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Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science theory (Birmingham)

Darren Travi

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM - Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM (BST)

Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science theory...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Standard Jun 30, 2018 £270.00 £16.79
Day 1 A level Theory Jun 30, 2018 £150.00 £9.59
Day 2 A level Algorithm Jun 30, 2018 £150.00 £9.59

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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science theory (Birmingham)

June 30th and July 1st, 2018, 9:30AM - 4.30PM

Eden Boys' School

Giving an overview of, and techniques for, teaching the most challenging topics in the linear A-Level Computing course; deally suited for teachers who have been teaching GCSE Computing for some time. Delegates will go away for lots of resources to help them through the first year of teaching the course.


Session 1 - Fundamentals of Programming and Computational Thinking:
Computational thinking
Standard and complex algorithms
Efficiency of different algorithms

Session 2 - Data structures:
Trees, stacks and queues
Graphs, linked lists, intractable algorithms, Dijkstra/A*

Session 3 Coursework:
What is involved in a planning developing and producing documentation for the A-Level Coursework?


Session 1 - Object-oriented programming:
Classes, objects, attributes, methods
Encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism
Practical coding examples and exam questions

Session 2 - Machine architecture:
Programming in LMC
Role of the CPU and registers moving beyond GCSE
Past examination questions
Session 3 - Maths for Computer Science
Data representation (floating-point arithmetic, addition and subtraction, normalisation, masking and shifts)
Boolean Algebra (Karnaugh Maps, flip flops and full adders)

Session 4 Review of Examination Papers
A look at selected topics from various boards

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


Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine

The two teachers on this course are extensively involved in providing resources, training, assessment and examinations. Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and a CAS Master Teacher. He leads the South Buckinghamshire CAS Hub, having taught A-Level Computer Science since the 1990s and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. Ilia has taught A-Level Computer Science for over ten years, having previously taught Computing in Canada. Ilia is Head of Computer Science at the Wetherby Senior School in London. He has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored a number of popular resources and textbooks.

Eden Boys' School

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Eden Boys' School
150 Wellhead Lane
B42 2SY Birmingham
United Kingdom

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM - Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM (BST)

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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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