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PGCE | Postgraduate Taught

Information Technology and Computing

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
At least a 2.2 Honours degree
Duration
1 year (Full Time)
Places available
approx. 15
  • Overview

    The PGCE in Information Technology and Computing is a recognised teaching qualification aligned to the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland professional competences which affords graduates ‘Eligibility to Teach’ (referred to in some other jurisdictions as 'qualified teacher status', QTS). The course is aligned broadly with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, supporting graduates in teaching Information Technology and Computing across the 11-18+ year age range. The programme aims to develop your competence and confidence in the teaching of Information Technology and Computing and in the general professional role of the teacher.

    Our PGCE will appeal to you if you wish to move into teaching and if you are an Honours graduate in Computing & Information Technology/Computer Science or about to graduate in Computing & Information Technology/Computer Science or a related discipline.

    Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Irish in Irish-medium schools. An additional certificate in Irish Medium Education (IME) is awarded in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

    Find out more about the post-primary PGCE at Queen's at our Information Session (using MS Teams) on Thursday 24 September from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Register at this link: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ssesw/Discover/Events/VirtualPGCEInformationSession.html

    Information Technology and Computing highlights

    Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REf, 2014).

    Professional Accreditations

    • We are a General Teaching Council (GTCNI) accredited provider of Initial Teacher Education programmes. On completion of the programme you will achieve Eligibility to Teach/Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    Student Experience

    • The Education and Training Inspectorate has assessed the ‘Outcomes for learners’ on the course to be ‘Outstanding’. Students are involved in active, enquiry-based and research-informed learning throughout the course.
    “The PGCE at Queen’s attracts a lively mix of students from different parts of the UK and Ireland, from a variety of local and national universities and colleges, and from different academic disciplines. We prepare confident, innovative and high quality teachers who find employment both in Northern Ireland and the UK as well as in international schools worldwide.”

    Dr Pamela Cowan, Pathway Convenor (IT/Computing)

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    After enrolment and induction week in early September, you will normally complete a two-week block experience in a primary school. This experience may change at short notice depending on the government requirements for Covid-19 and may be replaced by taught sessions or an acceptable relevant alternative activity.

    The next six week block of the course is devoted to university-based tuition (subject-specific taught sessions and directed independent study) before you commence your first eleven week period of professional placement based in a school.

    At the beginning of February, you return to four weeks of university-based tuition in preparation for your second eleven week professional period in a school. A final week of university-based tuition completes the course at the end of May.

    Successful completion of the PGCE depends on achieving satisfactory standards in both practical teaching and in course work.

    The extended placements, which we arrange, are in two different school types. This ensures a varied experience of teaching in different schools and working with pupils from the whole ability range.

    In the two post-primary schools you will work closely with members of each school’s staff. Your subject lecturer from Queen’s will also maintain close co-operative links with these teachers during your school placements.

    Course DetailsThe programme combines university-based tuition, consisting of taught sessions and directed independent study, with professional placements in schools and is organised around three interdependent strands:

    Professional School-based Experience - focuses on developing practical teaching competence particularly through working closely with experienced teachers during periods of school placement.

    Subject Studies - focuses on teaching and learning within your subject specialism (and cognate areas).

    Education and Professional Studies - focuses on common aspects of teaching and the professional role of the teacher, including Northern Ireland Curriculum policy, the education system, assessment, theories of learning, educational disadvantage, barriers to learning, pastoral care and child protection/safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing of students, relationships with other professionals, promotion of inclusion, effective use of technologies, digital safeguarding, and, literacy and numeracy in the classroom.

    The programme also offers workshops on a variety of topics including special educational needs, classroom management, pastoral care, diversity and inclusion, and children's rights.

    Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Irish in Irish-medium schools. An additional certificate in Irish Medium Education (IME) is awarded in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

    People teaching you

    Dr James Nelson
    PGCE Course Director

    SSESW
    Email: j.nelson@qub.ac.uk Dr James Nelson has oversight of the PGCE.

    Dr Pamela Cowan
    Pathway Convenor

    SSESW
    Dr Pamela Cowan coordinates and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) IT and Computing programme. Her research interests encompass all aspects of using modern information technologies in educational contexts, assessment in education, structural equations modelling and issues in mathematics and computing education.

    Teaching Times

    Typically Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. School-based placements are dependent on the host school's timetable for the school day.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    This PGCE prepares students for teaching in secondary-level schools (age 11-18+). You will gain ‘Eligibility to Teach’ (referred to in some other jurisdictions as 'qualified teacher status', QTS).

    Qualified teachers have found employment in secondary schools, progressing through either a subject specialist or pastoral route into middle and senior management. Others have gone on to successfully complete further postgraduate study.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:

    Morning / Afternoon / Evening

    Typically Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. School-based placements are dependent on the host school's timetable for the school day.

    Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
    1.5 modules per Semester (30 CATS points)

    Contact Teaching Hours per Week
    20 hours (minimum)

    Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
    80% lectures, 20% private study.

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    Coursework portfolio comprises subject studies assignments, practical teaching and core tasks arising from lectures, workshops and tutorials addressing key educational issues.

    Facilities

    The Graduate School
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_BwOtjXAE

    Prizes and Awards

    • Elizabeth M Fulton Prize for top performing student in ICT/Computing.
    • Excellence in Teaching Award – competition across all PGCE subject areas.
    • GTCNI STAR Award (2 prizes) – one for Educational and Professional Studies; one for Overall Best Performing PGCE Student in the year.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Please note the closing date for 2021 entry to this programme is Monday 2nd November 2020 at 4pm.

    Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed. Normally we do not consider ‘late’ applications before June at the earliest.

    All applicants must possess the following:

    - At least a 2:2 Honours degree (and/or higher degree) in Computer Science, Computing & IT or Software Systems Development.

    Degrees in cognate areas (for example*, Interactive Multimedia Design, Web Design, Cloud Technologies, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Technology Systems) may be considered if 50% or more of the modules studied are deemed currently relevant to teaching Computer Science, Digital Technology and/or Software Systems Development to A level, with at least 50% of final year ICT/Computing modules fulfilling the relevance criterion.

    Other acceptable combinations include:
    • A Joint Honours degree (2:2 or above) in ICT/Computing with a school subject (for example*, Business Studies/Mathematics) HOWEVER at least 50% of all the modules passed need to be currently relevant to teaching Computer Science, Digital Technology
    and/or Software Systems Development to A level.
    • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a school subject (for example*, Business studies) PLUS a Masters degree in Computer Science/Software Systems Development which has been awarded prior to applying for the PGCE course.
    • A Joint Honours degree (2:2 or above) with Information Systems (for example*, Management Information Systems or Business Information Systems) must have at least 50% of modules passed in the Information Systems area that are currently relevant to
    teaching Computer Science, Digital Technology and/or Software Systems Development to A level with at least 50% of final year ICT/Computing modules fulfilling the relevance criterion.

    *These are examples only and are not a definitive list.

    At the time of application, GCSE Mathematics grade C/4, and GCSE English Language grade C/4 or equivalent qualification. (Please note Essential Skills Level 2 qualifications are not regarded as equivalent for entry to this professional course as the professional accrediting authority, the GTCNI, does not recognise them as equivalent)

    We reserve the right to enhance the shortlisting criteria if the course is over-subscribed.

    Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

    Further information is available at https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ssesw/Study/PostgraduateTaught/PGCE/

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,530
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU TBC*
    International £17,700

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students It is however expected that there will be a specific arrangements put in place for RoI nationals living in the UK and Ireland and those with pre-settled and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

    Fees quoted above are for 2021-22.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Information Technology and Computing costs

    "Students are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33.
    Students have two mandatory eleven week placement and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs vary depending on the location of the placement provider. Students will be expected to dress professionally and may incur additional costs for clothing. Additional costs will be incurred for the creation of teaching materials whilst on placement, which may be partly absorbed by the placement school."

    How do I fund my study?

    Applicants are eligible for Undergraduate related funding, rather than Postgraduate. Please see the following sources for more information:

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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