Training to teach computing

Now is a great time to become a computing teacher. With more children in schools learning about programming and information technology, the subject is playing a more important role than ever before. You could be eligible for a generous training bursary of £25,000 or a prestigious £27,500 scholarship. There’s even plenty of support available before you apply. You’ll receive free tailored advice from a dedicated teaching expert, who will answer all your teaching-related questions and help you throughout your application - when you register with us

Applications for teacher training are open

As a computing teacher, you’ll:

  • be in demand; with record numbers of students opting to take computing at GCSE level
  • help young people develop skills to succeed and excel in thriving creative industries
  • contribute to a subject of growing importance to industry and society

Your training will enable you to introduce young minds to the fundamentals of computing, all the way up to learning brand new programming languages. As a result, you’ll be able to plan exciting lessons that enable you to develop young people’s understanding of programming, publishing and other skill sets.

At the end of successfully completing teacher training, you’ll gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England.  Additionally, all university-led courses will offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), and so do most school-led courses - you can check if a course provides a PGCE on UCAS Teacher Training.

In return, you’ll get a competitive starting salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London. You'll also have lots of opportunities for rapid career progression and pay increases.

Enhance your subject knowledge 

Last year nearly 40% of trainees in eligible subjects completed additional subject training to enable them to start teacher training. If you don’t have a computing degree, or need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training. During the course, you could get a SKE bursary of up to £2,400 for a shorter course of 8-12 weeks and up to £5,600 for a 28-week course – find out more


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Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.