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Subject knowledge certificate

Certificate awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Welcome to Computer Science Accelerator

Computer Science Accelerator is a flexible professional development programme designed to give you the subject knowledge and confidence to teach GCSE computer science.

Download the CSA brochure and find out what you need to do as part of the programme and how to get started.

The programme is suitable for current or aspiring teachers of GCSE computer science, and offers support to teachers from all backgrounds.

Programme benefits

  • gain the subject knowledge required to teach the GCSE curriculum with confidence and drive attainment in your school
  • access a network of on and offline support to guide you through your professional development journey
  • obtain a professionally-recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • map your professional development to the GCSE computer science specifications (September 2020) from AQA, OCR, and Pearson Edexcel.

Learning pathways for teachers

Our learning pathways will help you to get started and offer a structured route through the programme based on your level of experience. Once you have identified your pathway please browse our courses to book online.

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Funding your programme

The programme is free to teachers working in state-funded education across all phases and all subjects, including trainee teachers, supply teachers, and teachers returning to the state sector.

Teachers working in state-funded education are also eligible for bursary funding, paid to your school or college. If you’re a supply teacher, returning teacher, or trainee teacher, you’ll need to claim your bursary within the academic year once you have gained full employment within the state sector.

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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“We’re teaching kids to use technologies that don’t exist yet for problems that they don’t know. It’s going to be a completely different world when they leave school.”

Helen Brant

Helen Brant
Music teacher

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“The hard work paid off and studying has made me feel confident teaching computer science. I’m now part of an exciting future.”

Julie Simmons

Julie Simmons
English teacher

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“I definitely feel more confident as I have picked up a range of skills and techniques that I will be able to use within my classroom and also to enhance my subject knowledge.”

Leroy David

Leroy David
Computer science teacher

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