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Hands-on A-Level Computing: Transition from GCSE to A-Level Computer Science – Developing key programming skills using Python Thursday Jun 1, 2017 9:00AM until Friday Jun 2, 2017 1:00AM
Organised by Master Teacher: Darren TraviDarren Travi Hosted by: Eden Boys' School
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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

June 1, 2017 at 9:00AM

Eden Boys' School

Darren Travi (CAS Master Teacher) and Ilia Avroutine have developed a two-day course for teachers (inc. 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 techniques from GCSE Computer Science to the top end of the A2 course.

Day 1 - Starting out

09:30 – 11:15 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

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 13:30 Session 2 – Moving into A Level country
Nested lists, dictionaries
List slicing, sorting, passing to functions

13:30 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 16:30 Session 3 – Flat file database structures
Reading and writing CSV files, records and fields, interacting with spreadsheets

15:00 – 16:30 Session 4 – Finishing off Day 1

Day 2 - Moving deeper into A Level

09:30 – 11:15 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

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 13:30 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

14:15 – 16:00 Session 3 – Object-orientated programming
Class definition, object instantiation, inheritance, polymorphism

16:00 – 16:30 Session 4 – Approaches to the coursework and questions in common with exam boards

Course Leaders:
There are two teachers on this course, both of whom have extensive experience of teaching Computer Science at GCSE and A Level. Ilia and Darren are extensively involved with the a major GCSE Examinations Board, providing resources, training, assessment and examinations

Darren Travi
Darren is Head of Computing at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He is also 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. He has been an active and leading member of Computing At School and has successfully delivered a series of CPD events supporting teachers at Primary and Secondary phase.

Ilia Avroutine
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 around the country. He has a wide experience of teaching Computing and has co-authored the new Key Stage 3 Computing textbook for Hodders.


Darren Travi & Ilia Avroutine

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


Darren Travi, Ilia Avroutine

Eden Boys' School

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