MSc

Computing in Education

Teacher and pupils using laptops
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Computing teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This course is ideal if you are a teacher or educator in a variety of subjects. It will not only improve your knowledge of new technologies and computer science, but also how to use these to enhance your classroom learning.

This course gives you the opportunity to explore issues relating to computing in education. It specifically focuses on using new technologies and digital literacy to innovate learning and improve your practice.

Why choose this course?

Recent changes to the curriculum for primary and secondary computer science has left many educational professionals with gaps in their ICT knowledge. This innovative new course aims to bridge these gaps with practical technical knowledge supported by critical analysis of computing science in education and teaching.

What you'll study

You will explore issues relating to ICT and Computing education, drawing on your own expertise and educational setting. The modular nature of the course allows you to develop your subject knowledge at a level appropriate to your needs, whether you are in a primary, secondary or tertiary education setting.

  • Module structure

    Some of the modules you can take include the following.

    Developing Digital Literacy in the Classroom

    This module examines the role and importance of digital literacy in the classroom by testing an area of your own practice to raise the digital skills or awareness of learners to support safeguarding and/or literacy skills. It looks at how you can successfully encourage learners to become digitally literate including how both you and your learners can become discerning users online, as well as critical thinkers and successful online evaluators. This module is also available as an online module allowing for distance learning.

    Computational Thinking in the Curriculum

    This module acts as an introduction to computing as a subject in schools. The module looks at what is computational thinking, the benefits of teaching computational thinking across the curriculum and how computational thinking can be taught using a variety of computer programs in the classroom. This module will help you to plan, teach and support learners to develop their logical thinking, problem solving skills and independent learning. It includes practical programming sessions. This module is also available as an multi-access module allowing for a mixture of taught and online distance learning sessions.

    Creativity and Innovation using Technology

    Focus on how to use technology to support personalised learning to enhance learners academic progression, and support learners engagement in lessons. The module looks at how to successful use a range of technology to support technology enhanced learning in the classroom, implement BYOD, how technology can support SEND learners as well as evaluating different online pedagogy, including the flipped learning approach to support engagement and academic progression across a range of subjects. This module is also available as an online module allowing for distance learning.

    Programming for the Classroom

    Study standard programming languages and their uses in more depth. This module will give you a good grasp of some of the programming languages used in the computing curriculum as well as open up new ideas on how to teach computer programming in your educational establishment.

    Engaging Learners in Computer Science

    Develop innovative strategies to teaching topics in Computer Science, such as artificial intelligence, ethics, crime and social networking. Learn to critically analyse new developments and how to engage your learners with them in the classroom.

    Anticipating and Responding to Technological Change in an Educational Setting

    Review the changes in education and technology and their impact on effective teaching and learning to support the evaluation and implementation of new technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

    Research Skills or Research in a Professional Context

    Develop your practical skills and critical understanding of research, strategies, methods and techniques.

    Dissertation

    Produce a substantial piece of academic writing around a negotiated and agreed research focus.

Course specification

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“A challenging, thoughtful course that will improve my classroom practice. Totally relevant to the new curriculum”
James Illsley

How you’re taught

This is a demanding and exciting programme that requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking and discussion alongside practical ICT sessions.

Hands-on sessions will be run in our specialist computing labs by expert tutors from both our teaching and computer science teams, giving you access to the latest thinking from both areas.

Workplace experience

You are expected to be in employed in an educational setting or have arranged access to a suitable educational environment. Therefore placements are not required.

You will undertake research and reflection within this educational environment to support module sessions and assignments.

Fit the course around your work and family life with some online modules, allowing you to complete parts of it as distance learning.

Careers and employability

We have one of the best graduate employment records in the UK because our world-class courses give you the skills today's employers need. A Masters degree is increasingly seen as both academic enhancement and a means to facilitate career progression.

The practical elements of this course will lead to technical skills highly sought after in schools, colleges and educational settings. Graduates will be skilled not only in new technologies, but also how to use these to enhance teaching and education.

Many graduates have gone on to successful careers within the education sector, pursuing senior roles, while others have continued studying to complete a Professional Doctorate, an MPhil or a PhD.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • a good UK honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university at a minimum 2.2, or extensive relevant experience, such as three years' Computing / ICT teaching or industry experience
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at minimum grade C or equivalent
  • access to an educational environment in order to complete your research and an interest in education (this would include working in a school as a teacher, teaching assistant, support assistant, or technician).

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is not required for this course.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • a good UK honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university at a minimum 2.2, or extensive relevant experience, such as three years' Computing / ICT teaching or industry experience
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at minimum grade C or equivalent
  • access to an educational environment in order to complete your research and an interest in education (this would include working in a school as a teacher, teaching assistant, support assistant, or technician).

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is not required for this course.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Tuition fees

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Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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