How are the lessons run ?
Lessons are done via Electa (online virtual classroom). Lessons are recorded if a student is ill or on holiday. If lessons are recorded, only students in that class will be able to view the lesson.
What equipment will I need ?
You will need either a PC running Windows, Max Os, Linux, or an iPad in order to use Skype, Electa, and Moodle. No other equipment is required.
When are the courses run ?
We run scheduled courses several times each week. Usually during the day on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
What courses do you offer ?
We run courses in Key Stage 3Computer Science. More details here.
We run courses for IGCSE Computer Science (1 and 2 year). Please note we no longer run courses in ICT.
How long does the IGCSE course take ?
Full Course Over 1 academic year: 2hrs of online lessons per week, with a short break in between. This is a fast-paced course and students will need to spend approximately 6 hours a week outside of lesson time. Lessons will finish around the end of April. Further revision lessons will be available if requested.
Full Course over 2 academic years: 1 hr lesson per week. This is a slower paced class suitable for younger children to give time to develop their programming skills.
Does the price include the exam ?
No, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to pay for the exam and find an exam centre. We will assist as much as possible in finding a centre.
What exam board and course do you cover?
I cover Cambridge International Examiners (CIE) 0478 IGCSE Computer Science. For full details on this course please see my blog post about it here.
Do you cover everything for the exam?
Yes. I cover 100% of the syllabus (and more!). I also set mock exams nearer to the exam dates, and provide a revision schedule if required. I also go through past exam papers and help students prepare for the exam.
How many are in a class?
This depends on the class day/time, but it’s usually between 6-15 students.
How much does the course cost?
I charge £7.50 per hour. Lessons are term time only and over the entire course it works out at around £500 for both the one and two year academic options (IGCSE). For KS3 courses are in 5 or 6 week blocks of one hour lessons.
Payment is every term to spread the cost.
Am I tied in for the whole course?
No. If your child drops out, you only have to pay for that half term.
How do I pay?
Initially by Paypal to register, then I invoice every half term and prefer payment by Direct Transfer.
Do I need to buy course books?
Yes, you’ll need to buy these two books:
Do you have a lesson sample?
No. I don’t have a lesson sample I’m afraid.
Is there homework?
Yes. Homework is set every week and students are expected to complete it. I have a Moodle website where students can access lesson recordings, lesson notes and homework. Homework usually takes around 1-2 hours per week for the two year course, double that for the one year intensive course.
Who teaches the lessons?
Julia Roebuck teaches all the lessons. She has a degree in Computer Science and over 20 years programming experience. Her degree is a 2:1 BSc(Hons) Information Technology (Software Development) from The University of Huddersfield 1996.
What extra support do you give?
Every student who enrols with can get individual help during Office Hours with Julia every Thursday evening 7-8pm (Term Time). Students are also welcome to email me for help if they can’t make this time. I aim to respond within 24 hours, but usually respond much quicker than that. Please note that I cannot chase students for their homeworks but parents can log into the Moodle website to view their child’s grades and my comments. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child attends the lessons and completes the homeworks.
What is your track record for student passes, do you have any personal testimonies?
My previous student grades and testimonies are listed here.
Will I need previous experience ?
No previous computing experience is needed. Those without previous programming experience (or limited experience) may need to dedicate additional time to the subject in order to learn the skills. Homework will be set every week and is expected to be done in order to prepare sufficiently for the exam.
Does it involve programming?
Computer programming is a large part of this exam. The exam board recommend a number of programming languages to prepare for the exam, and we use Python which is one of these. In the written exam, students write “pseudo code” based on their programming experience.
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