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Foundation knowledge of computer science for KS3 and GCSE - remote

CP426 Live remote training course

For computer science teachers who are new or existing to the subject. This CPD covers the foundation subject knowledge required to teach the computing programme of study.

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Algorithmic thinking Computer systems Data & information Programming Key stage 3 Key stage 4 CS Accelerator
Live remote training course 6 hours

  • Live remote training 29 September 09:00—29 September 2023
  • Live remote training 4 October 09:30—4 October 2023
  • Live remote training 9 October 14:30—16 October 2023
  • Live remote training 15 November 14:30—23 November 2023
  • Live remote training 23 November 09:00—23 November 2023
  • Live remote training 29 November 09:30—29 November 2023
  • Live remote training 5 December 16:00—12 December 2023
  • Live remote training 7 December 09:00—7 December 2023
  • Live remote training 17 May 09:00—17 May 2024
  • Live remote training 27 June 09:30—27 June 2024
  • Live remote training 27 August 09:30—27 August 2024

A high-quality computer science education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computer science forms the core of the computing national curriculum, a foundation subject and a vital aspect of a broad and balanced curriculum for all learners. If you’re new, moving towards or an existing teacher of Key Stage 3 / GCSE computer science, then this course will allow you to explore the foundation subject knowledge.

The sessions within this course are designed to give you the subject knowledge around key topics such as algorithms, data representation, hardware and programming, whilst also exploring useful and engaging strategies for delivering this content in the classroom.

Book now and you will be automatically registered for the scheduled sessions for the course. Remote CPD courses have live, Professional Development Leader-led sessions and are not available for instant access. Please refer to the schedule of dates published for each course instance.

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

01 | Introduction & data representation – during this session you’ll learn about key hardware components inside the computer and how computers use binary, convert between binary and decimal values and how images are represented by a computer.

02 | Algorithms – this session will explore what algorithms are and how they’re used in computing, you’ll begin creating your own flowchart algorithms and learn how several search and sort algorithms function. 

03 | Developing algorithms – during this session, you’ll develop your own flowchart algorithms to represent a given problem. 

04 | Programming (part 1) – learn the principle programming constructs required, including sequencing and selection, this session will begin using these constructs in a block based language. 

05 | Programming (part 2) – take the next steps with your programming knowledge by learning about iteration, in this session you will learn how to program both conditions and count controlled loops in a block based language. 

06 | Developing programs – using your knowledge from the previous programming sessions you will be supported to create your own computer programs.

How long is this course?

This course is approximately six hours in duration, split across several days.

How will you learn?

Scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner.

Flexible Professional Development Leader-supported, participant-led tasks, involving deep exploration of the subject content.


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

  • 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

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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