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PgCert Software Development for Teachers

Funded coding course

Future-proof your skills in teaching

As the knowledge economy expands, so do do the skills required by our young people and the curriculum to inform their learning.

Queen's University Belfast is offering a free software development course that will provide educators with the skills and confidence to deliver School level content in computer programming.

The course is open to applicants resident in Northern Ireland. It is not open to applicants from outside Northern Ireland.

Applications will close at 5pm Friday 31 July. We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. The course will start on Monday 21 September

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Fully Funded Course

This online learning programme provides an opportunity to upskill in key technology areas including programming, testing and computing, enabling you to advance your career across multiple industries.

No coding experience? No problem. This course is aimed at those with no prior qualifications in coding or computer science. 

Flexible Course Format

The online format and blended-learning delivery of the programme is specifically designed to enable flexible learning at a time that suits you.

We expect that you will need to commit to study effort each week. As programming is a practical activity, the more time and effort you spend practicing the better your outcome. We can also be flexible if your circumstances change during the delivery of the course and support your study.

 

The programme will provide the following upskilling elements:

Programming – 40 credits

Computing Foundations – 20 credits

  • Basic principles of programming – including variables, selection, iteration, strings and arrays and how these techniques are realised within the Java programming language.
  • Object-oriented design – objects, classes, methods, interfaces, abstraction, inheritance, encapsulation and polymorphism.
  • Advanced principles of programming – including exception handling, recursion, threading, data collection and how these techniques are realised within the Java programming language
  • Principles of data storage: – including gates (AND , OR, XOR, NOT) memory, mass storage, bit patterns and data, binary system, storing integers (Two’s Complement etc.), data compression, communication errors (e.g. parity bits, Hamming).
  • Data structures and algorithms (including sorting and searching algorithmics and complexity theory).
  • Computer architecture (including processors and compilers) and networking (including internet protocols, cyber security, SSL, encryption and IOT). Basic principles of operating systems and command line programming (e.g. Linux shells).
  • Software engineering practices and software testing.



ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility for Postgraduate Certificate in Software Development (for Teachers)

This course is specifically designed to give educators the skills and confidence to support teaching in computer programming at School level. This is a funded course and will provide access to the full MSc 2nd year (Part time) (at additional cost).

Funding is only currently available to those normally resident in Northern Ireland.

To be eligible for September 2020 entry, applicants must demonstrate that they are part of one of the following 3 categories:

  1. A current teacher/ FE Lecturer – Please provide an official letter of support from a head teacher or head of department.
  2. A newly qualified teacher, expected to graduate in summer 2020 – please provide a transcript of marks, if your degree certificate is not yet available.
  3. A substitute teacher – please provide evidence of being enrolled on the register for substitute teachers in Northern Ireland.

NB Evidence to this effect must be uploaded at the time you are completing your application.

Please note:

  • In the event of large numbers of applications, preference may be given to those currently teaching programming or related subjects.
  • All applicants are required to pass the aptitude test. Aptitude tests for eligible applicants will be held 6-9 August 2020 and the School will be in contact in advance of these dates with further details.

Any queries on eligibility, or for more information, please contact askeps@qub.ac.uk.

COURSE DELIVERY

Teaching and assessment will be fully delivered online through a mixture of self-directed study and practice materials, masterclasses and support advisories.
In order to replicate the interactive and engaging nature of an on-campus delivery, the online delivery will include:

  • Several weekly masterclasses that both present and explore course topics. The masterclasses will be delivered live to permit learners to connect and ask / answer questions. The classes will also be recorded to permit flexible on-demand access.
  • Weekly practice activities including set exercises, coding challenges and other tasks to reinforce learning and build practical skills.
  • Online learning materials (directed reading, study packs, etc.) which leaners will study in their own time each week.
  • Regular formative assessment to measure learner progress and to provide advice and direction.
  • Online advisory support for learners to connect with experts to provide bespoke one-to-one support. Offered Monday to Friday, daytime to early evening, to flexibly support learners.

START DATE 

Applications will close at 5pm Friday 31 July. We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. The course will start on Monday 21 September

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Log in to your existing account or create a new account in the Queen's Direct Application Portal.
  2. Fill in an application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Software Development. Applications will close at 5pm 31 July 2020. We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. The course will start on Monday 21 September
  3. All applicants are required to pass the aptitude test. Aptitude tests for eligible applicants will be held 6-9 August 2020 and the School will be in contact in advance of these dates with further details. Successful completion of the test and provision of academic qualifications will result in an offer being made.
  4. You will be required to provide evidence of your identity and eligibility at the time you are completing your application.

Any queries regarding the course can be sent to askeps@qub.ac.uk.