Our BSc (Hon) Secondary Computing with QTS course allows you to gain degree-level knowledge of computer science, while also developing the skills needed to teach computing and ICT in secondary schools. 21-year-old student Alex Ghimici shares his experience of studying the course.
Why study BSc Secondary computing with QTS at BCU?
IT plays a significant role in our lives and I don’t see that changing any time soon. The upcoming generations will need to be comfortable using computers and I aim to transfer my knowledge through secondary school teaching.
Have you always had an interest in computing?
Since primary school, ICT was my favourite subject and I was always keen to learn new things. This passion continued through to secondary school where my teacher helped to develop my skills and often encouraged me to take part in national competitions. It was then that I realised I wanted to teach, motivate children, and give them a helping hand towards reaching their future goals.
What are some of your favourite things about the course?
The lecturers are really helpful and will always support you where they can. I have a personal development tutor who is always delighted to answer any questions and offer guidance if needed.
One thing that I found particularly useful was that even during the pandemic we had the opportunity to attend face-to-face lectures, this was really important to me socially as we were able to interact during such difficult times. Lockdown has been very draining for us all, and now my lectures have moved online, the University provides a lot of additional support to those struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
Fortunately, lockdown has had no impact on my learning. I am still attending classes and continuing with my assignments. The learning experience and support have been the same as what I received in person but with the added perk of only needing to get dressed from the waist up for lectures.
What are the campus facilities like?
The facilities at BCU are excellent. I spent much of my time on campus using the computers, there is so much software installed which also helps with my study and assignments. I also found during the pandemic that the university put a lot of time and attention into the safety of the students. Staff would do regular checks and hand sanitisers were available at every corner of the campus.
What has this course taught you about a career in teaching?
My time on the course has taught me so much about myself and I believe with my school placement approaching, I will gain more insight into my skills and strengths. The great thing about teaching is your pupils are not the only ones who learn, I will also continue to grow and acquire more knowledge.
Describe your course in three words
- Competitive - due to all of the knowledge we gain, we will be industry-ready at the end of the three years.
- Miscellaneous - the course involves many areas of computing and education, we gain wide exposure in both fields.
- Professional - the range of modules on offer will allow us to educate the next generation to a high standard.
What are your plans for the future?
After graduation, I would like to take on the role of secondary school teacher however, BSc (Hons) Secondary Computing opens doors to a variety of fields such as computing technology. This is a huge benefit as my options are countless.
Interested in studying in BSc (Hons) Secondary Computing with QTS? Discover more details on our course page.