Computing is an evolving and exciting subject to teach, which opens up a variety of career options. This pathway will support you start your journey to becoming upskilled with the subject knowledge and confidence to teach computing. By booking onto this pathway, you’ll complete two of the following courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme:
Who is it for?
This course is intended for non-specialist teachers who are new to computing, wanting to learn more about the knowledge required to deliver the computing curriculum.
No prior knowledge is required to attend this pathway.
By following this pathway, you’ll complete two of the following courses, you can find out which courses by selecting a course date:
Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE (CP226) – during this course you’ll learn about the foundation knowledge required for both Key Stage 3 and GCSE computer science. You’ll learn about key computer hardware components, how computers use binary, convert between binary and decimal values. You’ll begin your programming journey by learning how to develop simple block-based programs and finally, explore what algorithms are and how they’re used in computing.
Introduction to algorithms, programming data (CP228) – during this course you’ll explore how algorithms are designed and how programs are written to provide clear instructions to machines and how to read and write algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode. You’ll explore how to create simple block-based computer programs and discover how to implement them using the Python programming language. Finally, you’ll learn about the binary system used by computers to store and process data, and how to convert to and from the familiar denary system of numbers zero to nine.
Introduction to computer systems, networking and security (CP238) – during this course you’ll learn about the different components of computer hardware, including devices not instantly recognisable as computers. The key components for input, processing, storage and output will be covered, and you’ll learn about the binary data that flows around and between computers. You’ll learn about the technologies required to network computer systems together so they can communicate and share data. You’ll also deepen your knowledge of some of the security risks that are commonly heard about in the daily news, which your students need to be aware of to be safe and responsible web citizens.
How long is this course?
By following this pathway you’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling approximately 10 hours, split across multiple sessions.
This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education.
How will you learn?
You’ll engage with active learning in groups including direct instruction, hands-on activities and challenge-based learning, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.
Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE:
- Understand why computers use binary and be able to convert between binary and decimal values
- Understand what an algorithm is and how to represent them by using flowcharts
- Be able to explain how search and sort algorithms work
- Be able to use a block based programming language using constructs sequencing, selection and iteration
Introduction to algorithms, programming data:
Introduction to computer systems, networking and security:
- Learn about algorithms, how they are usually represented, and some of their most common applications
- Recognise and use the basic building blocks of programming: sequence, selection and repetition
- Understand how binary, denary and hexadecimal are used to represent numbers, and why this is important for computer science
- Learn how data is inputted into a computer, how it is processed, stored and output in a useful form
- Develop a basic understanding of local and global computer networks
- Become knowledgeable and confident in using common cybersecurity terms