology.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

Edge Hill University is one of a small number of providers in England offering an undergraduate route to train as a computing teacher. Close collaboration with the Computing Department means you are taught computer science by lecturers who are highly qualified specialists in their field. This degree is for anyone who wants to teach computer science and information technology to 11-16 age level and up to A2 level. You will receive expert tuition and will be able to take advantage of excellent learning opportunities in which you will cover subjects such as programming, web design, database development, app development, teaching and learning methods, planning and assessment strategies.

Student Profiles

  • Laura Dandy

    BSc (Hons) Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education with QTS
    There’s no doubt that the course at Edge Hill University has allowed me to become who I want to be and I feel as though I’ve made my family proud.”
  • Josh Murray

    BSc (Hons) Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education with QTS
    It has been particularly rewarding for me as I have now obtained my first teaching post at a school where I did my second year placement, making all of the hard work and commitment to my studies worth every minute.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will learn a range of teaching skills such as planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management alongside subjects such as database design and application, computer architecture, mobile application development and internet security.

By the end of the degree, you will be able to teach the Secondary Computing curriculum, including examination specification requirements, such as programming, algorithms, computational thinking, and web design.

How will I study?

You will learn through academic study and on placement and you will spend a lot of your study time in computer laboratories. You will also have formal lectures and seminars where you will have a chance to discuss topics and work in groups with other trainees. Your tutors will model good practice to help you develop your own teaching skill and style.

Spending over 120 days being trained in schools, you will put into practice what you have learnt by assisting in, and taking responsibility for, classes, working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and as you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

You will work with pupils from various areas, backgrounds and abilities. This will provide you with excellent experience in classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake assessment work to develop your subject knowledge and school based skills. You will carry out assignments to demonstrate your competence in using software packages, including producing portfolios, artefacts and writing reports. Some modules have an end of unit examination. As you progress from observer to teacher in school you will be assessed against the Teaching Standards for the award of QTS.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a range of highly qualified and experienced tutors who are committed to supporting you throughout the programme and providing you with the opportunities to succeed. Tutors are enthusiastic about their subjects and will model good practice. This will enable you to develop your own teaching skills and style.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Modules

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Year 1

SUG1000 Professional Practice 1A (20 credits)

Professional Practice 1A provides an initial professional practice experience in a secondary school with an additional short placement in a primary setting. Initial professional practice is based upon observation and practical experience. You will have frequent opportunities to observe experienced teachers in the classroom, in addition to shadowing pupils and staff. The school’s safeguarding processes will also be explained. The placement will enable you to carry out a variety of school-based tasks, participate in lessons under your mentor’s supervision, and gradually increase your responsibility for both planning and teaching.

SUG1001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession equips you with the required academic study skills for Higher Education and the necessary professional vocational skills for your teaching experience. The module will also raise your wider professional awareness of the importance of secondary teaching. The aim is to encourage you to make purposeful links between theoretical understanding, the implementation of national policies and initiatives, and your practice-based experiences. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG1004 Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in Information Technology and Computing (20 credits)

Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in Information Technology and Computing introduces subject-specific professional responsibilities for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, covering lesson preparation, delivery, evaluation and pupil assessment. The module enables you to develop the required professional vocational skills and knowledge for your teaching experience, working towards effective classroom delivery for all pupils. This will include an introduction to how to plan and deliver effective and well-structured lessons which promote a love of learning and encourage children’s intellectual curiosity. You will discover how to plan for the effective use of homework and other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend pupil knowledge.

SUG1017 Computer Architecture (20 credits)

Computer Architecture is about the basic principles of modern computer organisation and architecture. The module explores the layered nature of systems and structures and examines the interfaces between them. The module covers a range of topics from bare hardware to operating systems and sophisticated system software. As networking is an important aspect of today’s computing, the essentials of networking are also briefly covered.

SUG1047 Programming: Concepts to Construction (30 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development.  You will be introduced to the analytical techniques and processes that are essential for specifying, designing and implementing applications.

SUG1048 Web Design and Development (30 credits)

Web Design and Development is a fusion of two distinct areas in the world of web content production. This module will equip you with a sound understanding of the World Wide Web, the related technologies, and the relationships between these technologies. You will cover themes of web design, including colour and design theories, layout and typography, as well as topics relating to web development, such as HTML, CSS, and both client and server side scripting.

Year 2

SUG2000 Professional Practice 1B (20 credits)

Professional Practice 1B allows you to prepare for, and subsequently complete, a placement in which you will undertake up to 50% of a full teaching timetable, comprising observation, small group or whole class teaching with your mentor or another trainee, and solo teaching as appropriate. You will have responsibility for planning lessons or parts of lessons, maintaining sound discipline, ensuring appropriate teaching methods are used, assessing learners’ progress, and making written evaluations of your own teaching. You will also be expected to take a full role in the wider life of the school, participating in tutor work, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities, professional development opportunities, parents’ evenings and school events.

SUG2001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Legal Requirements for Professional Practice (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Legal Requirements for Professional Practice helps you to understand the required professional conduct, duties and responsibilities of a secondary teacher. The aim is to encourage you to make purposeful links between theoretical understanding, the implementation of national policies and initiatives, and your practice-based experiences. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG2004 Creative Medium Term Planning and Teaching in the ICT Classroom (20 credits)

Creative Medium Term Planning and Teaching in the ICT Classroom enables you to consider effective teaching in information technology and computing through the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of information technology and computing in the curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on evaluation and review, which lies at the heart of ongoing professional development.

SUG2010 Educational Research Methods for School Improvement (20 credits)

Educational Research Methods for School Improvement provides you with an introduction to qualitative and quantitative educational research methods for personal and school improvement. The reading and assessment of publications, combined with reflection on methodological issues, forms a key element of the module. You will formulate a research plan which provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue higher degree study or further research work in the future. The module will demonstrate the need to keep up to date with both research and development in knowledge and pedagogy in your chosen subject area and encourage you to critically evaluate your own learning.

SUG2043 Introduction to Databases (20 credits)

Introduction to Databases covers the fundamental concepts in database design. You will acquire practical skills in database modelling, development and design using the rules of normalisation and entity relationship modelling.

SUG2044 Programming Languages: Theory to Practice (20 credits)

Programming Languages: Theory to Practice provides you with an insight into alternative strategies for problem solving and programming. You will develop a critical understanding of the application of a variety of programming styles to a range of problems, enhance your awareness of the strategies available when testing software, and appreciate the relationship between software requirements and error detection when testing.

SUG2045 Programming Languages: Inspiring Creativity (20 credits)

Programming Languages: Inspiring Creativity recognises that the emphasis on computer science within the Computing curriculum requires you to have an in-depth understanding of a range of programming languages and the associated practical skills. You will explore the use of different programming styles and languages to enhance your problem solving abilities in a broad range of relevant application areas. The module will also enhance your understanding of the relationship between software requirements, implementation and error detection when building and testing applications. You will develop a project portfolio as a means of demonstrating your understanding of programming languages and paradigms.

Year 3

SUG3000 Professional Practice 2 (40 credits)

Professional Practice 2 consists of a synoptic placement during which you will be required to undertake up to 70-75% of a teaching timetable, comprising observation, small group or whole class teaching with your mentor or another trainee, and solo teaching as appropriate. You will have responsibility for planning lessons or parts of lessons, considering the role of a scheme of work and developing it for a specific group of learners, maintaining sound discipline, ensuring appropriate teaching methods are used, assessing learners’ progress, and making written evaluations of your own teaching. You will also be expected to take a full role in the wider life of the school, participating in tutor work, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities, professional development opportunities, parents’ evenings and school events.

SUG3001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Employability (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Employability equips you with the advanced academic study skills required for Higher Education and the necessary professional vocational skills for your professional practice. In addition, the module enables you to further your working knowledge of the standards for teachers’ conduct, enhance your employability, prepare for job applications and interviews, and understand what to expect from your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG3004 Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in ICT (20 credits)

 Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in ICT develops your understanding of assessment theory in relation to both formative and summative assessment practice in school. You will need to grade work against school-based and national benchmarks relevant to information technology and computing education, as well as developing strategies for giving meaningful feedback and targets to pupils in order to secure progression. The module also outlines the cycle of evaluation and review, examining its impact on future planning.

SUG3011 School Improvement Study in ICT (20 credits)

School Improvement Study in ICT enhances your skills in qualitative and quantitative educational research methods for personal and school improvement. The reading and assessment of publications, together with reflection on the design, implementation and critical evaluation of methodological issues, form key elements of the module. You will implement and evaluate a research plan during a professional placement and gain a strong foundation for potentially pursuing higher degree study or further research work in the future.

SUG3051 Mobile Application Development (20 credits)

Mobile Application Development introduces you to the emerging area of mobile computing and equips you with knowledge and experience of developing mobile applications for different types of mobile devices. You will gain an understanding of the system architectures that can be employed in mobile internet applications and investigate various mobile software and hardware platforms.

SUG3052 Internet Security (20 credits)

Internet Security provides you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of computer and network security, equipping you with knowledge of the key vulnerabilities of a networked computer system and guiding you in how to design and construct a secure network.

SUG3053 Big Data (20 credits)

Big Data provides you with an overview of the background to, and the need for, Big Data and how Big Data can be exploited by different sectors.  There is a need for Computing teachers to understand about how businesses leverage the most from Big Data and stay ahead of the competition. The module covers the need for Big Data, as well as examining the infrastructure, security issues and software that’s being developed to handle structured and unstructured data.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

  • 3 Year Route – 112 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff. An A level at minimum grade C (or equivalent) in ICT or a related subject is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2 Year Route – relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Evidence of secondary school experience is recommended.

Please note, 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.

An interview will form part of the selection process.

You are required 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 at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University 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.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates work in schools across the UK and internationally. You will qualify as an outstanding secondary teacher who is able to bring excellent subject knowledge to a first teaching post. We offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher and have a proven track record for trainees securing teaching posts.

Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2017.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

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