Pre-application Checklist

Pre-application checklist

The following checklist has been created to help you to assess whether you are ready to apply for a BCS scholarship. The application form cannot be saved midway through so you are advised to ensure you are fully prepared before beginning your application.

  • Have you already applied for an ITT course that leads to qualified teacher status at secondary level? We strongly advise you to begin this process as soon as possible. If your initial scholarship application is successful you are likely to be asked this question during your school-based interview as it demonstrates your committment. You can apply for Computing/Computer Science ITT courses via the DfE’s Get Into Teaching website

  • Do you have any school experience? This will be an advantage should you be selected for our school interview stage. This will also likely be a requirement of securing a place on an ITT course. The Department for Education runs a school experience programme which can provide opportunities to spend some time in schools.

  • Do you have a degree of at least a 2:2 classification or above? If not, do you have a Masters or PhD? Do you have a 2:2 degree classification and can demonstrate strong subject knowledge and at least 5 years in a computing-related role.

  • Do you have the details of a suitable referee? If you have graduated within the past 3 years an academic referee would be good to use. If not, then a recent employer that can verify your experience would be equally applicable.

  • If you have a non-UK degree can you demonstrate that it is equivalent to a UK 2:2 or above? We use the following Department for Education comparison chart to check for equivalencies. If you are unsure you should apply for an ITT course and your provider will check your degree against their requirements. We can then liaise with them regarding the assessment of your degree. If you do have an overseas degree please ensure you provide us with details of the actual grade/classification that you received rather than what you feel/know it is equivalent to in UK terms.

  • Have you lived in the European Union for at least the last 3 years? You may not be eligible for a scholarship if you cannot fulfil this requirement. If you are unsure you should apply for an ITT course and your provider will conduct the necessary eligibility checks. If you manage to secure a place on an ITT course we can then progress your scholarship application.

  • Are you ready to take the Computer Science test? As part of the application form you will need to complete a 15 question multiple choice test. The questions are benchmarked against the recommended subject knowledge requirements for trainee Computing teachers. This test is not timed but you should be aware that if you take too long your browser may time out or refresh itself.