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Hands-on A-level Computing: Transition from GCSE to A level Computer Science. Developing key programming skills using Python

Darren Travi

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM (GMT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Standard   more info Nov 5, 2016 £250.00 £14.94
Day 1 Intro to A level Nov 5, 2016 £140.00 £8.89
Day 2 Advanced Python to A level Nov 5, 2016 Free £0.00

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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence



Hands-on A-level Computing: Transition from GCSE to A level Computer Science. Developing key programming skills using Python


November 5, 2016 at 9:00AM


University of Birmingham

Darren Travi (Computing at Schools Master Teacher) and Ilia Avroutine have developed a two day course for teachers (and those new to the profession) who are thinking of offering AS and A2 Computing for the first time. It will show and highlight the key skills involved at delivering the A level, as well as the progression of the techniques from GCSE Computer Science to the top end of the A2 course.




Day 1 Stating out
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1 - Recap of programming skills in GCSE
How to set out effective pseudocode.
Use of string slicing and Boolean operators for validation
Functions / subroutines and parameter passing
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:40 Session 2 – Moving into A level country - Nested lists, dictionaries
List slicing, sorting, passing to functions
12:40 - 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 14:40 Session 3 – Flat file database structures
Reading and writing CSV files, records and fields, interacting with spreadsheets
14:40 - 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session 4 – Finishing off Day 1

Day 2 Moving Deeper into A level
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1 – Developing your user interface –
• Introduction to Tkinter - how to add forms, screens, buttons, radio and check buttons, text boxes, labels, combo boxes and list boxes.
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:40 Session 2 – How to write to relational databases
• SQL with Sqlite, queries: selection, update, insert, and delete, primary and foreign keys and setting up relationships
12:40 - 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 14:40 Session 3 – Object Orientated Programming
• Class definition, object instantiation, inheritance, polymorphism
14:40 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session 4 – Approaches to the coursework and questions in common with exam boards

SPEAKERS

Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine

Leader Bucks CAS Hub; CAS Master Teacher; and Head Of Computing, Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6QT. Darren has been teaching A-level Computer Science since the 1990's and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. He has been an active and leading member of Computing at Schools and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events aimed at supporting teachers at all levels from primary right up to secondary level. Darren is also a lead trainer for OCR for their GCSE Computing courses and has been a member of the assessment and examination team for a number of years.

Ilia teaches Computer Science at the Royal Grammar School. He has taught A level Computer Science for 5 years having previously taught Computing in Canada. Ilia co-leads the CAS Bucks Hub and has run a number of training events around the country. Ilia has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored the new Key Stage 3 Computing textbook for Hodders. He has also been appointed a lead trainer for OCR on the “Debugging the Problem” Python course. Ilia is also an examiner for OCR A level Computer Science

All materials and resources used on this course will be made available to all delegates after the course.

HOST

Darren Travi, darren.travi@computingatschool.org.uk

University of Birmingham

For further information: darren.travi@computingatschool.org.uk

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Eden boys school
150 Wellhead Lane
BIRMINGHAM
B42 2SY
United Kingdom

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM (GMT)


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Darren Travi

CAS Master Teacher: Leader Bucks CAS Hub, CAS Master Teacher, Head Of Computing, Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6QT
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