BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Education and Qualified Teacher Status
Architecture, Computing and Engineering
This is a highly practical course which combines a thorough understanding of Computer Science with a carefully supervised programme of education theory and practice – involving regular stints in schools.
For two thirds of your time you will study alongside specialising Computer Science students as you learn the main areas of the subject. These include software engineering and programming languages, as well as computer systems, computer architecture and data structures.
In addition to the technical knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in this field, you’ll learn about the impact of technology on individuals, organisations and society.
But from your first year you will also have regular experience of working, and eventually teaching, in schools, so you will emerge ready to take up a teaching career straight away. Your progression will be carefully supported and monitored by tutors who are acutely aware of how to pace your experience.
Qualification to teach
This three-year course will qualify you to teach Computer Science in schools. There’s no need for a fourth-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education. It’s a one-stop shop.
An opportunity to learn in a work place (e.g. Schools) whilst still benefiting from the opportunities for a full student life offered by the UEL.
UEL is the only provider for this type of programme in London.
Godfrey Nii Buckle
Computer Science with Education & QTS, BSc (Hons)
I have always been interested in becoming a teacher. However, the thought of having to do a degree, followed by teacher training really put me off. So, when I saw that UEL was offering the BSc Computer Science and QTS in just 3 years, I believed that this would be an excellent opportunity for me. The quality of teaching and the hands-on teaching experience that I have gained has given me the knowledge and confidence to reach my goal of becoming a teacher. This is an excellent course if you are thinking of going into teaching.
New UCAS Points
All applicants MUST have GCSE English, Maths and Science grade A*-C.
What you'll learn
Your Computer Science modules will encourage you to apply your skills to a range of practical problems. In your first year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in computer science fundamentals, including Software Development, Networks and Web Technologies.
In your second year, you’ll learn about operating systems, databases, data science and data structures. For your final year, you’ll have the chance to specialise in areas such as mobile application development and distributed systems, as well as completing an industrially relevant project.
Meanwhile your Education modules will involve you studying Computer Science Teaching and Learning in year one, as well as spending spend six weeks working in a school.
Year two will see you researching Computer Science Learning, with another six-week school placement.
In your final year, you will conduct an Active Inquiry into an educational topic of your choice, and spend 12 weeks in a school, by which time you will be teaching pupils.
What you'll study and when
Introduction to Software Development
Introduction to Computer Systems and Networks
Introduction to Web Technologies
Computer Science Teaching and Learning
School Based Training 1: Reflections on Practice
Computing in Practice
Data Structures and Algorithms
School Based Training 2: Reflections on Practice
Researching Computer Science Learning
Mobile Application Development
School Based Training 3: Reflection on Practice
How you'll learn
Our Docklands campus has excellent computing resources, including specialised labs to study networking and operating system environments. You’ll be given software tools for programming, database development, computer-aided software engineering, internet access and web-based development.
Our teaching staff will give you a great deal of personal attention and feedback as you get to grips with the course content. You’ll have a personal tutor to oversee your progress, module leaders for different parts of the course and tutors for each year group.
You will be introduced gradually to the idea of teaching pupils Computer Science through three school based placements, the last of them for a whole term. Your first visit may involve observing and getting yourself familiar with the workings of the school. By your third-year visit, however, you will be in charge of classes.
You will benefit from doing group projects with fellow students. And you’ll also gain insights from our industrial partners through guest lectures and visits to ensure you stay on top of what this fluid industry demands.
Learning by doing
This course is highly practical, offering you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in each of your three years of study through school placements. In your final year, your placement will be for an entire term and you’ll be teaching computer science to pupils.
At UEL you’ll find plenty of other volunteering opportunities to broaden your experience - and boost your CV in the process.
You could also take your learning overseas by applying for one of our highly popular ‘Going Global’ bursaries to help fund a short study trip abroad. Recently, UEL students have taken studies as far afield as China, Brazil, India and Uganda.
Get a free Samsung tablet
Join us as an undergraduate and we’ll give you a free, brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet loaded with core e-text books for every module you study, plus links to virtual learning resources.This ground-breaking technology is open to new students starting at the University of East London. Please note that Distance Learning students are not eligible.
Your future career
The practical experience you gain on this course, and your carefully tailored programme of learning, will ensure you are ideally placed to find employment as a teacher of Computer Science.
Computer Science, which has become the focus of the national school curriculum instead of Information and Communications Technology, involves a deeper level of understanding. Using the analogy of a car – ICT means you can drive, but Computer Science means you also understand what is going on under the bonnet.
However, if you don’t want to go on to become a teacher, the depth of knowledge you will gain of the subject will allow you to pursue employment options across a wide range of other areas.
As a graduate from UEL, you will have a solid understanding of the main computer science disciplines. And our status as a Cisco Networking Academy, Microsoft IT Academy and CompTIA academy means that your degree will be widely respected.
Industries as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services all rely on computers and software to function effectively.
A computer science degree is the perfect springboard for a career in almost any sector, in addition to tech and digital industries. The kind of role you could go into includes:
- Software design
- Tech support
- Software engineering
- Network, system or database administration
- Systems architecture.