This NEW course is designed to give all teachers who are delivering the AQA Computer Science GCSE a wide range of effective strategies for teaching: Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving, Paper 2: Written assessment and the Programming Project. You will leave this course with a range of teaching and learning strategies that will ensure your students maximise their potential in the AQA summer exams.

There will be opportunities throughout the day for discussion, and to ask questions. You will leave the course with a range of strategies which can be used straight away back in school. This course is designed to support and assist with the delivery and management of the course rather than learning specific programming languages. The course will enable teachers to leave feeling confident in their ability to start to teach AQA GCSE Computer Science.


  • Gain excellent understanding of the AQA standards and how to ensure students are working to these throughout the course
  • Develop a range of strategies to improve students’ subject knowledge
  • Develop your planning and delivery of the course, including differentiated approaches, assessment and resources for each component
  • Gain practical strategies at supporting all students to learn text-based programming and push them towards the higher grades
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the AQA written exams and how to ensure student success in them
COURSE DATE London Thursday 25 October 2018
  • All teachers of AQA Computer Science
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.15am: Overview and Introduction

  • Getting to grips with the Programming Project and the theoretical components
  • Auditing subject knowledge to apply to a challenging delivery
  • How do I plan my KS4 Curriculum to maximise opportunities for students to maximise their grades?

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Planning outstanding schemes of work for AQA Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving and Paper 2: Written assessment

  • Explore the demands of the theory units – what are AQA looking for at the different grades?
  • Practical ideas and strategies to motivate and challenge learners when teaching Computational Thinking
  • Selecting the best activities to engage your learners and ensure success in the AQA exams
  • How to best approach marking, assessment and feedback

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: How to prepare all students for the high mark, extended answer AQA questions

  • Feedback from the AQA 2018 examinations – what sort of questions to expect in future and how to ensure students succeed in them
  • Strategies and techniques to allow students to access the high marks available for essay style questions
  • Embedding excellent teaching to fully prepare students, including developing independent learning

2.45 – 3.30pm: How to prepare all students for the AQA Programming project

  • Understand the changes made to the Programming project and the impacts on your teaching
  • Strategies to encourage and engage students them with this unit
  • How to differentiate successfully so that all abilities can fulfil their potential

3.30 – 3.45pm: Question Time

  • Time to ask any specific questions arising from the day
  • Final advice and guidance to ensure outstanding teaching and results

Matt Hogan

Matt has been Head of Computer Science and ICT departments in Cheshire schools for over 17 years, working across five very different schools. He leads training sessions for primary and secondary teachers throughout the UK and is a Pearson BTEC IT National Trainer. Matt also has experience as an assistant examiner for AQA. He is an Apple Teacher with Swift Playground recognition alongside being a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and is an Associate Member of the British Computing Society.

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