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 and web authoring. This will be covered on one lesson a week. Homework takes the form of traditional worksheets and mini projects which are delivered at the end of the unit. 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 E-Safety Application Development Application Development Game Creation with Scratch Game Creation with Scratch
8 Murder Mystery Murder Mystery Game Creation with Python Game Creation with Python Web Design with Graphics Web Design with Graphics

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 homeworks.  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 must be completed to pass the course. To be successful at this course students will also complete two exams which are worth 50% 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 and basic video editing and advertising. In Year 10, students will begin their course in Creative iMedia whic comprises of 3 coursework units worth 25% each and one exam worth 25%. In the first term they will analyse graphics, show an understanding of a client brief and work plan and then make their own graphic for a product. In the last half of Y10 they will prepare for an exam. In Y11 they will student web development and finish off with a video. They will have two opportunities to sit their an exam.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Project Management Project Management Project Management Video Editing and Advertising Video Editing and Advertising Video Editing and Advertising
10 Graphics Graphics Graphics Pre-production theory Pre-production theory Pre-production theory
11 Web Development Web Development Video Editing Video Editing Recap on coursework gaps Recap on coursework gaps

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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. The second unit the will study Their 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 are two coursework units 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 Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Using ICT to Create Business Solutions Web Development Web Development Web Development
10 Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems Understanding Computer Systems

 

Key Stage 4 – 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.