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Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement - Computer Science (SKE)

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1 year
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April 2021

About this course

Prepare for a career teaching computer science at secondary school and sixth form level.  

This subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course is ideal if you did not complete a degree in computer science, if you’re looking for a computer science conversion course for teachers or if you want a refresher in the curriculum for students aged 11 to18. 

This SKE computer science course is tailored to your education needs and will get you ready to apply for your initial teacher training (ITT), working towards qualified teacher status (QTS).  

Our subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are for graduates who want to develop a greater depth of subject understanding before training for qualified teacher status (QTS). This intensive course in computer science will begin to give you the skills and knowledge to teach computer science across the 11 to 18 age range.  

This SKE computer science course will help you develop your ITT computer science subject expertise in the curriculum, to help you towards QTS. Once you pass you’ll be able to apply for our PGCE in IT & Computer Science course beginning the following September. 

You’ll learn through a combination of face-to-face teaching, online activities and in-classroom practical exposure. Our 12-week programme runs from May to August. During this time you’ll learn the subject content required for teaching key stages 3 and 4, and post-16, this includes: 

  • computational thinking in: 
    • decomposition 
    • abstraction 
    • algorithm development 
    • generalisation 
    • evaluation 
  • programming in graphical and text environments 
  • number representation (binary, hexadecimal) 
  • Von Neumann architecture and the ‘fetch, decode, execute’ cycle 
  • networking (addressing, routing, and security) 
  • logic gates, Boolean logic, and truth tables 

The Government funds this course for most eligible students, so you do not have to pay any fees. This bursary (funded by the Department for Education) can help towards your study. When you complete this course, you’ll be expected to go directly into an ITT course to work towards your QTS.  

Course lead

The course lead is Cynthia Selby. Cynthia is a senior teaching fellow in the Southampton Education School and is highly experienced in teaching computing and computer science at secondary and post-16 institutions. Learn more by visiting Cynthia’s staff profile

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Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.