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Python programming essentials for GCSE computer science

CP203 Face to face course

Discover the fundamentals of programming and develop your skills to teach GCSE computer science.

Key stage 4
Face to face course 2 days

  • Bury St Edmunds 20 February—21 February 2020
  • Warwick 2 March—23 March 2020
  • York 3 March—10 March 2020
  • Maidstone 4 March—22 April 2020
  • Orpington 4 March—18 March 2020
  • High Wycombe 5 March—3 April 2020
  • Dorchester 9 March—31 March 2020
  • Liverpool 9 March—23 March 2020
  • Luton 9 March—23 March 2020
  • Ilminster 10 March—30 March 2020
  • London 10 March—31 March 2020
  • Ashford 11 March—29 April 2020
  • Langley 11 March—23 March 2020
  • Saffron Walden 11 March—25 March 2020
  • Stoke-on-Trent 12 March—26 March 2020
  • Malvern 12 March—26 March 2020
  • Harrow 14 March—28 March 2020
  • Pudsey 16 March—1 April 2020
  • Truro 16 March—23 March 2020
  • Manchester 25 March—22 April 2020
  • London 25 March—27 April 2020
  • Gillingham 31 March—28 April 2020
  • Leicester 6 April—17 April 2020
  • Hatfield 7 April—8 April 2020
  • Ipswich 20 April—20 May 2020
  • Truro 20 April—27 April 2020
  • Tamworth 27 April—11 June 2020
  • Northampton 7 May—18 June 2020
  • Exeter 13 May—19 June 2020
  • Bingley 18 May—15 June 2020
  • Didcot 18 May—4 June 2020
  • Truro 18 May—1 June 2020
  • Ormskirk 21 May—11 June 2020
  • High Wycombe 1 June—25 June 2020
  • Chipping Norton 1 June—29 June 2020
  • Dereham 1 June—15 June 2020
  • Clacton-on-Sea 3 June—12 June 2020
  • Gateshead 4 June—29 June 2020
  • Sale 12 June—3 July 2020
  • Wolverhampton 12 June—2 July 2020
  • Northampton 12 June—26 June 2020
  • Penrith 12 June—2 July 2020
  • Truro 15 June—22 June 2020
  • York 16 June—23 June 2020
  • Ringwood 16 June—23 June 2020
  • Manchester 17 June—1 July 2020
  • Stevenage 17 June—1 July 2020
  • Leicester 1 July—6 July 2020
  • Pudsey 3 July—13 July 2020
  • Steyning 3 July—10 July 2020
  • Dereham 6 July—20 July 2020

The level of programming skill required for GCSE becomes demanding, and may seem daunting for those without a programming background. This professional development aims to take you from novice programmer to competent teacher of Python programming. You’ll be walked through the fundamentals of programming, with lots of hands-on experience under the guidance of highly successful teachers of computer science.

You’ll find out about writing easy-to-understand code to collect, process and display data. Develop your knowledge of data types, and how data structures are manipulated in python programs. Become confident in using logic and arithmetic to write efficient code to execute algorithms. New program code almost always contains errors; you’ll become adept at identifying and correcting them, and testing the functionality of your code.

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 assessments.

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

  • plan, write and test clear, efficient Python programs that can output to the screen, and make use of file handling
  • understand how to correctly use control flow statements, such as loops, conditional branches and function calls
  • make effective use of data structures and data types, understanding variable scope.
  • understand error messages and effectively debug their code

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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