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Pre-GCSE Computing (KS3) – Group 1

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Live classes return on February 19th
Please click “More” below for full term dates

From September 2024, KS3 Computing will be available as self-paced only.

Welcome to KS3 Computing! Scroll down to open your lessons for the course.

Each topic is run as a 5 week “half term” with weekly videos, assignments, and practical work.

KS3 Year 1 Classes are Mondays at 11.30am UK Time (maximum 10 students)

Please click “See more” for full class dates

This Pre-GCSE / KS3 Computing course allows your child to follow a course of study based around the latest British computing curriculum, informed by the National Centre for Computing Education. Students learn using a set of recorded and live lessons, covering the key aspects of Computing: ICT, Digital Literacy, & Computer Science.

Group 1 is aimed at learners aged 11 – 14 who have an interest in studying Computer Science or Games Design at a later date. Each class is led by a qualified Computer Science teacher (Holly Billinghurst) who specializes in distance learning for Computer Science.

If you would prefer to study these topics independently, a self-study option for each topic is available to purchase separately through our online courses.

Fees above are for one year of study representing £11.25 per week for 5 terms study (September to May/June). Although other courses may be cheaper, we have an absolute maximum of 10 students in a class, allowing Holly to give every child individual attention – every class is fully interactive with activities and notes provided.

Live Classes

Group lessons take place via Google Meet with a maximum group size of 10 to allow all students to participate fully. Once courses are full, I am unable to take further enrolments for the live class.

TopicClasses (Mondays at 11.30am)Tutor
History of DataWeek 1: 12th September
Week 2: 19th September
Week 3: 26th September
Week 4: 2nd October
Week 5: 9th October

Additional Optional October Workshop: 16th October
Jay Shurey/
Holly Billinghurst
Web AwarenessWeek 1: 6th November
Week 2: 13th November
Week 3: 20th November
Week 4: 27th November
Week 5: 4th December
Holly Billinghurst
Programming Concepts in ScratchWeek 1: 8th January
Week 2: 15th January
Week 3: 22nd January
Week 4: 29th January
Week 5: 5th February
Holly Billinghurst
Python Turtle ProgrammingWeek 1: 19th February
Week 2: 26th February
Week 3: 4th March
Week 4: 11th March
Week 5: 18th March
Holly Billinghurst
Programming in SpreadsheetsWeek 1: 15th April
Week 2: 22nd April
Week 3: 29th April
Week 4: 13th May
Week 5: 20th May

*no lesson on 6th May – Bank Holiday
Holly Billinghurst
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What Will You Learn?

  • Understanding Digital Data
  • Online & Digital Safety
  • Programming in Scratch
  • Visual Programming with Python
  • Creating Games with Spreadsheets

Course Content

Course Introduction & Information

Lesson Recordings

History of Data (from cave paintings to computers)

Web Awareness (e-safety & netiquette)

Programming Concepts in Scratch

Python Turtle Programming

An Introduction To Spreadsheets

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