The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing is an innovative and flexible course designed to meet the needs of teachers in primary schools, enabling the schools they work in to excel in the area of Computing. The course can be studied via distance learning or with some face-to-face options. You will gain professional recognition as a computing specialist, giving you the confidence to teach and lead in this subject.
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
This course will equip you with the subject knowledge, teaching skills and critical understanding you need to lead positive change for the computing curriculum in your school across the three strands of the computing curriculum: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. You will get professional recognition, build your confidence and develop your leadership skills to deliver outstanding computing teaching.
The course is designed to be flexible so that you can choose to take forward aspects of computing that are relevant for your teaching context. You might, for example, choose to focus on computer science, on the use of mobile devices or on technology across the curriculum. The course is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
Course modules (17/18)
Developing Primary Computing (30 credits)
- Module code: EDUM131
- Core module Y
Developing Primary Computing focuses on classroom best practice. In this module your 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 (30 credits)
- Module code: EDUM132
- Core module Y
Leading Primary Computing will allow you to develop your 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
There are options to study the course entirely online via distance learning or through a blended learning approach. There are optional Saturday campus days during the academic year and regular optional early evening network meetings. We meet online during term-time for short discussion group webinars and individual or paired tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to engage with an online community, enabling discussion and debate wherever you are.
In addition to the main programme, you will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities at the University.
Each module has two assignments. The first is a series of short reflective blogposts representing a critical reflection of a selection of themes chosen from your teaching practice and online learning. The second assignment is a small research project based on any aspect of technology you use in your practice. This will develop your ability to implement an evidence-based approach to effective teaching and learning.
The second module has a focus on leadership, giving you the chance to take ideas forwards across the school. You may choose to develop themes from the first year or to look at a different aspect of the computing curriculum.
Across both modules, the aim is to give you the flexibility to develop themes that have a direct impact on teaching and learning across your whole school.
Facilities and Special Features
- campus days and weekly webinars 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
- the opportunity to take the BCS Certificate in Primary Computing alongside the course
When you have completed this course you will be an expert in the field of primary computing, enabling you to lead this subject successfully in a primary education setting.
You will also have made significant progress towards an MA in Education, with 60 Masters’ level credits. If you have studied other credit bearing courses previously, you may have up to 120 credits, which means that you would only have to complete the thesis to gain an MA.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
We ask that you have an undergraduate degree and are either a practising teacher or have experience of teaching in a primary setting.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.