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Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science Saturday Jul 8, 2017 9:30AM until Sunday Jul 9, 2017 4:30PM
Organised by Master Teacher: Darren TraviDarren Travi Hosted by: Royal Grammar School
Darren Travi
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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science

Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th July 2017

from 09:00 to 16:30 

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

A two-day theory course for teachers currently offering or considering A-Level Computer Science. (This course is ideally suited for teachers who have been teaching GCSE Computing for some time.)

Delegates can sign up for 1 or 2 days one day covers the algorithms and the other the computer systems theory

With movement towards linear A Levels introduced last year, our training will provide information and resources for teaching the more demanding, new topics for the new A-Level course, in a way which will give teachers confidence. It will provide them with teaching ideas to enable them to teach the course in a fun and engaging way. Delegates will go away for lots of resources to help them through the first year of teaching the course.

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:  Object Oriented Programming


  • Classes, Objects, Attributes, Methods
  • Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism
  • Practical coding examples and exam questions




Day 2

Session 1 Machine Architecture

  • Programming in LMC
  • Role of the CPU and registers moving beyond GCSE
  • Past Examination Questions


Session 2 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 3 Review of Examination Papers

  • A look at selected topics from various boards

Session 4:   Coursework  

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

Darren Travi and Ilia Avroutine

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.

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


Darren Travi,

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

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