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CSA in the summer - preparing to teach GCSE computer science track

CP483 Live remote training course

Are you preparing to teach GCSE computer science? This track is perfect for those who've already delivered KS3 computing and are now looking to expand their subject knowledge to GCSE level.

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

  • Live remote training 20 July 09:30—22 July 2021
  • Live remote training 18 August 09:15—19 August 2021

Designed for teachers who have already taught some computing, including at key stage 3. The ‘preparing to teach GCSE computer science’ track will support you with the development of subject knowledge to meet the requirements of GCSE computer science.
The ‘CSA in the summer’ CPD package will provide you with the opportunity to upskill your subject knowledge, up to GCSE level. Completing this track will lead 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 with your subject knowledge 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 have already taught key stage 3 computing and want to improve their subject knowledge to meet the requirements of GCSE computer science. Prior knowledge of the computing curriculum would be beneficial to access 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.


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

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
The internet and cyber security:
  • Understand the IP address system, MAC addressing, and how both allow effective networking of hardware devices.
  • Learn how the Domain Name System (DNS) helps humans to interact with the internet devices. Develop a conceptual understanding of the TCP/IP stack, and the protocols that support frictionless communication between machines.
  • Develop an understanding of the main internet security threats, including those that manipulate machines and those that manipulate humans.
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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