Computing Studies for Teachers CPD Award

Course code 99X2

What is special about this course?

This CPD Award Computing Studies for Teachers course is designed to help qualified primary and secondary school teachers develop the general knowledge and skills required to deliver the computing curriculum up to SCQF Level 3.

Set up as a part-time, rolling programme with one module being offered each semester, you will complete both of the following modules in year one:

Database & Computer Systems

This module will cover the basics of computer systems and how the various hardware and software elements interact. Subjects covered include data representation and number systems, computer structure and the environmental impact of such.

Coding and Web Technologies

This module will develop knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to modern Web Design and Software Development. Students will also learn best-practice techniques to build Websites and Web Apps using HTML and CSS in combination with a programming language to build and test software.

Although the focus of the course will be on developing skills, knowledge and understanding to teach general computing skills, you will be encouraged to explore teaching methodologies, develop and share learning activities and resources, and develop ideas on how to put these into practice.

Special features

  • The course is delivered online, so you can fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • Online discussion boards allow interaction with fellow students, tutors and peer-review submitted work
  • Induction and tutorials are facilitated through webinars and other online software
  • Course materials and assignments are designed to allow you to develop a range of teaching materials and objects that can be shared with fellow students and used in the classroom
  • You will be part of an ongoing peer group of students that support each other and keep learning materials current, to allow school pupils the most up-to-date experience and information in Computing Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants must be:

  • GTCS registered teachers
  • qualified primary or secondary school teachers
  • employed full-time or part-time within an educational setting
  • qualified to SCQF 10 or above

CPD Award

Modules are:

  • Database and computer systems
  • Coding and web technologies

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study, via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. You will also participate in scheduled tutor-led activities and discussions, facilitated through virtual classroom technology

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 1 year @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness

You can study this fully online programme from anywhere in Scotland. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI Inverness.

Start date

  • September
  • January


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Additional costs

You will need access to a computer in order to complete your coursework, as well as broadband access to allow interaction with the learning materials on the VLE. Existing UHI LIS advice on minimum computer specifications and broadband speeds should be followed.

What can I do on completion of my course?

It is expected that applicants are already qualified primary or secondary school teachers who are employed full-time or part-time within an educational setting. On completion of this course you will be able to deliver the computing curriculum up to SCQF Level 3.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Computing Studies for Teachers CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.