The BCS Teaching Scholarship
Computing Teacher Training Scholarships increased to £27,500
Interested in Computing? Want to apply for a teaching scholarship?
BCS Academy have big plans for the future. Our vision is for every secondary school to have inspiring and motivating Computing teachers. Students who are inspired by their teachers are more motivated to go on to accomplish amazing things and by ensuring students have an intellectually rigorous, exciting and inspiring Computing education that motivation will stay with them both into their further education and into their professional career.
Do you have the drive and expertise to push improvement in the quality of computer science teaching in schools?
2014 brought about many changes in the English curriculum. The move away from traditional ICT to a focus on establishing Computer Science as a foundation subject alongside Maths and the sciences has now led to more incentives being available for those who may be considering going into teaching computing.
What can BCS offer?
Since 2013 BCS has been working in partnership with the Department for Education to offer a teaching scholarship aimed at creating the next generation of Computing teachers for our secondary schools. To date, the scheme has proved a great success with more than 1000 applications over the four years it has been running.
So what does it take?
Applications are welcome from both recent graduates or from those who may be considering a change of career. For recent graduates all we ask is that you have obtained a minimum of a 2.2 in a Computer Science or Maths degree, or another degree and are engaged upon a Computer Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.
We will also consider candidates who may have a STEM degree with significant computing content such as Electronic Engineering, or a non-STEM degree but with extensive professional experience in a computing industry, for example a History graduate who moved into a Computer Science career with many years of computing experience through their work.
You will also need to obtain, or go on to obtain a place on an ITT course leading to Computing/Computer Science initial QTS at secondary level in England.
The scheme is backed by major employers including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Goldman Sachs, BT, HP, Metaswitch Networks, Toshiba, Ocado, Morgan Stanley, comparethemarket.com and Citrix and as part of our support we will help broker informal mentoring and development opportunities with schools, universities and major employers.
Each scholarship is worth £27,500 (tax-free) with the funding supplied by the Department for Education, paid in instalments over the year whilst engaged in an initial teacher training (ITT) course leading to initial qualified teacher status (QTS) at secondary level. We will also provide Associate membership of BCS (AMBCS) free for the first year and run dedicated workshops to support our scholars.