AOKlearning Limited
269 Blythswood Court
Cadogan Square
Anderston Centre
Glasgow G2 7PH

Tel: +44 (0)141 221 1001
Fax: +44 (0)8704 909081


AOK organises study visits to Scotland. Please click on the link for more information.





Based in the Scottish Borders, David Bethune began his professional career as a teacher of Physics, then retrained in Computing, and worked in Hawick High School for 15 years, as PT Computer Education and as Assistant Headteacher.  Since 2003, he has focussed on a variety of educational development roles, including delivering CPD to teachers, setting H and AH Computing exams, tutoring and lecturing to PGDE students at Edinburgh University, authoring materials for the SCHOLAR project, LTScotland and for sale throughout the UK, and occasional supply teaching for his former department.  David is currently working mainly for SQA, developing new national qualifications in the technologies area.  In his spare time(!), he is a photographer, hill-walker, Community Councillor, church activist, trustee/treasurer of several local charities and a grandpa!


Eric Forrester is an External Verifier for the SQA and has been a Principal Teacher of Computing and Computing Staff Tutor. He was part of the team that produced the teaching and learning materials for the original Higher Computing (and Standard Grade Physics) and also part of the SQA Qualification Design Team for the revised PC Passport courses writing Unit Specifications and ASPs at levels 4, 5 and 6.


David Carty has taught Computing for numerous years within Glasgow - and is currently running a Computing Department within Glasgow City Council. He is a co-author to numerous CfE materials which are being used by more than 150 schools in Scotland and have been adapted for use in England and abroad. David works as an SQA marker and is a member of the NC Computing Qualification Sector Team. David has delivered training courses covering the Computing curriculum to teachers for a number of years.

Introduction to games development using Kodu
Thursday 6th October 2011 - FULLY BOOKED
Friday 2nd December 2011 - NEW date added
09.30 - 15.30
£159 plus VAT

Introduction to games development using Kodu Kodu is a free games development environment supported and distributed by Microsoft. Kodu allows the user to quickly create games that work in 3D. Kodu provides an easy-to-use games development environment that can be used by a wide range of abilities, making it particularly suitable for use with CfE Computer Science courses in S1 – S3, while also satisfying the requirements for the SQA course Computer Games Development at levels 4, 5 and 6. This one-day course will introduce teachers to Kodu and will provide them with teaching and learning materials that they can use with their pupils in their schools. 

Teaching Higher Computing
Course date coming soon

A one day overview of the Higher Computing course, especially suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Higher Computing.  We will consider


  • course content and planning
  • choosing the optional unit 
  • available resources 
  • good principles in teaching Software Development
  • preparing candidates for the coursework task
  • applying AifL principles to Higher Computing

Getting to grips with Java using Greenfoot
Friday 28th October 2011 - COURSE CANCELLED

You've used Scratch with your S3 class, but unsure what to do next...or you're wondering how to introduce object-oriented programming concepts to your AH Computing class.  Greenfoot could be the answer!  This course offeres a practical introduction to Greenfoot - no previous experience required.

Achieving Success in Advanced Higher Computing
Date coming soon

This course will consider:

  • course content and planning
  • available resources - how to steer candidates through the Coursework project
  • preparing candidates for the final exam
  • applying AifL principles to AH Computing