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Supporting GCSE computer science students at grades 1-3 – face to face

CP278 Face to face course

Explore how to improve attainment in Computer Science for students working towards grades 1 - 3.

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Algorithmic thinking Computer systems Programming Computing Mathematics Key stage 3 Key stage 4 CS Accelerator
Face to face course 5 hours

This evidence-based CPD aims to raise knowledge amongst teachers of how to achieve the most out of your students, working towards grades 1 – 3 in GCSE computer science. Whether you’re already teaching computer science or completely new to the subject, this course is designed to support your understanding of GCSE grades 1 - 3.

Within this course you’ll explore the key terminology used in computer science and how to make this accessible to students; identify the mathematical skills required and how to make them accessible to students, working towards grades 1 – 3; learn about knowledge and recall strategies and how to embed these within your teaching; and how to use assessment and feedback to support student progress.

By the end of the course you’ll have the foundations of a variety of strategies that can be taken into the classroom, to support raising the attainment of students.

Who is it for?

No prior experience or knowledge of computing is expected before attending this course. It is advised that you become familiar with the National Curriculum in Computing before participating.

Topics covered

  1. Supporting maths in computer science – during this session you’ll explore the mathematical skills required in GCSE computer science. You’ll learn about evidence based strategies, including how to make mathematical content accessible to your students.
  2. Supporting literacy in computer science – during this session you’ll learn about the use of technical terminology, oral literacy and how to promote its use in computer science.
  3. Knowledge and recall – during this session you’ll explore how to promote recall amongst students; how the use of practical computing can support students working towards grades 1 – 3; and how to use of platforms such as Isaac GCSE computer science can support student knowledge and understanding.
  4. Assessment and feedback – during this session you’ll dive into assessment and feedback, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about feedback strategies, explore the benefits of these strategies and how they can be used in the classroom.

How long is this course?

This course is approximately five hours in duration.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers.

Expert advice and instruction on the computing curriculum and the expectations of a computer science teacher, from experienced classroom practitioners.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explore a range of strategies to support with maths subject knowledge in computer science
  • Explain how disciplinary literacy underpins subject literacy focus
  • Consider how to use a range of methods to develop literacy in the computer science
  • Consider strategies to aid knowledge recall
  • Explore a range of assessment strategies; formative or summative

This course is part of the Subject knowledge certificate

Subject knowledge certificate

Our professional development programme, Computer Science Accelerator, is designed to help you develop or refresh your subject knowledge and leads to a nationally recognised certificate.

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