Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (PGCert)

This newly developed part-time course has been designed for teachers of the new GCSE or A-level computing/computer science syllabuses.

It focuses on three key areas of development: programming (software development), database systems and emerging computing technologies. This practical course will develop your skills in a number of areas and the key skills and techniques of computational thinking and problem-solving are emphasised throughout.



You will gain a firm foundation in the principles of object-oriented programming, design and testing, understand the role of database systems in information management as well as the theoretical and practical issues that influence the design and implementation of database management, systems and languages.

You will also explore the emerging and future technologies in computing such as investigating novel application areas and environments where computing can be potentially beneficial.

Key facts

  • Develop essential computational problem solving skills
  • Design and develop  Java programmes
  • You will be able to administer commercially operated database environments to the requirements of education and industry
  • Future and emerging technologies is a fast moving subject and the course will continue to evolve to reflect new developments in this area
  • Taught by research-active practitioners, part of the Centre for Creative and Applied Research for the Digital Society (CARDS)

Course content

The course is made up of 3 modules:

  • Introduction to Programming (Software Development)
  • Computational Thinking and Database Systems
  • Future and Emerging Technology

The course fits around the school year, on a day block basis. Three days are taught during the February half-term, four days over the Easter holiday, three days during the next half-term and five days early in the summer holiday. Teaching is over 15 days in total, 9am-6pm each day. Self-directed’ study and tutorial support will be available online throughout.

You will learn programming techniques and develop software solutions, gain the skills required to create maintain and interrogate a relational database management system and critically analyse the legal, ethical and cultural implications for emerging and future technologies.  This practical course involves tasks such as; using software tools, writing, compiling, executing, testing and debugging complex programs, performing data manipulation and data retrieval operations using SQL,PL/SQL as well as defining modifying and deleting tables and views, and evaluating the consequences of such actions.


Introduction to Programming (Software Development)

  • Principles of software design
  • Problem solving techniques; Introduction to a programming language such as Java Control Structures; Assignment and arithmetic
  • Subprograms and modularity
  • Data structures
  • File handling
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Testing and documentation
  • Programming paradigms

Computational Thinking and Database Systems

  • Database systems: database approach, database environment, database development lifecycle, the relational model
  • Database development: normalisation, logical data structure design, physical design, implementation
  • Database management: access mechanisms, transaction management, security and control, ethical and legal issues, administration, future trends

Future and Emerging Technology

  • Research, review and analysis of current and emerging Computing technologies e.g. VOIP, biometrics, wireless and mobile communication, Internet of Things
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Emerging computer networking architectures e.g. Zigbee, semantic web
  • Forecasting techniques and predictive research methodology
  • Legal, ethical and cultural issues in future and emerging computing applications
  • Futurology in the field of computing

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the course you will have gained a range of new skills suited to teaching the new GCSE and A Level Computer Sciences courses and as such as these skills will be essential to your career development.

Employability & assessment


Glyndŵr University is committed to ensuring all of our graduates are well-equipped for the world of work. Click here to read more about the success of our employability support.


There will be a range of assessment methods. Practical work will form part of the assessment.

Students will be assessed through a combination of written material and practical exercises on computing hardware and software, together with both individual and group work.  The emphasis will always be on the educational aspects and applications of the technologies covered.

Meet the team

John Davies
Senior Lecturer in Computing
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Bindu Jose
Senior Lecturer in Computing

John Worden
Principal Lecturer in Computing
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Professor Vic Grout
Academic Head of Computing
Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise
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Entry Requirements & Applying

Entry Requirements

The course has been designed for computer science teachers. Normally students are expected to hold a teaching qualification.

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team here.

Applying for the course

If you would be applying as a Home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Course Duration & Fees

Course Duration


This programme is run on the Wrexham campus on an intensive block basis, two to fivedays at a time, during half-terms and holidays, for 15 days in total.  9am-6pm each day.  Couse delivery will be through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions.  Online support from staff for assignment work is available between blocks and students will make full use of the Wrexham Glyndwr Moodle system.


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages

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