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PGCE in Computing

Hey guys,

I’ve signed up to do a PGCE in Computing. I spoke to the advisor who said I’ll have a personal advisor and will help me write my personal statement. Although what would be the next steps afterwards. And you know are there mistakes made and then therefore to be learnt because I don’t want to teach the wrong content once I qualify and that’s my fear.
Hi @Mohammed_2000

Once you have submitted your application (I believe you have up to 3 choices), you will start to get responses from the universities/schools. You will be invited for an interview; this could be in person or online. For most interview processes, you are also required to do a knowledge test, so in your case, you'll be given a GCSE paper related to your subject. This is solely for the university/school to understand where your knowledge is. If they think you need more support with your knowledge, they might ask you to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as part of your conditional offer.

In addition, you might be asked to teach a small group of students for 10-20 minutes (this depends on the university/school). For a SCITT PGCE, you will likely have to teach a small activity.

It is great that you have an advisor. They play a crucial role in supporting you with your interview process, so there is no need to worry about not knowing what to do as they will have all the current information.

Good luck!

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.
Original post by BCU Student Rep
Hi @Mohammed_2000
Once you have submitted your application (I believe you have up to 3 choices), you will start to get responses from the universities/schools. You will be invited for an interview; this could be in person or online. For most interview processes, you are also required to do a knowledge test, so in your case, you'll be given a GCSE paper related to your subject. This is solely for the university/school to understand where your knowledge is. If they think you need more support with your knowledge, they might ask you to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as part of your conditional offer.
In addition, you might be asked to teach a small group of students for 10-20 minutes (this depends on the university/school). For a SCITT PGCE, you will likely have to teach a small activity.
It is great that you have an advisor. They play a crucial role in supporting you with your interview process, so there is no need to worry about not knowing what to do as they will have all the current information.
Good luck!
Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.

Thank you and Anastasia, one question I had is mistakes are there to be made right. Like I know I want to teach a subject I’m so passionate about but I want to make sure the content and everything I deliver is gained correctly and productively to use so there’s room to address weaknesses right?
Original post by Mohammed_2000
Thank you and Anastasia, one question I had is mistakes are there to be made right. Like I know I want to teach a subject I’m so passionate about but I want to make sure the content and everything I deliver is gained correctly and productively to use so there’s room to address weaknesses right?

No problem!

Do you mean you are worried about teaching the content correctly and effectively? If so, your PGCE will teach you about what is on the curriculum and different teaching methods/strategies to meet the needs of your students. By the end of your PGCE, you will be fully equipped and confident in your teaching ability.

I will be graduating this year and starting my PGCE in September. The first four weeks will be classroom-based training. We will learn about different learning theories and practical things, such as planning a good lesson.

I am not sure if I have understood your question perfectly, but I hope what I have said makes sense! 😀

Having these questions in your mind is good; it means that you take your decisions and role seriously and want to perform well.

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.
Original post by BCU Student Rep
No problem!
Do you mean you are worried about teaching the content correctly and effectively? If so, your PGCE will teach you about what is on the curriculum and different teaching methods/strategies to meet the needs of your students. By the end of your PGCE, you will be fully equipped and confident in your teaching ability.
I will be graduating this year and starting my PGCE in September. The first four weeks will be classroom-based training. We will learn about different learning theories and practical things, such as planning a good lesson.
I am not sure if I have understood your question perfectly, but I hope what I have said makes sense! 😀
Having these questions in your mind is good; it means that you take your decisions and role seriously and want to perform well.
Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.

I just hope that when I get the opportunity to teach I don’t deliver the content I’m supposed to teach wrongly it’s just a fear I have within me yeah my PGCE starts in September too as well. Yeah it makes sense to me now but this was pretty much what I tried to ask you.

Thanks 😅
(edited 2 months ago)

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