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Subject knowledge certificate

Certificate awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Computer Science Accelerator is a professional development programme for teachers, funded by the Department for Education, leading to a national certificate in computer science subject knowledge.

The programme will help you develop or refresh your subject knowledge up to GCSE, with bursary funding available for state-funded schools and colleges to support your learning.

Who is eligible?

  • current and aspiring computing teachers
  • suitable for all abilities, from little or no experience in teaching computer science to experienced teachers looking to deepen their subject knowledge

How do I get started?

Choose a pathway

Are you an aspiring computer science teacher, or are you unsure which courses support your development objectives? Our learning pathways are designed for teachers at different levels and provide a set of recommended courses to help you get started.

You can also tailor your learning, selecting from our wide range of courses to increase your subject knowledge.

This may be a good option if you are self-motivated and already have a good understanding of computer science.

Browse our courses

How much does it cost?

There are no fees to pay for teachers in England who work in state-funded schools and colleges and trainee teachers, supply teachers or teachers returning to the state sector.

If you are a teacher in state-funded education, you will also be eligible to apply for bursary funding to support your learning, paid to your school or college. Deferred bursaries are also available for teachers who do not currently work in state education who meet our eligibility criteria.

Enrol on the programme

  1. Enrol with the click of a button
  2. Complete a questionnaire to assess your subject knowledge
  3. Participate in a mix of courses to suit your experience
  4. Pass a short test to receive your qualification

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Useful documents

CS Accelerator Handbook

GCSE specifications to Computer Science Accelerator course map (September 2020)

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