Designed for teachers who have already taught some computing, including at key stage 3. This ‘teaching GCSE computer science’ pathway, will support you with the development of subject knowledge to meet the requirements of GCSE computer science.
Completing this pathway will contribute towards recognised certification through the Computer Science Accelerator programme. 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, with the opportunity to access on-demand online CPD. You'll take-away ready-to-use and successful teaching approaches from experienced teachers, supported by the latest research and evidence.
Over the two days, you’ll explore a broad range of topics from across the GCSE specifications, you’ll complete the following courses:
• Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection & iteration
• Fundamentals of networking
This is a residential course at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. Meals and overnight accommodation are included for participants for the duration of the course. Bursaries are also available for teachers from state-funded schools and colleges which can be used towards travel, supply cover, teaching equipment or further local CPD.
If you wish to extend your stay in York, bed and breakfast will be available at the centre’s on-site accommodation at a discounted rate of £43+VAT per night. You can email [email protected] to secure this rate, providing their course booking information and confirming the night(s) they would like to stay.
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.
- Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection & iteration – during this course you learn how to program using the text based programming language, Python. You’ll learn how to use programming constructs sequencing, selection and iteration.
- Fundamentals of networking – during this course you’ll learn how how networks function, explore the hardware required to build a network and learn how Wi-Fi works.
How long is this course?
You’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totaling approximately 10 hours, split across two days.
Online courses are also available free of charge, these are available to complete before, alongside or after the face to face courses.
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.
By the end of this CPD package you will be able to:
- 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
- Become familiar with the Python programming language
- Understand the main reasons why computers are connected to share data.
- Know the layout and key hardware devices in networks for GCSE computer science.
- Understand the different transmission methods used when networking, including the characteristics of different wired methods and Wi-Fi.