Computing is now integral to every aspect of modern life, and this is being recognised in the transformation of the teaching of the subject at school.
The new Computing GCSE will be given standing as a science equal to physics, chemistry and biology in the English Baccalaureate. Even those who do not study Computing as a GCSE will find computing woven through their studies to 16 and beyond. Computing is a subject where there is an opportunity for teachers to advance the information revolution by inspiring the next generation of programmers.
If you are a graduate intending to embark on an initial teacher training (ITT) course, or if you are a qualified teacher who has trained to teach another subject, this course is an attractive professional development opportunity to improve your computing knowledge and programming skills in order to add computing to the subjects you are able to teach.
You will gain a thorough grounding and critical insight into the new rigorous computer science to be taught at secondary level. Through regular face to face classes and workshops you will master the science of programming and of teaching programming in an engaging way using a variety of approaches.
A bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership of up to £4,800 may be available for Initial Teacher Training entrants. All other applicants will be charged £1,000 for the course.
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The course focuses specifically on the computer science content of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4, including the new importance placed upon practical programming. It will also address how computer science develops beyond GCSE in order that teachers can support pupils with progression and respond confidently to the needs of the gifted and talented.
Topics covered on the course include:
- Data Representation
- Algorithms and Programming
- Software Development
- Networking and Internet
- Computers in Society
Assessment will in include a critical analysis of GCSE-style computing questions; a timed examination, and a programming portfolio.
The course covers a 24 week period. Attendance will be on 21 days: 12 Saturdays interspersed with three 3-day blocks, all taking place from 9am - 5pm.
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