Computer Science Accelerator in the Summer

27 May 2021

Are you looking to supercharge your computer science knowledge this term? πŸ”₯Fire up your computerπŸ”₯, free your imagination and join us for a summer of learning.

What is CSA in the Summer?

  • Part of the Summer of Computing, a programme of curated courses for teachers taking place in July and August
  • Tracks to follow for new, intermediate and advanced learners (see below)
  • Teachers of all subject backgrounds are welcome
  • Online courses: start at any time and learn at your own pace
  • Remote and face to face courses: short, live training courses, taught by our subject experts
  • Get up to Β£1800 of bursary funding for your school or college
  • Receive a nationally recognised certificate through our Computer Science Accelerator

Beginner track

Join our new to computing track if you have little or no experience of teaching computing and want to build a core set of skills to use in your classroom.

Your track will include two of the remote courses below:

πŸƒβ€β™‚πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»βŒ¨ Introduction to algorithms, programming and data

πŸ”ŒπŸ“³πŸ”’ Introduction to computer systems, networking and security

πŸπŸ”·πŸŸ¨ Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration

We also recommend booking on two or more of our online courses:

πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ”ŒπŸŒ«οΈ How computers work: demystifying computation: available 5 July - 12 September

πŸŽ›οΈ πŸ–₯️ πŸ”’ Programming 101: an introduction to python for educators: available 2 August - 10 October

πŸ”“ πŸ€” πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Impact of technology: how to lead classroom discussions: available 2 August - 3 October


Intermediate tracks

We offer a range of different pathways to help you build on your subject knowledge.

Preparing to teach GCSE computer science
Join this track if you're looking to build your knowledge of KS3 to meet the requirements of the KS4 curriculum.

Your track will include two of the following remote courses:

πŸπŸ”·πŸŸ¨Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ”’The internet and Cybersecurity

πŸ“Š πŸ’»Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode

We also recommend booking on two or more of our online courses:

πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ”ŒπŸŒ«οΈHow computers work: demystifying computation: available 5 July - 12 September

πŸ§©πŸ’‘Understanding computer systems: available 2 August - 3 October

πŸ“³πŸ–¨β˜•οΈAn introduction to computer networking for teachers: available 2 August - 3 October


New to algorithms and programming
If you have a good understanding of computer systems but need help with programming, our new to algorithms and programming track is the one for you. Your track will include two of the following remote courses:

πŸƒβ€β™‚πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»βŒ¨Introduction to algorithms, programming and data

πŸπŸ”·πŸŸ¨Python programming constructs: sequencing, selection and iteration

πŸ“Š πŸ’»Representing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode

We also recommend booking on two or more of our online courses:

1️⃣0️⃣1️⃣Programming 101: an introduction to Python for educators: available 2 August - 10 October

1️⃣0️⃣2️⃣Programming 102: think like a computer scientist: available 7 June - 22 August

1️⃣0️⃣3️⃣ Programming 103: saving and structuring data: available 5 July - 5 September


New to computer systems and networking
Join our new to computer systems track if you are confident with programming but need help with systems and networks. Your track will include two of the following remote courses:

πŸ”ŒπŸ“³πŸ”’Introduction to computer systems, networking and security

πŸ’»πŸ–±Computer processors and instruction sets

πŸ“šπŸ‘¨β€πŸ«Fundamentals of computer networks

We also recommend booking on two or more of our online courses:

πŸ“³πŸ–¨β˜•οΈAn introduction to computer networking for teachers: available 2 August - 3 October

⌨️🎧Representing data with images and sound: available 7 June - 22 August

πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ’₯Understanding computer systems: available 2 August - 3 October


Advanced track

Join our advanced GCSE computer science track if you are a teacher who is familiar with GCSE computer science and want to learn new skills to use in your classroom. Your track will include two of the remote courses below:

☝🏼 πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’» πŸ“ Higher attainment in GCSE computer science

🐍πŸ’ͺ Python programming: advanced subject knowledge, implementation and testing

πŸπŸ“œπŸ§±Python programming: analysis, design and evaluation

We also recommend booking on two or more of our online courses:

πŸš€ πŸ”§ Design and prototype embedded computer systems: available 2 August - 3 October

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» β˜€οΈ Programming with GUIs: available 2 August - 3 October

πŸ€βŒ¨οΈπŸ–±οΈIntroduction to web development: available 5 July - 5 September


Summer schools

We are also offering face to face events throughout the summer for our beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks. Any of our courses taking place at the National STEM Learning Centre in York are residential events and include free accommodation.

New to computing (face to face):
27 β€”29 July: Southampton

24 August β€”26 August: York (residential)

Advanced GCSE computer science (face to face):
3 August β€”5 August: York (residential)

23 August - 24 August: High Wycombe

Preparing to teach GCSE computer science (face to face):

24 August β€” 26 August: Southampton

Introduction to algorithms, programming and data for D&T teachers:

10 August - 11 August: York (residential)


Share your achievements

And finally, if you're getting involved in the 😎Summer of Computing😎, we'd love to hear from you. We are running a competition between Thursday 1 July - Tuesday 31 August for teachers who participate in one or more of our summer CPD events. More details to follow on Facebook or Twitter in due course! #SummerofComputing