PGCE Secondary Computing


Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

PGCE Secondary Computing
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: IX99
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a Secondary Computing teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Impart inspiring skills and knowledge to the generations that could shape our technological future.
  • Develop your ability to teach pupils aged 11-16, with a focus on the skills and experiences you need for a teaching career.
  • Opportunities to learn how to plan, teach and assess the post-16 age range.

"PGCE Secondary Computing" is a name revision to the programme currently running as PGCE Secondary Computer Science with ICT.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Computing teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

“The tuition and support that I received both at university and in school was first-class.”

Kelly McDonagh, PGCE Secondary ICT graduate

What you'll learn


This programme of study provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. The core of the programme is the Professional Studies component, based both in university and in schools. You’re organised in mixed subject groups and it positions you in the broader context of professional practice. The key generic and pedagogical issues it addresses take you beyond the confines of the traditional subject curriculum. All professional studies themes are developed further in the subject specialist context which develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the range of digital technologies. This will enable you to effectively manage and organise high quality teaching and learning in digital literacy, computer science, and information technology in the 11-16 phase and across the full range of ability.

The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the notion of the role of the teaching professional with an emphasis on the Computing practitioner. Through both Professional Studies and subject teaching modules you begin to develop an understanding of the breadth of the role of the teacher as well as becoming familiar with the approaches used in the many different secondary school settings for your subject. This supports you in your first school phase during which you teach aspects of digital literacy, computer science, and information technology mainly at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This takes place in the autumn term. During the second university phase you’ll review and share your experiences and develop your understanding of further aspects of teaching and learning and the post-16 age phase.

Course components

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate)

How will I be assessed?

There is an emphasis throughout the programme on subject application and practical workshops where teaching strategies and appropriate contexts and techniques are modelled and discussed. You’ll investigate a range of teaching and learning strategies and materials designed for your subject at secondary level and develop your own for use in schools. At all times we are critically assessing approaches and considering how theory can be transformed into practice. There is also a significant level of participation in terms of presentations, peer support, microteaching episodes and projects in partnership with schools. You’ll be taught by a range of practitioners; both university based lecturers and other professionals currently working in local schools. Many will have passed through the course themselves in former years.

How will I be taught?

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.



All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.


You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £9,250
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2.2 Computer Science related degree or an unrelated 2:2 Honours degree with 5+ years' relevant computing experience in industry.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our How to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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