Grad.Cert. Secondary Information and Communications Technology (ICT) PGCE

UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The PGCE in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has three key aims. Firstly, we will support you in developing the skills you need to become an effective classroom teacher of ICT. Secondly, we will offer you the opportunity to prepare for early career advancement. Thirdly, we will help you to develop your skills in e-learning and the wider use of educational technologies, which are becoming central to the teacher's role.

We will look at the national curriculum for ICT at secondary level, including the post-16 curriculum. You will have an opportunity to teach pupils aged 11 to 18, and will cover a range of courses including GCSE, A level, the Diploma in Digital Applications (DiDA).

We aim to provide a forward-looking programme which combines teaching experience with practical workshops based at the IOE. You will address issues such as classroom management, lesson planning, assessment and the development and use of e-learning tools, alongside a range of more general professional issues.

The PGCE is strongly orientated to collaborative learning, and we encourage you to contribute to the collective course experience. The diversity of age, experience, gender and ethnicity among ICT PGCE students provides a valuable resource as students work together to learn about teaching in our placement schools. Course tutors have many years of experience as teachers, managers and advisors in London schools, and as active researchers in ICT and education.


This programme has been designed to enable all students to demonstrate that they have met the standards across Key Stages 3 and 4 (1116 age range Qualified Teacher Status).

Wherever possible, we provide opportunities for trainees to gain experience at Key Stage 5 (post-16 age range), even where their qualification is for 11 to 16 teaching.


In your placement schools or colleges, your responsibilities will be equivalent to those of a practising teacher, but on a reduced timetable. The working day starts at approximately 8.30am and ends at 5.00pm. Sometimes it is shorter, but you will need to plan your life to reflect the demands of the school day and the school term dates, which may not be the same as the published IOE term dates.

Days spent at the Institute include keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days. In addition, time in the evenings and at weekends is needed for further study and planning.


You will be assessed in two ways:

* on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status
* on assignments, portfolio tasks and, for some subjects, practical projects.

We will monitor your progress throughout the PGCE, and you will record this in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (your first year of teaching) and your continuing professional development.

Continuing your studies

Our PGCE programme carries 60 masters level credits. After successfully completing your PGCE, you may use some or all of your credits towards an IOE masters degree by completing further modules within five years of your PGCE.

If you're interested in starting your PGCE Secondary ICT in September, find out more and apply as soon as possible at


You should have a first degree at 2:2 or above in an ICT or computing-related subject. This covers a broad range of courses including computing, business ICT and multimedia. We may also consider you if your degree is not in ICT, but if you have considerable practical ICT knowledge and experience of ICT training or teaching. A general basic knowledge of ICT applications is not sufficient.

We strongly favour candidates who have recent experience of working with children and young people in a formal context, or who have undertaken a period of observation in a secondary ICT department. We particularly welcome candidates who have work experience as teaching assistants or youth workers.

Applicants must also have a GCSE pass (grade A to C) in both English language and mathematics, or in approved equivalent examinations.

Applicants whose first language is a language other than English may be required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 650
TOEFL iBT® test: 114

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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