New to computing – residential CY280 / A03

Start date
7 Mar 22
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, Heslington YO10 5DD View on Google Map


The ‘new to computing’ pathway provides subject knowledge enhancement for new to computing teachers, up to and including GCSE Computer Science. Whether you’ve recently qualified as a computing specialist teacher; or if you’re looking to add computing as a second specialism this CPD will guide you through a supported introduction to computer science.
This CPD package will provide you the opportunity to develop your GCSE Computer Science knowledge leading towards recognised certification. You'll be supported along the way by experienced teaching professionals, among a group of your peers. You'll participate in live face to face CPD and mentored online CPD on-demand.
By engaging with this CPD, you'll become confident in supporting students of computer science. You'll take-away ready-to-use and successful teaching approaches from experienced teachers, supported by the latest research and evidence.
This CPD package includes two courses:

Residential information:

As this is a residential course, meals and overnight accommodation are included for participants for the duration of the course. Bursaries are also available for teachers from state-funded schools and colleges which can be used towards travel, supply cover, teaching equipment or further local CPD.

If participants want to extend their stay to spend the weekend in York, bed and breakfast will be available at the Centre’s on-site accommodation at a discounted rate of £38+VAT per night on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March. Participants can email to secure this rate, providing their course booking information and confirming the night(s) they would like to stay.

Who is it for?

This pathway is intended for teachers who are new to computing, wanting to learn more about the knowledge required to deliver the computing curriculum. No prior knowledge is required to attend this CPD.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers. Expert advice and instruction on the GCSE curriculum and the expectations of a computer science teacher, from experienced classroom practitioners.

How long is this course?

You’ll complete two courses from the Computer Science Accelerator programme, totalling approximately 10 hours, split across two days. 

Online courses are also available free of charge, these are available to complete before, alongside or after the face to face courses. 

Who is the course leader?

  • Facilitator To Be Confirmed

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By the end of this CPD residential you will be able to:

Introduction to algorithms, programming and data in computer science:

  • Learn about algorithms, how they are usually represented, and some of their most common applications
  • Recognise and use the basic building blocks of programming: sequence, selection and repetition
  • Understand how binary, denary and hexadecimal are used to represent numbers, and why this is important for computer science

Introduction to computer systems, networking and security in computer science:

  • Learn how data is inputted into a computer, how it is processed, stored and output in a useful form
  • Develop a basic understanding of local and global computer networks
  • Become knowledgeable and confident in using common cybersecurity term


Day 1 Session 1: Algorithms07 March 202210:00-11:45National STEM Learning Centre
Day 1 Session 2: Programming - Part 107 March 202212:00-13:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 1 Session 3: Programming - Part 207 March 202213:45-15:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 1 Session 4: Data07 March 202215:00-16:30National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 Session 1: computer systems08 March 202209:00-11:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 Session 2: Networks08 March 202211:15-13:15National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 Session 3: Security08 March 202214:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre

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