What is it?
The BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching is a professional qualification, accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Is it for me?
When Computer Science was introduced in 2014 into the new National Curriculum for Primary and Secondary schools, many serving teachers were expected to teach this new subject despite having no previous training in it. The Certificate is designed to support Primary and Secondary school teachers as they develop the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver this new subject. It provides valuable professional recognition for their achievement.
Examples of teachers who have found this professional qualification useful include:
- Secondary school teachers who have come to Computer Science teaching via another subject (e.g. Media, P.E. Geography, Business Studies)
- IT teachers converting or extending their teaching to include Computer Science
- Teachers with degrees in Computer Science or a related degree who want to update their programming skills
- Primary school teachers leading computing, developing and embedding the curriculum in their schools
- CAS Master Teachers supporting teachers to develop their computing and teaching skills
We have great feedback from teachers taking the Certificate, saying it improves their confidence and teaching practice, the engagement of pupils, and an understanding of the
How do I do it?
The Certificate is achieved through distance- and blended-learning approaches. Work is submitted via our online Certificate Learning Environment and the allocated e-assessor will review it at each submission stage (proposal, draft and final), providing formative feedback via the CLE and thereby enabling its improvement to the required standard. There are no lectures to attend or exams to pass!
We know serving teachers are busy, so there is up to a year available, from enrolment, to complete the Certificate. Some teachers will complete it within a few months whereas others, who might be learning a new programming language, will take the full twelve.
There are three parts to achieving the Certificate, designed to develop and acknowledge a person's skills in programming as a reflective learner and practitioner. The order of completion is up to the learner, in agreement with their e-assessor via an initial plan.
How do I get support for my learning?
Computing at School provides lots of local support through its CAS Hub Leaders and Master Teachers, and the CPD events and resources they provide. Membership is free, so if you are not already a member, join up to see what other local support is there for you.
You can also choose to achieve the Certificate through the Guided Route, which provides more support for Primary and Secondary teachers, offering online webinars and tutorials to guide you through the acquisition of programming skills, which will help you successfully complete your assessment projects. Also, you can discuss your ideas with your peers and your e-tutor via secure online forums.
What if I already have lots of experience?
The Independent Route to achieving the Certificate recognises your prior learning and provides you with a self-directed way of achieving the Certificate. You will still be assigned an e-assessor and will receive formative feedback and guidance on the evidence you submit for assessment. All the guidance, instructions and exemplars are available through the Certificate Learning Environment.
How is it assessed?
- Evidence based
- Real-life projects that are relevant to your teaching practice
- No exams
Your reflections on the impact of at least 20 hours of relevant and recent CPD.
A relevant and working programming project demonstrating skills beyond the Key Stage at which you teach (KS3 for Primary school teachers) and a standard equivalent to an A/A* pass at GCSE.
Action-research classroom project analysing a pedagogical strategy you have used to teach the Computing curriculum.
At each stage you submit a plan and a draft of your project and receive formative feedback from your e-assessor, before submitting your final assignments.
When can I start?
- There are six bi-monthly enrolment dates in September, November, January, March, May and July.
- The next start date is the 5th September 2017; the deadline for applications is 29th August 2017.
- More details about the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching can be found at www.bcs.uk/teachingcertificate or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org