Apply for a BCS Teaching scholarship

Apply for a BCS Teaching scholarship

by Academy Admin
Applications for 2016/2017 will open early November, please register your interest in the meantime.

BCS has big plans for the future. Our vision is for every secondary school to have outstanding Computing teachers. We want to ensure students have an intellectually rigorous, inspiring and excellent Computing education that equips them for progression into further education and a professional career.

The last few years have brought about many changes in the curriculum with the move away from traditional ICT to a focus on establishing Computer Science as a foundation subject and this in turn has led to more incentives being available for those who may be considering going into teaching.

Do you think you have the potential to become an effective leader and develop the professional competencies of others? Or do you know someone who may be interested in a £27,500 tax free scholarship? Or are you simply a teacher and would like an extra teacher in your department for free and are willing to support a trainee teacher through a school centred initial teacher training scheme?

If so then one of our teaching scholarships may be of interest to you!

What can BCS offer?

Since 2013 BCS has been in partnership with the Department of 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 one thousand applications over the four years it has been running. We have worked with over 130 schools and major employers such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Goldman Sachs, BT, HP, Metaswitch Networks, Toshiba, Ocado, Morgan Stanley, and Citrix.    

"Giving young people a solid grounding in computing from an early age is a key part of our plan for education" Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education

Scholarship benefits

Each scholarship will be 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. This scheme is for those that start their initial teacher training course in Sept/Oct 2017.

We will also provide Associate membership of BCS (AMBCS) free for the first year and run dedicated workshops to support our scholars.

We will award around 120 scholarships this year and we will broker informal mentoring and development opportunities with excellent schools, universities and major employers.

Want to hear more?

Hear more from our scholars.

"The introduction of Computer Science into the curriculum is an exciting prospect that will allow students to gain invaluable knowledge and skills for their futures" Gary Morrissey, BCS scholar. Read more

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Please refer to the following sections for further information:


The application and selection process

Frequently asked questions

How to apply - including our application schedule

Pre-application checklist

Applications for our scholarships open in early November

Support for existing teachers

The scholarship scheme is one of our activities designed to support capacity building in schools. In addition to encouraging new Computing teachers to the profession we also recognise the need to provide support to existing teachers and to help them with the transition from the ICT curriculum to the new Computing curriculum. With our partners at Computing at School (CAS) we have created a Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. The Network will provide this support by brokering CPD activities between teachers and university computing departments. The Network is supported by a range of partners such as the Department for Education (DfE), Microsoft, Google, the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), OCR and AQA. Further detail about the Network of Excellence.Support for existing teachers

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