BCS Certificate

Computing At School offers a unique accreditation for teachers of Computing, which will give you professional recognition accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

I learned a lot from developing my programming skills as I prepared for the certificate and it also gave me an insight into how students will need to prepare for the OCR Controlled Assessment.” (L. Rowe, Secondary teacher)

Now I have completed the certificate I feel more confident in my Computing teaching and more involved with CAS. It’s great to be able to have something to show for all the hard work I have put into giving a full and rounded Computing curriculum.” (Jo Bradshaw, Primary teacher)

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What is involved if I wish to gain the Certificate?

This certification is perhaps different to other forms of accreditation you have come across. It is evidence-based and you complete it by putting together evidence of your classroom and subject-based skills to teach Computing in the classroom. This is professional recognition that is complementary to your other academic qualifications.

To be awarded the Certificate there are no lectures to attend, and no books to read. The Certificate is based round experiential learning, or learning by doing. It also recognises that every teacher is working in a different context and the evidence that they can present will be dependent on the environment in which they are teaching.

We have deliberately chosen not to accumulate all the evidence together into an e-portfolio as this can be daunting for teachers. Instead there are three parts to the Certificate which can be completed independently and in any order. They can be assessed in any order too. Ideally these should work with and support your day-to-day teaching.

If you are following the independent route, the first part will involve you attending professional development events such as Master Teacher training, CAS Hubs, a CAS conference etc. Attending CPD in the form of training is important, but only one aspect of professional development. In addition, teachers need to feel confident that they can apply their computer science skills and also to demonstrate their pedagogical content knowledge, that is, the skills and knowledge needed to teach computer science in the classroom.

Details on the difference between the guided route and the independent route is described here.

To achieve the Certificate you will need to submit three types of evidence:

  • Part 1: Demonstration of attendance at/participation in professional development activities
  • Part 2: Demonstration of subject knowledge skills
  • Part 3: Demonstration of an investigative approach to the pedagogy of computer science

Two versions of the Certificate are available:

  • BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Secondary)
  • BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Primary)

BCS Certificate Terms and Conditions

Additional benefits

All teachers enrolling on the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching will benefit from a year’s free membership of the Codio platform. Read more here.

For specific enquiries about the certificate, contact certificate@computingatschool.org.uk