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Computing & Business

About the Faculty

Welcome to the Computing and Business faculty webpage. We have 3 full time members of staff. We are a successful faculty, achieving good results across all year groups. We believe that Computing and Business are a key subjects for students in their future careers.

Computing And Business Assessment And Marking Policy
Computing And Business Assessment Plan - Autumn Term 1
Computing And Business Assessment Plan - Autumn Term 2

Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3

In Computing, students are taught 2 periods per fortnight in Years 7 and 8, and 3 periods per fortnight in Year 9. Students are taught together in tutor groups for the duration of their time in Key Stage 3 Computing.

Since September 2014, we follow the new National Curriculum in Computing. The emphasis of the new curriculum is a move towards programming and problem solving. In Years 7 – 9 students learn to program using the programming language, Python, and how to solve problems using flowcharting based scenarios. Students also create websites using HTML and WebPlus X8. By the end of Year 9, the expected outcome is that students have the desired skill set to follow either the Computer Science syllabus at GCSE or tCOMP_KS3_1he Level 2 ICT syllabus.

Year 7 – students in Year 7 complete the first unit on Internet and E-Safety.  They also look at spreadsheets in a unit based around a Ski School.  Towards the end of Year 7 they will get the opportunity to program in class using the BBC Microbit and finally look at Computer Graphics.
Year 8 – students create an integrated project for a Theme Park and present what they have done in a portfolio.  Students are also introduced to programming elements using Snap and TouchDevelop software.  In the final term students look at Computing theory with topics such as Binary, Storage and Binary Logic.
Year 9 – students do further programming work using the Python coding language, using this language and program they will create a quiz game.  Throughout the year, we will look at creating websites, using spreadsheet and database software and looking at the impact of computers on individuals and society.  The purpose of Year 9 is to prepare students for Key Stage 4 Computing qualifications.

Assessment Opportunities

At KS3 we regularly assess students’ work.  Work is marked and levelled in accordance with the school’s marking policy.

Every half term students have a set list of key subject vocabulary to learn as part of the individual faculty spelling test.

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Enrichment Opportunites

As part of our on-going approach to enrichment opportunities, we offer a Computer Games Club after school each week. We encourage students to develop their skills in programming and ICT by focusing on online tutorials and skills at home.

Year 10 – Key Stage 4

The OCR GCSE in Computer Science comprises of three units: two examination papers and a practical programming project

Component 1: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.

Component 2: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes                              ks4_computing_2

50% of the qualification

Component 3: Practical Programming Projects

20 timetabled hours

(Component 3 contributes no marks towards the learners qualification grade but students must complete it as part of the course requirements)

This component requires learners to produce a programmed solution to a problem. They must analyse the problem, design a solution to the problem, develop a final programmed solution, test the solution and give suggestions for further development of the solution. Throughout the production of the solution learners are required to produce a refinement log that evidences the development of the solution.

Assessment Structure

Component 1 is assessed by a written examination; Component 2 is assessed by a written examination.  Component 3 is a programming project which needs to be completed by the candidate in class. Component 1 is worth 50% of the mark, and Component 2 is worth 50% of the overall mark.. This qualification is assessed at GCSE from grades 1 to 9.

Examination Board: OCR

Business

Why are more people shopping online?  Why are High Street shops closing?  What impact is Brexit having on the UK economy?  Why does things cost more in shops this year?  These are just some of many, many key things that you will find out about by studying Business at GCSE.

Business is a subject that will give you an insight on how the world of work operates.  It will give you an idea about the way businesses recruit employees, how and where they decide to sell their products and also the techniques and skills they employ in order to make a profit.

As part of the course, you will look at both the UK and Global Business environment. You will study topics including Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, eCommerce, Retail/Selling and Laws/Legislations.

This is a very hands on and engaging course, and your lessons will be based within Computing rooms.  You will build on your ongoing Computing skills within lessons using software applications such as spreadsheet, word processing and presentation.  You will also be using the Internet as part of researching and investigating business.  You will be looking at case studies and also have the opportunity to work within small groups within lesson.  As part of your study you will look at real life business organisations

Assessment Structure

The course is assessed by 2 written examination papers which are taken at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 : Investigating Small Business (1BS0/01) – 90 marks , 90 minutes, 50% towards the final GCSE grade.

Paper 2 : Building a Business (1BS0/02) – 90 marks, 90 minutes, 50% towards the final GCSE grade.

Both examinations are a standard tier paper.

Career Pathway

Students who study this course have the option of pursuing the course to Level 3 study at sixth form or college.  There are also apprenticeship pathways available for students working within a business environment.  This course can lead towards careers in accounting and finance, business administration, human resources, marketing, social media marketing, advertising, ecommerce and retail.

Examination Board: Edexcel

Year 11 – Key Stage 4

Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies

The Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies is for students who have opted in Year 9 to continue with their interest in following computing into Key Stage 4.

The Cambridge National Certificate is made up of two assessed components.

Unit R012 – Is an examination which is 1hr 45 minutes in length.  This covers all the theory which is studied throughout the course.  This is a written examination.

Unit R013 – Is a unit of assessment which is completed in school under a supervised period of 20 hours.  Students will complete a project which is based around a pre-release material.

Assessment Structure

Unit R012 is a written examination which contributes 50% towards the students overall final mark.  The remaining 50% mark comes from Unit R013 which is completed within class under supervision. The qualification is graded from Level 2 Distinction, right down to Level 1 Pass.

Examination Board: OCR

Qualification Accreditation Number: 603/1311/0

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The OCR GCSE in Computer Science comprises of three units: two examination papers and a practical programming project

Component 1: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.

Component 2: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes                              ks4_computing_2

50% of the qualification

This component investigates the use of programming techniques, logical thinking and planning out and implement solutions to computer based problems.  Students will be expected to understand algorithms and other logical based problem solving solutions.

Component 3: Practical Programming Projects

20 timetabled hours

(Component 3 contributes no marks towards the learners qualification grade but students must complete it as part of the course requirements)

This component requires learners to produce a programmed solution to a problem. They must analyse the problem, design a solution to the problem, develop a final programmed solution, test the solution and give suggestions for further development of the solution. Throughout the production of the solution learners are required to produce a refinement log that evidences the development of the solution.

Assessment Structure

Component 1 is assessed by a written examination; Component 2 is assessed by a written examination.  Component 3 is a programming project which needs to be completed by the candidate in class. Component 1 is worth 50% of the mark, and Component 2 is worth 50% of the overall mark.. This qualification is assessed at GCSE from grades 1 to 9.

Examination Board: OCR

Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form

Computer Science

The 3 unit A-Level in Computer Science is for students who enjoy studying Computer Science and wish to continue it into Sixth Form. Students will have the opportunity to look at the latest issues effecting the world of Computing, as well as developing their coding and problem solving skills to meet the needs of a real world end user. This course is ideally suited for students that are engaged and passionate about Computing and who are looking to further develop their programming skills and understanding in a
supportive environment.

Are you interested in:

 Creating and developing solutions using programming languages
 Understanding how computers and computer systems work
 Creating and developing a coded project for an end user
 Understanding how security and encryption is used in society

Y13 Assessment: Paper 1 (Examination) Paper 2 (Examination) Project (Coursework)

This course allows students to continue the subject in Post 16 from the popular course offered at GCSE. The Computer Science course is excellent for students looking to further advance their programming skills. You will be able to come up with your own solutions to problems.

Examination Board: OCR

Course Code: H446

A Level Business

Exam Board: Edexcel

A Level Business will give you an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business. It is not just a theoretical subject it is about real life. You will learn about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. You will investigate problems which real businesses are currently facing anduse your initiative to develop possible solutions.

Are you interested in:
 Finding out how businesses use advertising to persuade us to purchase products?
 Finding out the impact that world events have on businesses?
 Understanding the different stages of production of different consumer products?
 Understanding the recruitment techniques that businesses use to find new employees?

Assessment

3 two hour papers, each contributing one third of the final mark

A minimum of 10% of the marks will come from mathematical calculations and students have to learn all the relevant formulas

Leading to a career in:

– Finance, Insurance or Banking
– Marketing and Advertising
– Human Resources
– Social Media
– Administration
– Sales
– Entrepreneurship