Bournemouth Poole & Dorset Teacher Training Partnership Computing (222G)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The purpose of the Computing training programme is to help you to become a good teacher of Computer Science. You will be encouraged to engage in a variety of activities in order to develop your own understanding, and will be supported in your use of different strategies for effective Computer Science teaching.

a) To enable you to meet the objectives of the course towards the PGCE qualification and to show that you have achieved the standards which lead to being awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) b) To prepare you to teach broadly across the whole Computing curriculum for pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4, and to experience some post-16 specialist teaching. c) To interact with the Professional Studies programme in developing your understanding of the whole role of the teacher. d) To provide you with knowledge of the basic areas fundamental to the teaching of Computer Science e) To help you plan, deliver and evaluate a variety of lessons effectively and develop a variety of styles and techniques for use within the classroom f) To give you the opportunity to discover your own personal qualities and talents as a teacher of Computer Science g) To encourage reflection and critical evaluation of your practice and that of others, in order to improve the quality of your teaching h) To help you to understand the context of Computing within your school i) To help you develop classroom management skills j) To enable you to become a professional colleague of other teachers

You will have a series of subject pedagogy sessions in which you will develop some key skills, ideas and concepts of Computer Science teaching. These will take place fortnightly. The majority of these sessions will take place at the Lead School for Computing (currently Twynham School, Christchurch) although some will take place at other locations as appropriate.

You will be able to share practice and discuss critically the progress you are making. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow trainees and other colleagues, to develop new ideas and improve as teachers of Computer Science.

Within your placement schools you will also follow a school-based subject pedagogy programme. This will be the focus for your work with your Subject Tutors in the two schools to which you are allocated. For each week of the course there is identified a particular focus on which you should concentrate.

School placements

The course runs for 37 weeks from September to July. During this time, trainees will spend the majority of their time (30 weeks) in school and a total of 7 weeks will be spent on central training covering both professional and subject-based themes, and academic sessions linked to the award of the PGCE.

The teaching programme in school is based on 2 placements. In the Autumn term in the first school, this commences with lesson observations and builds gradually to a maximum of a 50% teaching commitment by Christmas. Trainees spend the Spring & Summer term in their main school, which will provide a contrast to their first school. During this phase the teaching commitment will be around 60%, increasing slightly in the Summer term to a maximum of around 70% of a timetable.

The BPD course is a KS3&4 (11-16) training programme. However, where possible trainees will be offered experience of post-16, whether as an observer or as a teacher of part of a lesson or a sequence of lessons if appropriate. At least one of the placements will be in an 11-18 or 13-18 school.

School placements are arranged on behalf of trainees and where possible such aspects as home location and travel are taken into account when allocating schools. Although the partnership consists of 18 schools, it should be noted that not all schools have the capacity to offer placements in all subjects.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site (Avon Campus) - Central Training.
Avon Campus, Redvers Road, Christchurch, BH23 3AU
Twynham School - Subject Training
Sopers Lane, Christchurch, BH23 1JF

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

If your degree is not closely related to computing, it is expected that you will have a good pass at A level (or other Level 3 course) and be prepared to complete a SKE

Your degree subject should be in computing or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English.

We will advise on appropriate acceptable equivalency tests

Personal qualities

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the Partnership applies the following criteria to judge whether an applicant may be offered a place on the course: a) The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English b) Some practical experience or similar recent connection with young people c) Details of appropriate referees who will provide confirmation of the applicant’s suitability for teaching d) The ability to cope with the demands of an exacting profession e) Evidence of appropriate levels of commitment and motivation for successful study, including the intellectual capacity for academic study at Masters’ level

Other requirements

Candidates who are successful at interview will also be required to demonstrate: a) that they have no criminal convictions which might prevent them from working with children or young people, or as a teacher b) that they are physically and mentally fit to teach, and are capable of undertaking a course of study to become a qualified teacher

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Bournemouth Poole & Dorset Teacher Training Partnership is a consortium of 18 secondary schools working in close partnership. Our partnership schools extend from Swanage in the west to Lymington on the edge of the New Forest in the east. The Partnership is led by Twynham Learning, located in the historic harbour town of Christchurch. The Partnership offers a full-time one-year course running from September-July. Successful completion of this course brings with it the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) with a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) validated by the University of Reading.

A distinctive feature of the BPD course is the focus on carefully staged and appropriately supervised practical classroom experience within two secondary schools, which is further supported by academic and professional study via central training. All partner schools have experience of Initial Teacher Training and a good record of pupil progress and achievement.

Currently the BPD Partnership offers SCITT training in the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, MFL, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, Art & Design, Religious Education, Business Studies, Drama & Dance/Performance. We also offer the P.E. with EBacc programme.

If you are looking for a training course which is grounded in practical classroom experience then the school-centred route is ideal for you. Our trainees have a very high success rate in completion and moving onto employment, with the majority of those gaining employment working in the local area where many gain rapid promotion.

Interview process

Upon receipt of your application, the BPD Partnership will consider each candidate according to the selection criteria described above. Applicants are not expected to fulfil all of the additional requirements, but should be aware that these criteria will be applied in determining whether an applicant will be called to interview. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally be informed within 30 days of the receipt of their application.

Interviews will take place at the relevant lead school and will include the opportunity to observe teaching. There will also be a number of tasks including a subject-based assessment, and a pupil interaction activity. Candidates will complete a subject knowledge audit in advance of the interview. The exact format of the day will be determined by the number of candidates being interviewed and the timetable of the lead school for that day. The day will conclude with a formal panel interview, and applicants will be informed within 48 hours of the decision. The selection panel will take the evidence from all aspects of the day into consideration in making their judgement. Unsuccessful candidates will be offered feedback and a debrief on their application.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

There is access for people with disabilities, although not all schools offering placements are able to cater for people with disabilities in all subjects due to the architecture and layout of school departments. Please contact the Partnership Office if you wish to discuss this aspect further.

Contact this training provider

Avon Campus, Twynham TGS
Redvers Road
BH23 3AU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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