Our new Part-Time Computing course is an innovative, flexible, two-year part-time training programme aimed at those with family commitments, and IT professionals who are ambitious to train in the classroom but need the flexibility to remain in work. 

The course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management. Trainees will work with tutors and fellow Trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing in the 11-16 context, with post-16 enhancements. 

The subject-specific sessions will extend subject knowledge and give Trainees the skills needed to teach computer science throughout the curriculum. 

There is a national shortage of teachers who can deliver post-16 computer science qualifications. One of the aims of this course is to introduce the programming paradigms required at A-level, in particular in the delivery of the NEA programming project.  

As well as the Red Kite Hub days, as a computing trainee you will have additional training from the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). The local NCCE Computing Hub is based at Harrogate Grammar School (although most sessions will be delivered remotely) and their Computer Science GCSE Accelerator programme is integrated into the course. As well as receiving your QTS, you will obtain a professionally recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.  

The course is QTS only, as this programme has additional subject-knowledge input and more focus on practical teaching application.

Two options for study 

  • Option 1 – Trainees train two days per week throughout the two years and then complete a full-time teaching practice of 8 weeks at the end of year two in term 5 and 6 (finishing in June). This is perfect for people who need to train part-time but wish to work as a full-time teacher at the end of the programme and show employing schools that they can manage the full-time workload
  • Option 2 – Trainees will train two days per week throughout year one then 3 days per week in year two (finishing in June). This is ideal for someone who wishes to teach part-time as a teacher after graduation.Both options cost £11,000 for the two years. 

Why Part-Time Computing with Red Kite?

  • You have the power to transform lives, so we want to help you to change computing education across England. 
  • The Red Kite Secondary computing course will build on your subject knowledge and give you the skills you need to teach Computer Science at GCSE and A-Level.

  • Our specialist computing teachers have years of experience and strategies to use in the classroom. They’ll work with you to plan your lessons to make sure you’re answering the BIG questions and using key words, so students become familiar with them and what is expected of them in response.
     
  • You’ll be able to look for evidence of learning, offer constructive feedback and use questioning for depth of understanding. 
  • As well as the Red Kite Hub Days, as a computing Trainee you will have extra days based at the regional Computing Hub at Harrogate Grammar School. 
  • The NCCE Computer Science Accelerator Programme is integrated into the course and you will obtain a professionally-recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • A tax-free bursary of £26,000 (or £28,000 BCS scholarship) is available for trainee computing teachers if you have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.