This NEW course will provide delegates with methods, tools and techniques to prepare students for the GCSE Computer Science examinations. The course will reference both of the examined components in OCR’s GCSE Computer Science 9-1 specification; however, the approaches covered are generic and therefore applicable regardless of examination board, including AQA.

The main focus of the course will be improving students’ abilities with computational thinking, arguably the most challenging element of the GCSE. Please note that this course will not cover the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) element of the GCSE specification.


  • Gain a fresh understanding of the requirements of the computer systems and computational thinking components
  • Learn a new approach to revision which offers students both support and challenge
  • Apply this approach in a collaborative context using sample questions
  • Take away a tried and tested set of revision resources for the subject
COURSE DATE London Friday 15 March 2019
  • Teachers of Computer Science looking to deliver efficient revision lessons and provide students with useful revision approaches in the subject
  • Heads of department in IT/Computing looking to improve outcomes in GCSE 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



9.30 – 11.00am: Revising computer systems (component 01)

  • Understand specification requirements for component 01
  • What are the key elements and areas to focus upon when teaching and getting students exam ready
  • Correct – consolidate – challenge: a unique approach to developing revision resources

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Revising computational thinking (component 02)

  • Understand specification requirements for component 02 and how to get the best out of your students
  • Computational thinking: what is it and how to practice
  • From problem definition to algorithm: worked example walkthrough
  • Correct – consolidate – challenge: how it works for computational thinking

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Practical programming

  • Programming to aid computational thinking: how the practical can support the theoretical
  • Code challenges
  • Joining the dots: taking a problem through from definition (scenario) to implementation (code)

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.30pm: Resource takeaway and reflections

  • Key issues from summer 2018 and how to avoid those in 2019
  • Excellent resources to aid teaching and student revision / exam practice
  • Question and Answer session

3.30 – 3.45pm: Final summary and depart

Simon Brown

Simon is head of department for IT and Computer Science at one of the highest performing non-selective state schools in the country. Simon has extensive experience of providing support to other schools and is a Computing At Schools hub leader.

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