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Data and computer systems in GCSE computer science

CP201 Face to face course

Help your students understand computer systems, binary code and processor performance.

Key stage 4
Face to face course 2 days

  • Newbury 24 February—25 February 2020
  • Congleton 25 February—19 March 2020
  • Birmingham 28 February—3 April 2020
  • London 3 March—26 March 2020
  • Cambridge 3 March—9 June 2020
  • Reading 5 March—30 June 2020
  • Ringwood 6 March—27 March 2020
  • Bingley 9 March—30 March 2020
  • Birmingham 9 March—26 March 2020
  • Exeter 12 March—23 April 2020
  • Slough 16 March—30 March 2020
  • Ormskirk 19 March—2 April 2020
  • Pickering 19 March—2 April 2020
  • Leicester 19 March—27 March 2020
  • Cambridge 24 March—19 May 2020
  • Brampton 26 March—27 April 2020
  • London 4 April—20 April 2020
  • Cambridge 14 April—17 April 2020
  • Bury St Edmunds 17 April—26 June 2020
  • Darlington 20 April—8 June 2020
  • Dartford 21 April—5 May 2020
  • London 21 April—5 May 2020
  • Ipswich 22 April—15 June 2020
  • Malvern 23 April—7 May 2020
  • Orpington 24 April—15 May 2020
  • Luton 27 April—12 May 2020
  • Stoke-on-Trent 29 April—18 May 2020
  • London 6 May—19 May 2020
  • Southampton 7 May—13 May 2020
  • Didcot 11 May—21 May 2020
  • Dereham 18 May—9 June 2020
  • High Wycombe 2 June—26 June 2020
  • Sale 3 June—24 June 2020
  • Maidstone 3 June—17 June 2020
  • Ashford 4 June—23 June 2020
  • Northampton 11 June—25 June 2020
  • York 25 June—2 July 2020
  • Colchester 29 June—6 July 2020
  • Dereham 2 July—14 July 2020

Computer programs are written in a language that humans understand, but what about the computer itself? Every piece of software, and the instructions and data it contains, is made up of 1’s and 0’s, pushed around the parts of a computer system.

This course opens the box, looking at the components of a computer, what they do and how they work together in computer systems. You’ll learn about the processor that sits at the centre, as well as memory, storage and the other key pieces of hardware.

Mapped closely to the specifications of GCSE computer science, the course will provide you with deepened knowledge and confidence to equip your students with for their exams.

Bursaries exist to support you through 40 hours of CPD to complete the CS Accelerator programme. If you don’t complete the programme, we reserve the right to reclaim any bursaries paid.

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education, and forms part of theComputer Science Accelerator programme.

You will gain the required knowledge to help your students:

  • know the function of the main parts of a computer system, including detailed knowledge of the processor
  • develop a firm understanding of the fetch-decode-execute cycle
  • follow how high-level programming languages translate to machine code, represented in binary
  • understand how changes to processor architecture, storage and memory affect the performance of a computer

This course is part of the Teach GCSE computer science certificate.

Teach GCSE computer science

Our certified professional development programme will equip you with the subject knowledge and confidence to successfully teach and lead GCSE computer science.

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