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Computer systems and networking for GCSE computer science - residential

CP294 Face to face course

During this two day residential you'll go deep into understanding computer systems and networks function.

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Computer networks Computer systems Data & information Residential and Intensive Computing Key stage 3 Key stage 4 CS Accelerator
Face to face course 2 days
  • Heslington 12 December 10:00—13 December 2022

Throughout this two day residential, you’ll go deep into understanding computer systems and networking. During the first day you’ll explore how the input – process – output (IPO) model works within a computer system; how both input and output devices are used and the different types of storage devices available. During day 2, you’ll explore the fundamentals of networking, including the different types of network, key hardware components, network topologies and how Wi-Fi functions.

This CPD package will provide you the opportunity to develop your GCSE Computer Science 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, 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 both computer systems and networking, linked to the GCSE specifications, you’ll complete the following courses:

Residential information:

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. 

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?

This course is for prospective teachers of Key Stage 3 / 4 computing who may be new to the subject, or who may have taught computing in earlier years.

Topics covered

  • Computer systems: input, output and storage – during this course you’ll learn how the input-process-output model is used by computer systems, explore key hardware components and the different types of storage device available.
  • Fundamentals of computer networks – during this course you’ll learn how computer networks function, the hardware required, different topologies and how Wi-Fi functions.

How long is this course?

You’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling 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.


  • Develop knowledge of the key hardware and software components of a computer system

  • Understand main memory, and the need for virtual memory

  • Recognise the different technologies used to store large amounts of data persistently

  • Calculate data storage requirements for different contexts and applications

  • 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

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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