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Want to become a Computer Science Teacher?. Routes into Teaching Dawn Hewitson & Mark Dorling. Commonalities. Graduate Schemes. Academies. Schools Direct. Undergraduate Route. PGCE Standard Route. PGCE Flexible Route. Troops into Teaching. Teaching Schools.

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Want to become a computer science teacher

Want to become a Computer Science Teacher?

Routes into Teaching

Dawn Hewitson & Mark Dorling



Graduate Schemes


Schools Direct

Undergraduate Route

PGCE Standard Route

PGCE Flexible Route

Troops into Teaching

Teaching Schools

All routes into Teacher Training are School Based!



  • England's new academy schools can now hire unqualified teachers, after a change to the rules.

  • Government officials say this means academies will be free to hire "great linguists, computer scientists and other specialists who have not worked in state schools before"


    27th July 2012

Graduate teacher training gttr

Graduate Teacher Training (GTTR)

Some schools advertise Graduate Teacher Training Positions

  • These can be in registered teaching schools or groups of teaching schools

  • Individual schools advertise roles as an unqualified salaried position

Schools direct

Schools Direct

Schools Direct is a Brand

2 Types of Schools Direct

  • Qualified Route (PGCE supported) Partnership with University

  • Teaching Partnership with other schools (Non PGCE Route)

    Final Qualification should be checked at interview

Troops into teachers

Troops Into Teachers

TeachFirst is a brand name supporting British Troops with a desire to enter the teaching profession

This is a PGCE route into teaching for graduates or can be as part of a graduate qualification, determined by entry qualifications of entrant

Undergraduate route

Undergraduate Route

  • At the moment there are limited opportunities for prospective post A level candidates to directly enter the teaching profession in Computer Science in Education.

  • If this is a route you would like to take, you need to pursue a degree in a computer science related discipline providing programming opportunities. Then pursue a PGCE

National teaching school

National Teaching School

  • Schools working in partnership with to provide Teacher Training within a collaborative schools partnership

  • Designated as a National Teaching School

  • Variety of partners within the partnership including primary and pupil referral units.

  • Not always offering Computer Science positions

Pgce route

PGCE Route

  • 2 Routes

  • Standard Route: 1 Year Course, School Based 1 Year Course

  • 2 Possible Outcomes

  • Level 6 Credits

  • Level 7 Masters Credits (Not all Universities

  • Flexible Route: Personalised Provision, can be up to 3 Years

  • 9 Points of Entry and Exit

  • 2 Possible Outcomes

  • Level 6 Credits

  • Level 7 Masters Credits (Not all Universities

  • Designed around the needs of the Trainee

Comparison of routes

Comparison of Routes

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