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CSA in the summer: new to computing track – Face to Face

CP280 Face to face course

New to computing? This track of CPD will introduce you to the computer science knowledge required up to GCSE level.

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Key stage 3 Key stage 4
Face to face course 3 days

  • Southampton 27 July 10:00—29 July 2021
  • York 24 August 09:30—26 August 2021

The ‘new to computing’ track provides subject knowledge enhancement for new to computing teachers, up to and including GCSE Computer Science. Whether you’re looking further ahead to September; if you’ve recently qualified as a computing specialist teacher; or if you’re looking to add computing as a second specialism this CPD will guide you through a supported introduction to computer science.
The ‘CSA in the summer’ CPD package will provide you the opportunity to develop your computing subject knowledge leading towards recognised certification. You'll be supported along the way by experienced teaching professionals, among a group of your peers. You'll participate in live face to face CPD and mentored online CPD on-demand.
By engaging with this CPD, you'll become confident in supporting students of computing. You'll take-away ready-to-use and successful teaching approaches from experienced teachers, supported by the latest research and evidence.
This CPD package includes three courses:

Who is it for?

This track is intended for 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 CPD.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers. Expert advice and instruction on the GCSE curriculum and the expectations of a computer science teacher, from experienced classroom practitioners.

How long is the course?

You’ll complete three courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling approximately 15 hours, split across three days.  Online courses are also available free of charge, these are available to complete before, alongside or after the face to face courses. You can find out more information about associated online courses via the CSA in the summer blog.


By the end of this CPD track / package you will be able to:

Introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science:
  • 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
Introduction to computer systems, networking and security in 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
Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration:
  • Develop some basic program constructs using variables, handling user input and output to the screen
  • Follow the flow of a program, identifying values held in variables at different stages of execution
  • Create and control indefinite loop structures in programs

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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