Computer Science

About this course

The Altius Alliance will ensure that you are trained, coached and mentored by experienced, highly effective practitioners and Specialist leaders of Education (SLEs) to achieve QTS and a PGCE (SCITT).

All trainees undertake at least one of their three assessed placements at a Laurus school.

The Computing Department at Cheadle Hulme High School consists of three members of staff, two of which are specialist teachers who are also members of C.A.S. The department, which is very committed in establishing the new Computing curriculum, is led by a Subject Leader who has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the department.

The Computing department is well equipped, there are three dedicated computing labs where each lab has between 30 and 34 PCs. The operating system used in school is Microsoft Windows 10 and the department has a range of physical computing resources including two class sets of Raspberry Pis and Microbits so that KS3 students have the opportunity of learning with the latest technology. Each computing lab has an electronic whiteboard. The department has the support of the school’s team of six IT technicians, including a Network Manager and the E-Learning Manager. There is also an administration assistant who supports the department on a daily basis with all administrative tasks. The department has its own office which provides staff with a work area away from their normal classroom.

All students from years 7-9 study computing and have the opportunity of learning:

  • E-safety
  • Hardware and Software
  • How to program using Microbits
  • How to create a website using HTML
  • How to create computer games using Scratch
  • How networks operate

Students also have the opportunity of applying to be a Computing Ambassador and the department also runs extra-curricular sessions, which are open to all students, to allow them to develop their computing skills, such as using Python, Raspberry Pi etc. There is also a Tech Team linked to the department which gives students the opportunities to be involved in the purchase and evaluation of new technology here at CHHS.

At GCSE we follow the OCR GCSE in Computer Science and have a good track record. GCE Computing has been taught at KS5 since September 2015.

We welcome trainee teachers; the department has assisted with the training and development of trainees for several years.


The course:

The course runs from September to the end of June.

All of the time is spent in schools (apart from 4 days at university to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (SCITT).

  • The course comprises:
  • Generic teacher training
  • Computing pedagogy programme – reflecting the KS3 and KS4 content outlined above
  • SEND with mental health programme
  • Three assessed teaching placements
  • Enhancement placements – at SEND school and Post 16 placement (unassessed)
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • PGCE (SCITT) with 60 Masters credits



QTS: This is an evidence based course where trainees are required to maintain and submit files of evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE). These files comprise school experience files, formal lesson observations, pedagogy tasks, specific generic and curriculum-based tasks.

PGCE (SCITT): Two assignments (5000 words each) at Masters level.

‘The SCITT has an excellent reputation for producing NQTs who are confident and competent teachers.’ (Ofsted 2017)


How to apply

Please apply via the UCAS website>

UCAS code: 359Z

Entry Requirements

Computer Science, Information Technology

You should be a graduate with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

Degree should have at least 50% in a subject related to computer science or information technology. In exceptional cases, an unrelated degree may be acceptable if there is extensive employment in the computer science or computing industries. Candidates with experience in business and industry, particularly where this work has enhanced your knowledge, skills and understanding in computing are welcome.