Address: 150 Wellhead Lane,
B42 2SY
Preparing to teach Advanced Level Computer Science (Two-day theory course) Saturday Sep 30, 2017 9:00AM until Sunday Oct 1, 2017 5:00PM
Organised by Master Teacher: Darren TraviDarren Travi Hosted by: Eden Boys' School
Darren Travi
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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to teach Advanced level Computer Science (two -day theory course)

Saturday 30th September to Sunday 1st October 2017  

starting at  9:00AM to 17:00 am 


Eden Boys' School

This course is designed for  schools who are currently offering or considering A-Level Computer Science. With movement towards linear A Levels introduced last year, our training will provide information about the more demanding and newer topics in the new A-Level course, to teach them with confidence in fun and engaging ways. This course is ideally 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 the course.

Delegates are expected to bring their own laptop computer to the event


Day 1

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



Session 3:   Coursework  

  • What is involved in a planning developing and producing documentation for the A level Coursework


Day 2

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

What is involved in planning, developing and producing documentation for the A-Level coursework?


Darren Travi & Ilia Avroutine

Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He is a CAS Master Teacher and leads the Buckinghamshire CAS Hub. Darren has been teaching A-Level Computer Science since the 1990s and GCSE Computing since the course started in 2010. Darren has been an active and leading member of Computing At School and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events aimed at supporting teachers IN Computing at Primary and Secondary phases.

Ilia teaches Computer Science at the Royal Grammar School. He has taught A-Level Computer Science for five years, having previously taught Computing in Canada. Ilia co-leads the CAS Bucks Hub and has run a number of training events, including at the annual CAS Conference in Birmingham and a series of CPD events around the country. He has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored the Key Stage 3 Computing text book for Hodders.

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


Darren Travi,

Eden Boys' School, 150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham B42 2SY

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