PGCE Secondary: Computing specialism

The Roehampton Secondary Computing PGCE is a new bespoke programme developed and taught in partnership with some of the leading computing teachers in local schools. The University is at the forefront of computing education, with staff contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national and international level. 

Students learn about the challenges and opportunities of teaching computing, IT and digital literacy in secondary schools. The course looks at how approaches from the world of software development, such as agility and craftsmanship have parallels in the classroom, and can be applied to teaching and learning in programming and digital media. The course equips you to develop your students' computational thinking and ICT capability, within and beyond the subject curriculum. 

Teaching and learning methods provide both challenge and support, and draw on practical activities, independent study, group work and academic input; high quality school placements are an integral part of the course. Written assignments allow you to pursue your own professional interests from a foundation of core pedagogic subject knowledge. 

The course is ideally suited to recent graduates in computing related degrees and to those with practical experience of software development. The University hopes to offer a preliminary subject knowledge enhancement course for graduates in other subjects without programming experience. A small number of competitive scholarships of £27,500 tax free are available from the BCS for computing trainees, for more information click here. Tax Free bursaries of up to £20,000 are available dependent on your degree classification. 

Entry requirements

The department welcomes graduates from a range of backgrounds such as those with digital making skills, industry experience, practical experience of software development or a degree in computer science. The University hopes to offer a preliminary subject knowledge enhancement course for graduates in other subjects without programming experience.

Further information

If you have specific questions about the course or your suitability for it, please email subject leader Peter Kemp or phone him on 020 8392 3583. 

For general information please contact the Enquiries Office on 020 8392 3232.