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Networks and cyber-security in GCSE computer science

CP202 Face to face course

Develop your knowledge of networks, computer security and guarding against threats to successfully teach your students

Key stage 4
Face to face course 2 days

  • Dartford 25 February—4 March 2020
  • Reading 25 February—17 March 2020
  • Bromsgrove 2 March—25 March 2020
  • Aylesbury 3 March—23 March 2020
  • Warrington 4 March—30 March 2020
  • Rossendale 13 March—30 March 2020
  • Warwick 16 March—30 March 2020
  • Truro 17 March—24 March 2020
  • Darlington 23 March—1 June 2020
  • Pudsey 25 March—23 April 2020
  • Birmingham 30 March—23 April 2020
  • Manchester 1 April—29 April 2020
  • Stoke-on-Trent 1 April—20 April 2020
  • Truro 21 April—28 April 2020
  • Sale 22 April—22 May 2020
  • Birmingham 24 April—22 May 2020
  • London 4 May—14 May 2020
  • Stafford 6 May—6 July 2020
  • Exeter 6 May—8 June 2020
  • Truro 19 May—2 June 2020
  • Dereham 19 May—11 June 2020
  • London 19 May—2 June 2020
  • Bingley 21 May—11 June 2020
  • Langley 2 June—9 June 2020
  • High Wycombe 2 June—26 June 2020
  • Leicester 15 June—29 June 2020
  • Ipswich 16 June—15 July 2020
  • Truro 16 June—23 June 2020
  • York 17 June—24 June 2020
  • Ormskirk 22 June—6 July 2020
  • Manchester 24 June—8 July 2020
  • Saffron Walden 30 June—15 July 2020
  • Dereham 3 July—16 July 2020
  • Ringwood 7 July—13 July 2020
  • Hatfield 27 July—28 July 2020

Networked computers, and cyber-security issues, are the focus of this two-day professional development. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the hardware and software systems that comprise networks, including the globally connected systems forming the internet. We will demystify the numerous protocols, network topologies and key applications used for data transfer between computers, and help you make learning relevant and engaging to students.

Based in this knowledge of networks, you’ll also develop your knowledge of computer security including measures to guard against a range of threats, both technical and behavioural. You’ll learn about vulnerabilities – where they come from, how they are exploited, and what can be done about them; knowledge which helps inform your students and make them safer online citizens.

Mapped closely to the specifications of GCSE computer science, the course will provide you with deepened knowledge and confidence that your students are equipped 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 the Computer Science Accelerator programme.

You will gain the required knowledge to help your students:

  • recognise the benefits and drawbacks of networked computers in a variety of wired and wireless configurations, and understand the technologies that make this possible
  • understand how data moves around networks designed around different topologies, and the factors that affect network performance
  • know the purpose of data transfer protocols including : Ethernet; Wi-Fi; TCP; IP; HTTP / HTTPS; FTP and email protocols including SMTP; IMAP and POP
  • confidently describe cyber-security threats and the vulnerabilities they aim to exploit
  • be able to apply security measures to a range of contexts, and know what can happen when these fail

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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