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Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration - face to face

CP223 Face to face course

Develop your foundational knowledge around the Python language.

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Programming Key stage 3 Key stage 4 KS3 and GCSE subject knowledge certificate
Face to face course 1 day

  • St Albans 12 July 09:30—12 July 2024
  • Hatfield 26 July 09:00—26 July 2024
  • St Austell 9 October 09:00—9 October 2024
  • Plymouth 11 October 09:00—11 October 2024
  • Ashton-under-Lyne 15 October 10:00—15 October 2024
  • London 6 December 09:30—6 December 2024
  • Stoke-on-Trent 9 December 09:00—9 December 2024
  • Lincoln 17 January 09:30—17 January 2025
  • Nottingham 6 February 09:00—6 February 2025
  • Lincoln 2 May 09:30—2 May 2025

Take your first steps to becoming a competent teacher of Python programming; this CPD will develop your foundational knowledge around the Python language. Learn how to write code to input, process and output data, and how to manipulate data stored in variables. Using the building blocks of sequence, selection and iteration you’ll begin to understand how programs are constructed to perform a multitude of simple and more complex tasks.

You’ll gain confidence with lots of hands-on experience under the guidance of highly successful teachers of computer science.

Mapped closely to the specifications of GCSE computer science, the course will provide you with essential knowledge leading to expertise in teaching programming.

Prior knowledge:

You’ll benefit from having some experience of basic programming, perhaps using a block-based language, to access this GCSE-level subject knowledge enhancement.

Do you prefer to learn remotely? If so, take a look at: Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration

Recommended next steps:

This course forms part of the Key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science certificate. For the next step towards becoming a confident teacher of Python programming, we recommended the Programming 101: An Introduction to Python for Educators online.

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.

Who is it for?

This course is for current or prospective teachers of GCSE computer science with some understanding of computer science fundamentals.

Topics covered

01 | Inputs and outputs – explore how to utilise inputs and outputs in Python, including the use of variables and efficient use of simple data types.

02 | Selection – learn how to write branching programs using selection. Understand how to apply operators and use nested selection within a program.

03 | Count-controlled iteration – this session will help you create code that repeats using count-controlled loops. You’ll also trace program outputs using trace tables.

04 | Condition-controlled iteration – this session will explore condition-controlled iteration, using logic to dictate how programs run in the Python language.

How long is this course?

This is a one-day course which consists of five hours of teaching time.

How will you learn?

You’ll engage with active learning in groups including direct instruction, hands-on activities and challenge-based learning. Examination practice with guidance will be linked to the specific requirements of the main awarding bodies. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.


You will:

  • Become familiar with the Python programming language
  • Develop some basic program constructs using variables, handling user input and output to the screen
  • Use mathematical and logical operators to build functionality into programs
  • Follow the flow of a program, identifying values held in variables at different stages of execution
  • Create and control indefinite loop structures in programs
  • Begin to evaluate programs and suggest improvements

This course is part of the KS3 and GCSE Computer Science subject knowledge certificate

Key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science certificate

Our certificate is designed to help you develop or refresh your computer science subject knowledge.

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