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Transition from GCSE to A Level

Darren Travi

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM (BST)

Transition from GCSE to A Level

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Standard Jun 23, 2018 £270.00 £16.79
Day 1 Intro to A level Jun 23, 2018 £150.00 £9.59
Day 2 Advanced level Jun 23, 2018 £150.00 £9.59

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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Transition from GCSE to A Level

June 23, 2018 at 9:00AM

Eden Boys School

The course is aimed at those who are thinking of offering AS and A2 Computing for the first time. It will highlight and show the key skills involved in 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 - Starting out...

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

Session 2 – Moving into A-Level country - nested lists, dictionaries:
List slicing, sorting, passing to functions

Session 3 – Flat-file database structures:
Reading and writing CSV files, records and fields, interacting with spreadsheets

Session 4 – Finishing off Day 1

Day 2 - Moving deeper into A-Level...

Session 1 – Developing your user interface:
Introduction to GUI - how to add forms, screens, buttons, radio and check buttons, text boxes, labels, combo boxes and list boxes

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

Session 3 – Object-orientated programming:
Class definition, object instantiation, inheritance, polymorphism

Session 4 – Approaches to the coursework and questions in common with exam boards


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.

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


Darren Travi,

Eden Boys School

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Eden Boys School
150 wellhead Lane
B42 2SY Birmingham
United Kingdom

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 5:00 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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