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CSA in the summer - new to computer systems and networking track

CP484 Live remote training course

Looking to upskill your knowledge of computer systems and networking? 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 26 July 09:30—27 July 2021

Designed for teachers who are confident with programming but need help with computer systems and networks, the ‘new to computer systems’ 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 help to develop your subject knowledge around computer systems and networking, up to GCSE level, 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 with knowledge and experience of programming, who need to strengthen their knowledge of computer systems and networking, to be confident in all of computer science up to GCSE level. No prior knowledge of computer systems, networking or cyber security 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.


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

Introduction to computer systems, networking and security in computer science:
  • Learn how data is inputted into a computer, how it is processed, stored and output in a useful form
  • Develop a basic understanding of local and global computer networks
  • Become knowledgeable and confident in using common cybersecurity terms
Computer processors and instruction sets:
  • Recognise that all computer instructions are executed in binary – and the different processes used to translate programming languages into computer-readable machine code
  • Recognise the Von Neumann architecture, and different instruction sets including RISC and CISC
  • Understand the fetch-decode-execute cycle in a computer processor, and the role of each CPU component
  • Write simple programs in low-level assembler language
  • Know the factors that can affect CPU performance
Fundamentals of computer networks:
  • 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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