GCSE CS Masterclasses

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Our GCSE Computer Science masterclasses span 32 separate lessons run throughout the academic year covering topics for both GCSE & iGCSE specifications. This course is designed to support year 10/11 students already attending lessons in school or through a formal course to cover regular revision and understand how to access the top grades at GCSE.

If you are looking to access a full distance learning GCSE Course, please click here.

 

Fees below are for one year of study representing £15 per week for 34 weeks of study (self-paced with marking is reduced to £7.50 per week). 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.

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Once registered, you will have access to weekly masterclass lessons for GCSE & iGCSE Computer Science. Every week includes:

  • Video lessons from fully qualified Computer Science tutor (Holly Billinghurst)
  • Weekly (term time) live group classes with our qualified Computer Science Tutor (Claire Gyrspeert)
  • Written content and downloadable tasks / worksheets
  • Student message boards for help between lessons
  • Assessment opportunities
    • On Screen quizzes
    • Practical Programming tasks
    • Weekly Tutor Marked Assignments throughout the course

Live Classes

Group lessons take place via Zoom 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.

Current classes:

    • Wednesdays 5pm – 6pm

Topics for each lesson are shown below. Where a live lesson date has passed, the recorded & downloadable content remains available to students.

*courses are available to students up to the end of the academic year of enrolment.

Session Topics SEPTEMBER
Tutor
1 Hexadecimal Holly Billinghurst GCSE Level Exam Dates : 
2 Python Programming 1 & Claire Gryspeert AQA OCR
3 Bitmap Images & File Sizes 8525 1 J277 1 TBC June 2023
4 Searching Algorithms 8525 2 J277 2 TBC June 2023
5 Sorting Algorithms 8525 2 J277 2 TBC June 2023
6 1D Arrays in Programming
7 2D Arrays In Programming
AUTUMN HALF TERM
8 The CPU & Processor Performance CIE 0984 / 0458 1 TBC
9 Translators & Low Level Languages 0984 / 0458 2 TBC
10 Network Hardware
11 Interpreting Algorithms With Trace Tables
12 Network Addressing & Protocols
CHRISTMAS BREAK
13 iGCSE Programming Tasks Walkthrough
14 Logic Gates & Truth Tables
15 Main & Virtual Memory
16 Flowcharts for Programming
17 Types of Network
18 Beyond Arrays (The use of records & SQL)
19 Malware & Other Threats
SPRING HALF TERM
20 Defensive Programming (Robust Programming)
21 Ultility Software & Data Safety
22 Characteristics of an IDE
23 Testing Programs
24 Compression Algorithms
25 Methods of Encryption
EASTER BREAK
26 The Internet & The Cloud
27 Long Answer Questions (Legal)
28 iGCSE Exam Paper Walkthrough
29 Long Answer Questions (Ethics)
SUMMER HALF TERM
30 Long Answer Questions (Environmental)
31 OCR Exam Paper Walkthrough
32 AQA Exam Paper Walkthrough

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Exam Fees & Registration Included?

The GCSE CS Masterclass course is a revision support course and does not cover the full specification. Our course covers the main topics that help students access top grades at GCSE, and it is assumed that you are currently attending school or another formal course.

Tutors and examsWe are an approved partner with the Tutors & Exams private exam centre and as such our students are able to apply to book with the UK centres with preferential rates. Please get in touch with us for our T&E partner code once enrolled should you wish to sit your exams with them. This code will be confirmed with us to enable your partner rate.

 

Does The Course Include Live Tuition?

The main part of this course is a weekly live class for students our students via zoom. All live lessons are run as an interactive classroom with activities, notes, and help included.

To allow Claire to provide individual assistance and build strong relationships with our students, we limit our group sizes to 10.

How Do I Access The Live Class?

Once you have enrolled for the option which includes live classes, you will be provided a link to our live classes directly through the online course.

When logging into Zoom, we ask that your Zoom name is your child’s first name, or a recognisable username. This helps Claire to keep classrooms safe. Where someone logs into a Zoom classroom with an unrecognised name, a message will be sent to the waiting room asking them to update their username.

To join a zoom meeting with a different username, click the “Join” button in the Zoom App:

Zoom join

Then enter the zoom meeting ID and update your name on the pop up:

Zoom join meeting

Do I need Any Textbooks / Resources?

There is no need for any additional textbook as all resources for learning are included in your course.

Whilst the course has been designed to include all of the information required to study our units, you will require access to certain software to allow you to prepare for the practical aspects of the exam.

It is assumed that you will have access to Office application (Microsoft or Open Office). Other units require a free website account to access them (in particular, Repl.it for programming).

Does The Course Include Practical Programming Skills?

Yes. We ensure that all of our courses from KS3 to A Level include practical aspects in both the independent lessons and live classes. You can expect to be guided through practical programming skills through a series of regular Tutor Marked Assignments that include a programming question every week, and annual mock exams with full tutor feedback.

Do You Offer Any Discounts / Taster Lessons?

I am always happy to offer a trial lesson for a one-off payment of £15 where spaces permit. Alternatively, you can access a pre-recorded taster course for free here.

Standard fees are through the weekly installment plan, but we do offer a 25% reduced fee for payment in full at the start of the year.

Each year, we offer a small number of privately funded scholarships to students who have reserved a place on our courses. To apply for a 2022/23 scholarship place, please apply here

Do I Have The Option To Cancel?

Your committment to the course is by half term (approximately 6 weeks). Should you find that the course is not for you, your weekly payments will be stopped at the end of the current half term, and a refund will be given for any overpayment where applicable.

Can I Enrol As An Adult Learner?

As live classes are aimed at under 18s, we are unable to accept adult learners in the live classes. However, adult learners can complete the course using the self-paced option with tutor marking, or through individual tuition.

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