The Computer Science and Business Studies Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mr T Rahman

Computer Science is a new subject in schools which requires students to apply their mathematical and problem solving skills to various computing projects which range from creating formula on a spreadsheet to programming their own website or app. Without this subject, all the gadgets that we take for granted wouldn’t exist. We encourage students to work hard in this subject and to consider taking this subject to GCSE and beyond as computing is our future.

Business Studies is also an important subject as without the skills in commerce and finance we would not be able to compete in a global economy. We equip our students with enough business knowledge to enable them to become entrepreneurs or take their skills on the A-Level and beyond.

Key Stage 3 – Computer Science

Students will study E-Safety, spreadsheet and database software, game creation in Scratch, basic programming in Python, basic hardware and software that is needed for a PC, web authoring and encryption. This will be covered on one lesson a week. Homework takes the form of traditional worksheets, mini projects which are delivered at the end of the unit and interactive exercises on the VLE. We will assess students at the end of each project by looking at the final product that they produce using the lessons they have learned.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 E-safety Application Development Application Development Game Creation with Scratch Game Creation with Scratch PC Basics
8 Murder Mystery Game Creation with Python Game Creation with Python Web Design with Graphics Web Design with Graphics Cryptography

Key Stage 4 – Computer Science Foundation Stage

Students will understand the importance of, programming techniques in Python, hardware and software used to run a PC and trends in computing which includes the rise in digital media. This is covered in two lessons a week. Homework for programming takes the form of online exercises using code academy. The other units will have paper based and VLE based exercises for them to complete. Students must be in line for a grade 6 in both Computer Science and Mathematics at the end of Year 8 to join this subject.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Unit 1 – Programming Unit 1 – Programming Unit 2 – Hardware, Software and Logic Unit 2 – Hardware, Software and Logic Unit 3 – Computer Science Developments Unit 3 – Computer Science Developments

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Computer Science (Optional)

Once students have successfully completed the foundation year to Computer Science in Year 9, students will then start their GCSE for Computer Science in Year 10 by working on the advanced programming skills they need for NEA (Non-exam assessment) and for one of the two papers they will take in Year 11. In their final year they must complete a NEA project which is worth 20% of their final mark. To be successful at this course students will also complete two exams which are worth 40% each and will test their abilities in programming, problem solving, logic and their understanding of how computers work. This course gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works, provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. The exam board used is OCR.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10 Recap of Basic Python Programming Techniques and acquisition of advanced Python Programming Recap of Basic Python Programming Techniques and acquisition of advanced Python Programming

Advanced programming techniques:

parameter passing, searching and sorting techniques.

Advanced programming techniques:

parameter passing, searching and sorting techniques.

SQL Development SQL Development
11

NEA (Non- exam

assessment)

NEA (Non- exam

assessment)

Computer Systems Theory Computer Systems Theory Computer Systems Theory Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

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Key Stage 4 – Information Technology (Optional)

Some students who want a career in IT but not Computer Science will opt for this. In Year 9 students will cover the basics of project management in teams, basic video editing and advertising and will then learn just enough skill to put their previous projects on to a website. In Year 10, students will begin their course in CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications). They will begin by gaining recapping the skills in project management. They will then use these skills to complete a project for a fictional company. They will need to use all their video editing and advertising skills as well as some new ones to complete this part of the course which is worth 75%. In Year 11 we will recap their basic skills in web development and then enhance these with more advanced HTML, CSS and JavaScript programming skills in preparation for their final exam which is worth 25% of the final mark. The exam board used is Edexcel.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Project Management Project Management Video Editing and Advertising Video Editing and Advertising Web Development Web Development
10 Video Editing Video Editing Video Editing Advertising Advertising Advertising
11 Advanced Web Development Advanced Web Development Advanced Web Development Preparation for the exam Preparation for the exam Preparation for the exam

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Year 9 + 10 Core Information Technology and Computer Science Skills (Core)

Students will understand the importance of using industry standard software, such as Office 2013 and Adobe Suite 6 to create a range of documents for a fictional business, using advance formulae and functions for use on a spreadsheet and they will learn how to use a database both on its own and when used for a mail merge. There creative and problem solving skills are also tested. This will be covered in three lessons a week in Year 9 and one lesson a fortnight in Year 10. Homework is usually paper based. There is one examined unit in Year 10 and one coursework unit in Year 9. Each unit is worth 50%. Students who complete the course successfully will gain a certificate from the faculty.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Unit 2 – Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Unit 2 – Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Unit 2 – Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Unit 2 – Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems
10 Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems

 

Year 11 Enterprise

This course is designed to develop learners’ life skills. It is made up of two parts, the Preparation for Working Life qualification and the Young Enterprise team programme. The preparation for life course is ratified by AQA and leads to an A* to G grade. The Young Enterprise element encourages the learners to set up and run their own company. They have the opportunity to take part in trade fairs and competitions to develop their communication skills and confidence while working as part of a team. Past teams have been hugely successful, producing winners at both local and national level during the competition stage.

Please note that this course is in its last year and the information for Year 9 and 10 is only to inform you as to what your child has studied leading up to their final year of study.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Setting up a company Advertising and marketing Health and safety Promoting an event Work life balance Reviewing the event
10 Preparing for and attending an interview Selecting a product Planning an event Health and safety Mock exam Developing independence
11 Personal budgeting and finance Getting a job Planning an event Healthy living / work life balance Preparation for exam Preparation for exam

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Business Studies (Optional)

This is an option subject in which students learn about the different types of businesses and organisations both in a local and national context. Years 9 and 10 are now on the new 9 – 1 specification for Business Studies. In Year 9 they will study a sample of units that they will be expected to cover in detail in Year 10. In Year 10 students will then recap what was learned in Year 9 but with additional content added in. In current Year 11, who are following the old specification, students will study Finance in preparation for an exam at the end of the year. Delivery is through 4 lessons a fortnight in Year 9 and 5 lessons a fortnight in Years 10 and 11. Homework is paper based and will usually form the basis of research in to the organisations studied. The exam board used is Edexcel.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9

Foundation to

Enterprise and entrepreneurs

Foundation to

Enterprise and entrepreneurs

Foundation to spotting a business opportunity Foundation to spotting a business opportunity

Foundation to

putting a business idea into practice

Foundation to

putting a business idea into practice

10 Enterprise and entrepreneurs Enterprise and entrepreneurs and spotting a business opportunity Enterprise and entrepreneurs and spotting a business opportunity Putting a business idea into practice Making financial decisions Understanding external influences on business
11

Stakeholders

Attracting /
Retaining
Customers

Financial Documents Payment Methods Financial Statements Ratios

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Additional Information

Staff encourage students to come back after school to complete any work that has been missed or to ask for additional help. Resources are on the VLE which enable students to download learning materials at home or on holiday.

All Business Studies students are invited to take part in the trip to Manchester Airport as it forms part of the controlled assessment. They will also be invited on other trips such as to Jaguar Land Rover.