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Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Computing
Postgraduate course

Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Computing

International Scholarships available


Learn to teach this thought-provoking subject which is new to the National Curriculum and is now a required subject at all key stages.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.

We will equip you with the skills to deliver a stimulating learning environment and inspiring lessons. You could be teaching children how to create their own web page in one lesson, and the next encouraging them to write their own computer program. You will learn how to fire their interest in this constantly evolving subject, helping them to understand the technical aspects of computing in an easy-to-understand way. You will be able to teach them the fundamentals of how computers communicate and connect their understanding of microprocessors. You could even help them to build their own simple computer.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge here at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

School Direct lead schools and alliances:

Batley Girls High School, Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance

The Crossley Heath School, MOSAIC Alliance

Meadowfield Primary School, Temple Newsam Learning Partnership

Wakefield City Academy

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages .

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll be supported by an experienced course team determined to see you flourish as an innovative teacher who specialises in computer science. You will become part of a supportive teaching and learning community, where you will be able to pick up advice and tips from your course tutors and share ideas on lesson plans and classroom experiences with your fellow students.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will form a fundamental element of your training.

To help with your preparations for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to develop your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire physical education and your teaching.

Regardless of which training model you follow, you will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you will have the maximum time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our NQT module, providing you with another valuable element of support and coaching as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website.
PGCE Secondary Dr Carl Wilkinson Senior Lecturer
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Tania Sargent


Tania Sargent
Head of PE Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation

PGCE Secondary Physical Education

“The strong reputation of my course at Leeds Beckett and the teaching skills I gained have been instrumental in my career. I'm now Head of Physical Education seven years after graduating. The support from tutors and hands-on experience on the course was fantastic.

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Tom Dobson
Dr Tom Dobson
Course Director
Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which explored boys' identities through their creative writing as they made the transition from primary to secondary school. Most of Tom's teaching now focuses on English pedagogy and he works with our partnered schools to develop practice which engages pupils and has an impact upon their learning.
Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers.
PGCE Secondary Dr Carl Wilkinson Senior Lecturer
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Fees & funding


  • School Practice Collection
    School Practice Collection

    Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

  • Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.


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