This course will demonstrate a range of innovative and engaging techniques for teaching all aspects of AQA Computer Science (7516/7517), it will cover how to engage a wide ability range and how to challenge the more able to achieve high grades. This new course will demonstrate how to encourage students to achieve those top end grades in A-level Computer Science, including looking at excellent exam technique and how to teach it.

The course covers all the components for the AQA examination board and focuses on the outstanding teaching and subsequent learning than can take place. 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 Computer Science at A-level to an excellent standard.


  • Use feedback from previous assessment to inform future planning, including understanding the AQA standards and how your students can reach them
  • Gain practical strategies at helping all students regardless of ability to learn text-based programming and push them towards the higher grades
  • Develop planning and delivering the course, including differentiated approaches, assessment and resources
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the AQA written exams
  • Develop a range of strategies to improve students’ subject knowledge and exam performance
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • NQTs and those teaching AQA Computer Science for the first time
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Computer Science wishing to improve results
  • Non-specialist teachers who are teaching A-level Computer Science
  • Existing and aspiring Heads of Computer Science departments
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: Exploring the requirements of AS Level Paper 1 and Paper 2

  • Planning, strategies to maximise each student’s potential
  • Practical ideas and strategies to motivate and challenge learners
  • Understanding the grading, to engage all levels of learners
  • Relating Year 1 / AS learning to planning the A-level teaching across both years

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.45pm: Exploring the requirements of A Level Paper 1 and Paper 2

  • AQA subject content and the standards required – ensuring your teaching allows students to reach these and maintain progression
  • Develop ways of ensuring all our students become critical programmers and understand how to improve performance
  • How to best approach marking, assessment and feedback to create outstanding understanding and final results
  • Planning outstanding schemes of work

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Feedback from the previous series including the non-exam assessment

  • Consider student responses to questions and/or tasks
  • Good practice in planning for externally assessed units
  • Identify common issues and strategies to be successful – where did students succeed and struggle in AQA assessments and how to best utilise that information in your teaching

2.45 – 3.30pm: How to prepare students for the high mark, extended answer questions

  • What are AQA examiners looking for? Making sure your students can access those grades
  • Structure of high mark questions: study exemplar material and discuss how to use it
  • Strategies to improve student literacy, to ensure success in high mark AQA questions
  • Strategies to provide students with the skills they need to access the high marks available, including independent learning

3.30 – 3.45pm: Question Time

  • Time to ask any specific questions arising from the day

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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