Eligibility

To apply you will need to:

a) Confirm you are an EU national and whether you have been an EU resident for the past 3 years or more.

b) Have obtained, or to go on to obtain, a place on an ITT course leading to Computing / Computer Science initial QTS at Secondary level in England.

For all applicants, please be aware scholarship funding is not available for trainees who want to take up a teacher training place, on a course that leads to QTLS.

QTLS is for further education (post-16) and you cannot obtain QTLS if you are on a course for pre-16. You must be intending to take up a training place on a secondary teaching course that leads to QTS (pre-16), to receive scholarship funding and you are not eligible for funding if you plan to take up a place on a QTLS course.

c) Fulfil the BCS criteria for subject knowledge to qualify as a specialist Computing teacher. This will require you to possess either:

  • A Computer Science (UCAS code G400) or Maths degree;
  • another degree, and be engaged in a Computer Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course;
  • A STEM degree with significant Computing content - eg. Electronic Engineering;
  • A non-STEM degree, and have extensive professional experience in a Computing industry

d) Have a good academic record at university, meaning you:

  • are likely to achieve a 1st, 2.1 or a 2:2 degree (your BCS Scholarship will be offered to you on condition of your achieving one of those grades);
  • already possess a 1st, a 2:1 or a 2.2 degree;
  • already possess an overseas degree with a grade that is recognised as equivalent to at least a 2:2 UK degree classification**.

e) Have not previously applied for a Scholarship in the same academic year.

**If you have an overseas degree, you must be able to demonstrate that it is equivalent to at least a 2:2 UK classification. You may be able to have this verified by NARIC. We also use an overseas degree comparison chart published by the DfE.

Additional eligibility information

The eligibility criteria for matches the DfE’s criteria for teacher-training bursary funding. In addition to the above, you will also need to meet the training bursary criteria. We do not pay Scholarships to people receiving government bursaries.

Our Scholarships are not available to those wishing to follow salaried School Direct or Teach First teacher-training schemes. These ITT routes are employment-based schemes so are not eligible for Scholarship or bursary funding.

BCS Scholarships do not cover tuition fees, so you may need to check your eligibility for a tuition-fee loan.

You will need to be qualified as a home student in order to pay tuition fees via your training provider. For further details about meeting the criteria for qualifying as a home student, please visit the UKCISA website.

We recommend you to apply for your ITT course as early as possible, so that you can clarify any eligibility queries with your training provider.