The BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching is a professional qualification, accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
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 into the new National Curriculum for primary and secondary schools in 2014, many serving teachers were expected to teach this new subject despite having no previous training in the subject. The Certificate is designed to support primary and secondary school teachers as you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver this new subject. It provides valuable professional recognition for your achievement.
Examples of teachers who have found the professional qualification useful include;
· Secondary school teachers who have come to computer science teaching via another subject, 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, teaching practice, engagement of pupils and understanding of the curriculum requirements.
How do I do it?
The Certificate is achieved through distance and blended learning approaches. You submit your work via our online Certificate Learning Environment and your allocated e-Assessor will review it at each submission stage; proposal, draft, final and provide formative feedback via the CLE so that you can improve it to achieve the required standard. There are no lectures to attend or exams to pass!
We know serving teachers are busy so you have up to a year from enrolment to complete the certificate. Some teachers complete it within a few months but others, who maybe learning a new programming language, will take the full 12 months.
There are three parts to the achieving the Certificate, designed to develop and acknowledge your programming skills and as a reflective learner and practitioner. The order of completion is up to you in agreement with your e-assessor via your initial plan.
How do I get support for my learning?
Computing at School provide lots of local support through their CAS Hub Leaders, Master Teachers, CPD events and resources. Membership is free so if you are not already a member, join up to see what other local support there is for you.
You can also choose to achieve the Certificate through the Guided Route which provides more support for primary and secondary teachers with online webinars and tutorials to guide you through acquiring the programming skills to help you successfully complete your assessment projects. Plus you can discuss your ideas with your peers and your e-tutor through 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 on the Certificate Learning Environment.
How is it assessed?
· Evidence based
· Real life projects that are relevant to your teaching practice
· No exams
Part One - Your reflections on the impact of at least 20 hours of relevant and recent CPD
Part Two - 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.
Part Three – 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.