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A course to enable you to prepare your pupils for Examination in GCSE Computing
About this course

This course will provide teachers with proven strategies for teaching the knowledge and concepts required for GCSE Computing and GCSE Computer Science. Applicable to OCR, AQA, Edexcel and WJEC GCSE Computing qualifications, this course will model and explore pedagogic approaches that teachers including non-specialists can use to ensure their classes are equipped to achieve the best possible outcomes in GCSE Computer Science examinations. This is a new course designed to reflect changes to GCSE Specifications from 2016, but will also be useful for those teaching classes being examined in 2017.


As well as providing you with access to lots of high quality resources, Alan will focus a great deal of emphasis on the pedagogy of teaching computer science, with practical approaches to teaching the theory including a review of current resources available as well as different exam preparation techniques.


Expect to explore a variety of strategies to teach and assess the theoretical elements of the GCSE, worth 80% of the qualification in 2018 examinations. Alan will endeavour to match the course content to suit the needs of those participating.


Delegates are recommended to bring a fully charged laptop or tablet device to the course to interact with the course materials.


This course includes:


• Superb course materials

• Refreshments and a three course lunch


Course Outcomes:
  • Present teachers with a range of strategies to teach the examined component of GCSE Computer Science courses including an overview of available resources (paid and free)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of GCSE Computer Science requirements
  • Identify and develop engaging approaches to teaching Computer Science to pupils
  • Provide teachers with planning materials suitable for use in their own school
  • Develop teacher competence and confidence
Course Outline:
Understand Requirements of The Examined Component

Choosing the most appropriate specification for your school

Overview of the examined component(s)

Review of available resources to support your teaching

Planning for Delivery

Planning topics to fit time available

Teaching strategies and approaches

Measure, Track & Monitor Progress

Strategies to measure pupil attainment

Tracking & monitoring pupil progress

Parental engagement

Exam Preparation

Styles of exam questions

Designing a revision programme

Revision techniques

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“Alan was an excellent trainer, a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge allowed me to gain a huge amount from the course. Brilliant resources and links to allow me to explore the content further.”

Neil Palmer , Failsworth School

Great to get back to the pedagogy of teaching computer science in school, with strategies - even for sixth form in order to make it more enjoyable. Good to talk to other teachers.

Head of ICT , Queen’s College

Really impressed with the way the content was delivered and made accessible to teachers from lower primary up to A-level. Thanks for all the great tips and resources!

KS2 Teacher , Calpe School

Very useful info and inspired by all the ideas and ways of explaining the content of the course.

Secondary ICT Teacher , British School of Valencia

Great course, Alan is extremely enthusiastic making me feel more confident and competent when teaching computing.

Jennifer Coote , Marple Hall School