Typical Course Length
The ICT course aims to help trainee teachers build the confidence and skills needed to develop as successful teachers. The course is designed to prepare trainee teachers to teach ICT in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and post-16 courses, including AS and A2 levels courses. In all university-based sessions student teachers are expected to be active participants.
Coursework is practically oriented and closely related to teaching and learning. Early in the course student teachers are introduced to a range of schemes and strategies currently in use in secondary ICT teaching. You will look at how children learn and develop. You will consider factors to be taken into account when developing lessons which are interesting, balanced and relevant to learners’ needs. You will have opportunities to explore the different ways in which pupils can develop understanding in ICT, and to become familiar with a variety of resources that can be used to support these.
Trainee teachers will prepare and demonstrate practical work of the kind undertaken by pupils and be encouraged to think about the implications for classroom organisation and management. A range of teaching approaches will be explored. Other important aspects of work at this stage in the course are lesson planning, lesson evaluation and assessing learners.
Those who elect to follow the course through the medium of Welsh attend Welsh-medium schools, additional seminars and weekends throughout the year. In addition to the main subject seminars, the PGCE course also prepares student teachers for cross-curricular themes and educational issues, including:
- Key Skills
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- First Aid
- Child Protection
- Health Education
- Education for Global Citizenship and Sustained Development
- Curriculum Cymreig
You will need an initial degree. This may be in ICT or in a subject containing technical, creative or otherwise appropriate elements that are relevant to ICT, or any other subject which has involved a substantial amount of constructive use of ICT. Examples include engineering, business studies and media studies. We will consider other postgraduate qualifications or work experience as evidence of ICT knowledge, understanding and application. You may have worked with complex document or presentation templates, handling databases, modelling with spreadsheets, programming, statistical analysis, web site design or graphic design.
ICT trainees may have curriculum `gaps´ to fill during the course. Because of this, a capacity for disciplined self study is a characteristic of trainee teachers who do well. Other key personal characteristics are curiosity, perseverance and organisation. If you are a graduate with these qualities in abundance you should thrive on the course.
GCSE Requirements: Before beginning a course you will also need to provide evidence of having achieved minimum GCSE grade B (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics. The School holds English and Mathematics equivalence tests for applicants who lack these qualifications.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.