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Key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science certificate

Certificate awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Funded by the Department for Education, this professional development programme for teachers leads to a nationally recognised certificate in key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science subject knowledge.

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

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 working in state-funded education, you will also be eligible to apply for a subsidy to support supply cover for professional development, paid to your school or college.

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 certificate

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Develop your teaching further

Develop your pedagogy and leadership skills alongside increasing your subject knowledge with our Teaching secondary computing certificate.

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Helen Brant
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Julie Simmons
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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.”

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Leroy David
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