About this course
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become a major contributor to the school curriculum both as a means of learning across the curriculum and more importantly as a core curriculum subject. As a trainee you will learn how to teach and demonstrate ICT skills to pupils of all ages and how to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through project work and investigations. You will also experience teaching ICT theory to all secondary age groups including at Advanced level.
You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for ICT and an ability to think creatively in presenting the subject to others. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people. Competition for places is strong, and you are advised to apply as soon as possible.
Also you will need:
A good honours degree in IT or Computer Science. A joint degree, with at least 50% ICT content, and a National Curriculum subject will be acceptable.
If your first degree is not in IT or Computing then we may be able to offer an alternative route of entry that would also give you a professionally recognised qualification please contact us for more details
A sound all-round knowledge of the subject
Ideally, some experience in teaching and working with children in an educational setting, or experience of IT training
Recent experience of teaching with or shadowing an ICT teacher in a secondary school (this may be arranged as part of the interview process)
Sound spoken communication, literacy and numeracy skills
GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent, in English and mathematics are required
Interview and Selection
Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a subject specific interview/ examination.
The entrance exam has both verbal and written components and is designed to identify your strengths and areas for development. It contains a mix of key stage 3, GCSE and A-level style questions that cover the secondary ICT curriculum. You will be sent information on how to prepare when you are notified of your interview.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitment to it
explore your subject strengths and areas for development
assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
answer all of your questions