Computing/Computer Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course

What is a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course?

A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is designed to support those completing their initial teacher training in their chosen subject. The contents should provide trainees with a developed knowledge and understanding in preparation for teaching and delivery of the curriculum.
Who completes an SKE?
Prospective teachers who have already secured a place with a Teacher Training organisation (Schools Direct or SCITT) but the place is conditional based on improving Computer Science subject knowledge.
Prospective teachers who have been working in industry but have not used school based programming languages.
Prospective teachers who have a Computer Science degree that needs updating or needs supplementing to be able to teach at GCSE and A-Level
Prospective teachers who have an IT- related degree and require an introductory programming course.
How long is the course and what does it involve?
The course runs over 8 weeks through online activities, weekly 2 hour taught sessions, and a once a week e-tutor session.
Activities will include a reflective log to support progress and best practice, formative assessment tasks and activities and the development of programming project.
What will be covered from week to week?
Week 1: Algorithms, Abstraction and Decomposition 
Week 2: Sequencing, Selection and Iteration
Week 3: Arrays and FOR loops
Week 4: Subroutines, local and global variables
Week 5: Data Representation
Week 6: Computer system architecture, hardware and software
Week 7: Logic gates and boolean algebra
Week 8: How to approach a non-examined assessment
Why complete your SKE course with the Cardinal Vaughan School?
The school’s Computing Science department has some of the best results in the country, last year 54.5% of the pupils taking the subject at GCSE achieved an A* compared to the national average of 6.3%
All course teachers are qualified, practicing teachers with undergraduate degrees or higher in Computer Science or related subjects.
All course teachers have experience in delivering Computing and Computer Science at A-level, GCSE and KS3.
In addition to online and self-study components, the course includes taught sessions meaning participants will benefit from face-face support. These sessions are flexible and are available after school or Saturday mornings.
Trainees will have the opportunity to observe Computing lessons at the Cardinal Vaughan School
As a Teaching School, the Cardinal Vaughan has an excellent track record for delivering outstanding teacher training and CPD.
The school is situated near excellent transport links including Shepherds Bush Overground, Shepherds Bush and Holland Park Central line and a number of bus routes.
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