Skills beyond coding

The skills you'll gain from studying Computer Science go way beyond learning to code. You'll learn to identify a problem then design and build your own creative solutions, as well as learn to solve complex problems using a systematic and logical approach, and much more. 

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Initiative

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Mathematics

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Break Down Complex Problems

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Creative Problem Solving

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Teamwork

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Our Junior Coders Courses follow the National Curriculum with an emphasis on the hands-on programming components of the syllabus. Throughout these courses, topics and core coding concepts will be introduced through a mix of tutor-led and student-driven projects, which also allow students to develop their understanding of each phase of a project including:

  • Analysis and decomposing a problem

  • Identifying and designing possible solutions

  • Developing and implementing a solution

  • Testing and refactoring the solution

  • Evaluating their proposal and solution

As part of the GCSE requirements, Computer Science students must develop practical programming skills as they will encounter each of these phases in their Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) where their ability to apply their skills to each phase of a project will be tested and evaluated.

We provide support for both parts of the syllabus:

  1. COMPUTER SYSTEMS
    - System architecture
    - Memory and storage
    - Wired and wireless networks
    - Network topologies, protocols and layers
    - System security and systems software
    - Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
     

  2. COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
    - Algorithms
    - Programming techniques
    - Producing robust programs
    - Computational logic
    - Translators and facilities of language
    - Data representation

Click on the links below for more information about the GCSE Computer Science syllabus for each Examination Board:

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"Thanks Gerard for going above and beyond in helping my son Kyal achieve Grade 9 in his GCSE in June. The tiny bits of extra support makes a world of difference, especially when identifying problems with programming, that his school has not been able to do. He looks forward to the next 2 years of A Levels with confidence especially when it comes to in depth theory work."

- Sandeep Patel

"Gérard and Katrina are both very enthusiastic about teaching and keep the kids very engaged. Both my daughter and son have been been taught there and my son is currently doing his IGCSE there [Achieved a grade 9 in Year 10]. Both have always looked forward to their lessons. Would definitely recommend DiscoG!"

- Shitel Patel

"Thank you for all the work you are doing with my son, he loves your lessons he is so enthusiastic about learning with you!! You will be the one to get through his GCSE’s with flying colours and certainly not his school class teacher. The positive feedback you keep giving my son as it makes him so happy that he wants to please you more by doing even better and better! Thank you again for your excellence!! I would have no hesitation in recommending Gerard and Kat they are the best in the business!"

- Sarita D'mello

"I found Gerard by accident from a local advert and what a find! I needed a [Computer Science] tutor for my son as this was definitely something that I could not help my son with.

 

Gerard was excellent and very dedicated to help my son and he quickly built a good understanding of my son's strengths and weaknesses for his GCSE Computer Science exam. So good, that he got a Grade 9 and won the Computer Science Prize at his school. Thank you Gerard."

- Bhavna Shah

"As a GCSE student, Gerard's help with my NEA was invaluable. I learnt a lot from Gerard and highly recommend him."

- Anant Shah

"My daughter started coding with Gerard at the end of year 5 and absolutely loved it. Gerard was patient and great with kids. He had guided my daughter all the way to year 10 and helped her achieved a 9 in IGCSE Computer Science. A year early! Gerard is a wonderful teacher so is his daughter. I will not hesitate in recommending DiscoG Coding Academy!"

- Annie Fang

"We found DiscoG when my daughter was in year 10. She was struggling at school with a poorly planned Computing syllabus and a one-dimensional teaching department - despite all her efforts she was losing enthusiasm for this crucial life skill subject.

 

DiscoG were a rescuer and a revelation. Incredible dad and daughter team have transformed her in 15 short months: (1) they are enthusiastic; (2) flexible teaching style based around each individual child; (3) wide variety of extra-curricular lesson times; (4) dedicated massive and effective effort via zoom medium during pandemic; (5) they make it fun.

 

In short, our daughter now loves computing - a crucial life skill rescued for her from what otherwise would have been an unnecessary mental block. Teaching, Coaching and mentoring like it should be. Thank you DiscoG!!!"

- Ravi Rastogi

 

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