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What makes PGCE Secondary Computer Science / ICT at Worcester so special?

You will further develop your personal technical skills and understanding so that you are able to share the key concepts of the subject with your pupils so that they are able to ‘think like a computer scientist’.

There will be unique opportunities to:

  • inspire the next generation of technology leaders, innovators and programmers
  • challenge and motivate your pupils in this dynamic curriculum area
  • be creative using technology
  • be at the forefront on curriculum innovation in computer science

Key features

  • Train to teach the concepts of computational thinking
  • Undertake considerable practical work to increase your knowledge of a range of software tools that are used in schools
  • Reflect on theoretical considerations such as ethical, environmental and legal issues
  • Be fully supported through the process with expert tutorial help.

NB: Computer Science / ICT is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.


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    Comments from current trainees and recent graduates

    "One thing that can be guaranteed is that you will never be bored, as computer science is always pushing the boundaries of knowledge forward! Working in Education is mind expanding for the pupils... and staff."

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    "The most enjoyable experience of my career involves building relationships with the pupils and engaging them to want to learn instead of them being forced to learn."

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    Comments from current trainees and recent graduates

    "A highlight of the subject knowledge enhancement course for me was learning the necessary topics and thinking about how to deliver them effectively to pupils. David Hunt injected enthusiasm into the course which made it enjoyable to attend.

    "A lot of thought went into the course and that's evident, as for suggestions I cannot think of any as the subject knowledge enhancement course has exceeded my expectations already."

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    Comments from current trainees and recent graduates

    "The TEL enhancement activities have really helped me to create more interesting and creative lessons. Pupils really respond to innovative ideas using technology. I have even been able to share a variety of new ideas with my department."

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    Comments from current trainees and recent graduates

    "One of the great things about teaching in school is the energy and vibrancy of the pupils – they really do enliven your working life. No two days are the same (despite having a timetable) and the mental stimulation is immense – teaching a subject you love and sharing that with pupils is a challenging and rewarding career choice."

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, in computer science or a related technical subject
  • Grade C at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
  • 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable, but not essential.

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Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

Visit the Department for Education for more information.

Skills Tests Workshops

Successful applicants can register for our free Skills Tests Workshops

For further information, please email

Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

This book may help with planning and preparation for the tests.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Present to peers within and beyond the University. 
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning skills integrated into the subject sessions.


  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Aspiring Leadership - Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (100% in 2014, 2015 & 2016); our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services


  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

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    David Hunt

    David joined the university in September 2013 to launch the new Computer Science PGCE course. He brings 22 years of experience working in a range of schools, as a teacher and faculty leader for Technology, ICT and Computing. Recent experience also includes teaching on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course and a Google Symposium for ICT teachers.

    David is keen to be involved in new initiatives in this fast paced subject area and involves his trainee teachers in cutting edge opportunities.

    Twitter: @PGCE_Computing
    Skype: david.hunt.worcester       


Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects (100% in 2016)
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching

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How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for UK and EU students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most courseS are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2016/17: Up to £25,000 may be available.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS Teacher Training

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Secondary PGCE Office

Personal Academic Tutor

David Hunt
01905 542627


Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?


Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.


Subjects offered:
mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography


Find out about the bursary.