The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing (PG Cert) is an innovative and flexible course designed to meet the needs of teachers in primary schools and enhance the capability of the schools they work in to produce outstanding work in the area of Computing. The PG Cert comprises two modules that are studied successively.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
The course is designed for professionals who want to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching primary computing. It aims to equip teachers with the subject knowledge, pedagogical skills and critical understanding needed to lead positive change in learning and teaching across the three strands of the new computing curriculum: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. It will provide professional recognition, enhance confidence, and nurture the leadership skills needed to develop outstanding computing teaching in schools and clusters.
Course modules (16/17)
Developing Primary Computing
- Module code: EDUM131
- Core module Y
Developing Primary Computing focuses on classroom best practice. In this module teachers’ understanding of the computing curriculum will be deepened by looking at how the use of technologies can enhance progression across subjects and develop high level thinking skills.
Leading Primary Computing
- Module code: EDUM132
- Core module Y
Leading Primary Computing will allow teachers to develop their ability to expand the knowledge and skills of others in order to lead improvement of computing teaching across settings. Across both modules the emphasis is on developing concrete strategies grounded in a secure understanding of theory and research.
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
The course is taught through a blended learning approach. Face-to-face teaching ranges from lectures to practical workshops and small group tutorials. There will be two residential weekends during the academic year and early evening network meetings every half term. These are complemented by supported online study and engagement with an online community of practice that will enable teachers to continue to engage in discussion and debate at a distance. In addition to the main programme, teachers will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities.
Facilities and Special Features
- residential weekends forming a close peer network
- continual online support from course tutors
- shared enquiry with fellow teachers developing the confidence to lead
- assessment tasks linking classroom practice with theory and research
- opportunities to join existing practitioner communities such our CAS Master Teacher network extending and sharing good practice
Teachers who complete this post-graduate certificate will find that they have made significant progress towards gaining an MA in Education as each module carries 30 Master’s level credits.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
To apply you need an undergraduate degree and must be a practising teacher in a primary setting.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,380 Year One (30 Credits) £1,380 (Year Two 30 credits)|
Year Two may be subject to an inflationary increase in 17/18