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 when using social media, spreadsheet and database software, game creation in Scratch, basic programming in Python, the basic hardware and software that is needed for a PC and web authoring and app design. 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 Animal Rescue Centre Animal Rescue Centre 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, advanced programming techniques in Python, hardware and software used to run a PC, 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. The exam board for the entry level qualification is OCR. Students must be in line for a grade B 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 – Networking Developments Unit 3 – Networking Developments

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Computer Science

Once students have successfully completed Entry Level Computing, students will then start there GCSE for Computer Science in Year 10. This 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 units include: Computer Systems and Programming which is worth 40%, A Practical Investigation which is worth 30% and A Programming Project which is also worth 30%.

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 Practical Investigation with HTML, CSS and JavaScript Computer Systems and Programming Theory Computer Systems and Programming Theory Computer Systems and Programming Theory Computer Systems and Programming Theory Computer Systems and Programming Theory

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Years 9 & 10 – ICT

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 formula and functions for use on a spreadsheet and using advance interactive features to make an interactive presentation. This will be covered in three lessons a week in Year 9 and two lessons a week in Year 10. Homework is usually paper based. The exam board for the level 2 qualification is OCR. There is one examined unit and three coursework units. Each unit is worth 25%.

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 3 – Handling Data Using Spreadsheets Unit 3 – Handling Data Using Spreadsheets Unit 5 – Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia Components Unit 5 – Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia Components
10 Unit 5 – Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia Components 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

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Years 9 & 10 IT ECDL

The European Driving Licence (ECDL) will focus solely of the skills needed to use Microsoft Office efficiently. During this course they will learn how to use the features of PowerPower, Word and Excel. In a world where we are increasing reliant on I literacy, this course will be crucial for students success in further education and employment.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Microsoft Applications – PowerPoint Microsoft Applications – PowerPoint Microsoft Applications – Word Microsoft Applications – Word
10 Microsoft Applications – Excel Microsoft Applications – Excel Microsoft Applications – PowerPoint, Word and Excel Microsoft Applications – PowerPoint, Word and Excel Scratch Scratch

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Business Studies

This is an option subject in which students learn about the different types of businesses and organisations both in a local and national context. In Year 9 they will study the purpose, aims and objectives of a large and small business which will also provide an opportunity to visit the respective businesses to gain first-hand experience, this will be assessed through a controlled assessment report at the end of the year. In Year 10 students will then study the organisational functions of one of the businesses studied in Year 9 as well as analysing how the business trades ethically within its sector, this will also be assessed through a controlled assessment report at the end of the year. In Year 11 Students will study Finance in preparation for an exam at the end of the year. Delivery is through 2 lessons a week in each of the years 9 through to 11. Homework is paper based and will usually form the basis of research in to the organisations studied as well preparing their notes for the timed reports in Year 9 & 10.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Enterprise Purpose, Aims & Objectives Business Activities Competition Ethical Trading Business Comparisons
10 Organisational
Structures
Human Resources Customer Service Operations/ICT Marketing Communications
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 to a Business open day which is designed by Manchester Metropolitan University.