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CSA in the summer - new to algorithms and programming track

CP480 Live remote training course

Looking to upskill your knowledge of algorithms and programming? This track will cover both up to GCSE level.

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Key stage 3 Key stage 4
Live remote training course 10 hours

  • Live remote training 22 July 09:00—23 July 2021
  • Live remote training 9 August 10:00—11 August 2021

Designed for teachers who are confident with computer systems and networking but need support with algorithms and programming, the ‘new to algorithms and programming’ track will improve your subject knowledge to meet the requirements of computer science up to GCSE level.
The ‘CSA in the summer’ CPD package will provide you the opportunity to develop your computer science knowledge of algorithms and programming, 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 remote CPD and mentored online CPD on-demand.
With a choice of course options available, you'll become confident in supporting students of GCSE computer science. You'll take-away ready-to-use and successful teaching approaches from experienced teachers, supported by the latest research and evidence.
Over the summer period, you’ll complete two courses. You can find out which courses by selecting a course date:
A bursary is available upon completion of the CS Accelerator programme - for information see this page.

Who is it for?

This CPD is intended for teachers who need help with algorithms and programming to be confident up to GCSE level. No prior knowledge of either topic is required to engage with this CPD.  

How will you learn?

Scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner. Flexible facilitator-supported, participant-led tasks, involving deep exploration of the subject content.

How long is the course?

You’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling approximately 10 hours, split across multiple days.  Online courses are also available free of charge, these are available to complete before, alongside or after the remote courses. You can find out more information about associated online courses via the CSA in the summer blog

Outcomes

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
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
Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode:
  • Learn the key building blocks of algorithms to be executed using a computer
  • Analyse problems and design algorithmic solutions
  • Represent algorithms using pseudocode and flowcharts
  • Gain confidence in tracing and improving algorithms

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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