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Two-Day Python Programming Course for GCSE and A level 2 workshops

Darren Travi

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM (GMT)

Two-Day Python Programming Course for GCSE and A level...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Standard Nov 17, 2018 £270.00 £15.92
Day 1 Intro Nov 17, 2018 £150.00 £9.11
Day 2 Advanced Nov 18, 2018 £150.00 £9.11

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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Two-Day Python Programming Course for GCSE and A level Computer Science

Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th November 

Saint John Bosco Liverpool

The GCSE course will equip you with the skills and confidence to teach an interesting and engaging GCSE Computer Science curriculum, which will help your pupils to master the latest programming language and thrive in their GCSEs.

No previous programming experience is needed and self-taught programmers will be given a structure.  

The A level course will equip you with resources and skills to approach the concepts of Object Oriented programming, building a Graphical User Interface and using a relational database. The A level course will focus on both C# and Python.

GCSE Course Outline


Variable assignment, data types, selection, and iteration

Creating user interfaces, validation, formatted output

Use of functions with global and local variables

DAY 2 – ADVANCED NEA-focused skills

Files and data, lists, searching and sorting

Bringing it all together – the modular approach

How to generate effective pseudocode and flowchart problems

Review of Sample Coursework and suggested approaches for the NEA





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 –A level Computing 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 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
Approaches to the A level Course will look at Python and C#


Delegates will each work at a computer and receive collective and individual tuition throughout the day. 

This is a practical training course.


Darren Travi
Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and a CAS Master Teacher, Darren leads the South Buckinghamshire CAS Hub. He has taught A-Level Computer Science since the 1990's, and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010.

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


Darren Travi,

Saint John Bosco Acadmey

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Saint John Bosco Academy
Storrington Avenue
L11 9DQ Liverpool
United Kingdom

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 5:00 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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