What's the difference between ICT and computing?
The way information and communication technology (ICT) is taught in schools is changing. Computing is going to become part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), to give young people a better understanding of computer programming and solutions.
To reflect these changes to the national curriculum, ICT is no longer offered as an initial teacher training (ITT) teaching subject. Instead, you can now apply for a computer science ITT programme. This will give you the tools to improve computing in schools and teach pupils how to apply their knowledge to emerging technologies.
Computing is currently offered as a GCSE in some schools and more of these courses will become available. This approach to rigorous computing teaching in schools is supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, along with Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
How do I get onto an ITT programme?
To take an ITT course, you will need to have the equivalent of at least a grade C GCSE in English and maths, plus a degree in computing or a related degree.
Providers will often look for computer science ITT candidates with a strong background in computing. Don’t worry if you lack confidence in your subject knowledge – this shouldn’t stop you from applying. You can discuss this with your chosen provider both now and at the interview stage.
ITT providers make the final decision on relevant subject knowledge. If your provider feels that you have the right qualities to become a teacher but you need to top up your subject knowledge before you start training, they will talk you through the range of subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses that are available. They will either arrange a placement or help you find a course if they don’t run one internally.
There are a number of different teacher training options available to you, so you can choose the one which most suits your own personal needs.
What financial help is available?
Computer science ITT applicants are eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £20,000. More information about bursaries can be found on our funding for postgraduate teacher training page.
The BCS will award teacher training scholarships of £25,000 for eligible computing trainee teachers. It is looking for outstanding individuals with an enthusiasm to share their knowledge; find out more and apply on the BCS website
The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.
An additional 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees based in schools where more than 35 per cent of pupils receive free school meals.
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