Computing applicants will normally have a 2:2 degree or above in a related subject in order to be accepted but relevant experience will be taken into consideration. A logical mind and experience in some aspect of computer science, such as web design or programming, are useful although candidates who demonstrate the willingness to learn are also considered.
Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their knowledge and possess a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from ages 11-18 with the possibilities of this dynamic and ever-changing subject.
A fully funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is available to boost subject knowledge before starting the course. This is online and varies in length depending on the depth of knowledge required.
Trainees come together with Rich Williams, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of computing. It is an opportunity to learn from Rich, other visiting experts and each other, sharing highs and lows, resources and lesson ideas. Extensive use is made of the Pathway Wiki to communicate as a group and share extensive resources.
Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips that enrich pupils’ learning. Pathway visits have included The BETT Show and Bletchley Park, investigating both future and historical technologies.
Subject sessions normally take place at Berkeley Green UTC on a Thursday afternoon.
Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course. By the end of September, trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December. There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas. In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school. There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement. The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.
SGS Berkeley Green UTC
Rich is Assistant Headteacher at SGS Berkeley Green UTC and also leads the Cyber Security & Digital faculty. He has taught Computing for 8 years, with subject leadership responsibility for the past 5 years. He has extensive experience as a subject mentor and has previously led computer science initial teacher education programmes for several universities in the Bristol and Bath area. Rich is passionate about pedagogy and the development of evidence-informed practice. Rich is an Honorary Teaching Fellow with the University of Bristol.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has teacher training scholarships worth £28,000 available to computer science trainees starting their teacher training in the 2019/20 academic year. The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.
BCS is looking for outstanding individuals who are passionate about computing and have the potential to become inspirational teachers. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of school-level computer science. Scholars will have access to BCS membership and early career mentoring opportunities with schools, universities and major employers. Visit the BCS website to view the full eligibility criteria and register your interest.
- A Computing degree (or equivalent) or a related subject.
- Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.
- Degree at 2:2 or above.
- Involvement with young people in some capacity.
- An awareness of issues in Computing education.
Routes & Course Codes
|Institute Code||SCITT||School Direct||QTS Only||PGCE with QTS|
|26P||Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (School Direct)||38R9|
|14B||Balcarras School (School Direct)||39JB||39JC|
|1ZB||Odyssey TSA (School Direct)||2RPZ||2RQ2|
|2EH||Cotswold Teaching School Partnership (School Direct)||33XL||33S2|