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Teaching of Computer Science in Schools
This programme has been designed to meet the needs of practising teachers who wish to update their skills in line with the recent government changes to the Computer Science curriculum in schools.
|Campus||Parkgate Road Campus, Chester|
|Length||One-year, part-time programme, which leads to the Postgraduate Certificate Teaching Computer Science in Schools of the University of Chester. The course is at Masters (M) level, and successful completion of the course carries 60 credits. Part-time|
This course will run at various times of the year evenings and weekends as required by groups of teachers.
There is an option to take CPD without assessment.
You will have the opportunity to work with other teachers to design lessons plans and materials to support the new curriculum.
In January 2012 a radical change in the teaching of ICT in schools was announced by the Government. In response to growing criticism by major industry leaders of the quality of the teaching of this subject in schools the statutory Programmes of Study for ICT in schools were disapplied from September 2012 to be replaced by a flexible curriculum in Computer Science and Programming.
The British Computer Society (BCS) together with Microsoft, Google and Intellect formulated a suggested curriculum and upon this The University of Chester has crafted a 3-module Postgraduate Certificate designed to give existing ICT teachers the extra depth of knowledge and practical skills necessary to deliver the new curriculum.
The course is delivered in various flexible modes and at various times throughout the year.
We have divided the curriculum into two categories, Internal to the Computer (eg Hardware, Programming, Logic etc.) and External (Networking, Internet etc.) and each of two modules cover one of these topics. A third module concentrates on the application of this knowledge to the particular teaching environment of the student.
We anticipate that some teachers will wish to take the first two modules (CO7201 and CO7202) as CPD - without taking the assessment. CO7203 is not structured to be delivered in a CPD manner. Applicants wishing to take the modules as CPD only should contact the Programme Leader (Dr Linda Rayner, firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.
The aim of CO7201 and CO7202 is to update students in the new Computer Science curriculum for Schools, designed by Microsoft, Google and The British Computer Society. These modules seek to explore the new curriculum in detail, allowing students to concentrate on their own specialist subject while gaining an overview of the whole curriculum.
You will be encouraged to share your practical experiences as concepts and theories are discussed, so providing 'first-hand' case studies to supplement those tutor-supplied, and, where you have a particular area of expertise, to lead seminar sessions where appropriate.
Within the perspective of Implementing a Computer Science curriculum in a school:
This module explores the implementation of the content studied in CO7201 and CO7202 (or equivalent APEL) in a School environment. You will be expected to select a Computer Science subject for preparing for delivery to a school class, research an appropriate implementation strategy and produce teaching materials.
From an Educational perspective this module covers:
Three assignment/projects (each marked at Masters Level).
CO7201 and CO7202 are assessed by a portfolio of teaching material.
CO7203 is assessed by a portfolio of reflective learning activities.
As this is a CPD course, the vast majority of teachers will be able to update their lesson plans and become subject leaders.