After such fantastic results across other subjects, the SWTT Consortium has recently started training Computer Science teachers. The partnership comprises of 15 successful Secondary Schools in Devon. The Lead School is West Exe School, an 11-16 High School which has undergone a multi-million pound total redevelopment.

The School Centred Initial Teacher Training PGCE programme in Computer Science prepares students to teach in Secondary Schools. All trainees, whether coming straight from university or from an industrial/commercial background, will follow a core syllabus focusing on the knowledge and skills required to teach at Key Stage 3, 4 and beyond.

Trainees will study a wide range of Computer Science topics such as visual programming, programming languages, web programming, game design and more, which they can then put into practice at their two Secondary school placements. They will learn not only the practical skills but also the pedagogy of teaching such a complex and rapidly changing subject.

The PGCE programme aims to produce reflective teachers who are able to evaluate and further develop their own subject and teaching skills.


You must apply to join this course on the UCAS website. You will need to use the Provider Code S66 and the correct course code:

Subject Code
Computer Science 2DY2

For more information on the application process please click here.



Ben studied Computer Science at Exeter University before completing his PGCE in 2006 at South West Teacher Training the following year. Ben's career has seen him take on a variety of roles both in and out of school and since graduating from teacher training, has continued to work with South West Teacher Training on improving their highly commended electronic systems. Ben's knowledge in Computer Science is wide and varied, but he has a particular fondness for graphics, web development, app development and artificial intelligence. In 2010 Ben developed an online school reward system that is now in use by over 200 schools in 12 countries around the world, but he is still enjoying teaching at Teign School, Newton Abbot and recently became course tutor for Computer Science at SWTT.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to train the computer science teachers of tomorrow. I had the privilege of being an ICT trainee at South West Teacher Training in 2006, and have been a part in something of a revolution in my subject in recent years. There are things I learned at University that I am now teaching to my youngest students and it's amazing to see how quickly students pick up these highly complex skills. South West Teacher Training is different to other providers; we have lower student numbers, better support systems and a much more student-focussed environment, and we'd love you to consider applying to train to teach with us."