BCS teaching scholarships

BCS, in partnership with the DfE offer £27,500 tax free scholarships to outstanding candidates that are looking to inspire the next generation of Computer Scientists.

Since 2013, we have offered teacher training scholarships to individuals that aspire to be Computer Science teachers. To date the scheme has proved a remarkable success, with more than 1,400 applications over five years.

Scholarship benefits

Each Scholarship is worth £27,500 (tax free), and we intend to award around 120 Scholarships this year. The funding is supplied by the Department for Education and is paid in instalments over your year of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your course will need to lead to your gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Secondary school level. This scheme is intended for those that start a Computing ITT course in September or October of 2018.

We will also provide your first year of Associate Membership of BCS (AMBCS) free, along with dedicated workshops and support throughout your initial teacher training year.

"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

Support for existing teachers

The Scholarship scheme is one of our activities designed to support the building of teaching capacity 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 provides 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.