Computing Teacher training options

There are two routes into teaching computing. You can study a four-year degree that combines education with Business Studies and Computing Science (or Computing Science and Maths) or take a one-year computing PGDE course following an undergraduate degree. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.

Bursary for Computing teaching courses in Scotland

There are bursaries available for those who have been working for at least three of the last five years and have already studied for a degree in Computing. Get more information about what could be available to you here.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Computing at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

Alternate routes into teaching

These routes offer a little more flexibility in order to encourage diversity in the profession:

I switched from a career as an electrical engineer to become a Computing teacher after being made redundant. I found the job security very attractive and I also knew I would enjoy the social aspect of teaching, the interaction with pupils, and the variety that their personalities bring to my work.

Ian Power - Computing Teacher at Auchinleck Academy

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