Business and Computing

KS3 Computing

What will I study?

Computing at KS3 equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate and able to express themselves and develop their ideas through their use of information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Students within KS3 will complete the following units:

 Year 7:

  1. E-safety telling through the creation of a comic strip
  2. Microbit programming using blocks
  3. Understanding computers
  4. Database computing theory
  5. Project using sound and video

Year 8:

  1. Website design
  2. Microbit programming using blocks
  3. Microbit text based programming
  4. Digital graphics
  5. Hardware and software

How will I be assessed?

The students will have a mid-term assessment for each project where they will then have time to work on any improvements required. At the end of each project, they will have an exam which will be formally assessed. The students will also have a summer exam that is formally assessed.

How can I stretch my learning?

  • Using and practising a wide range of industry standard software (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Serif Movie Plus).
  • Attend lunchtime clubs to gain knowledge of using Raspberry Pi’s and Python programming

Useful links

Using the microbithttps://www.microbit.co.uk/




Key Stage 4 Business

Business Studies – Cambridge Nationals Business Studies (BTEC)

What will I study?

The Cambridge Nationals in Business and Enterprise will offer opportunities to develop business skills demanded by employers in the UK today. It will enhance the learner’s readiness for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

 R061 – Introduction to Business

  • Understand business ownership
  • Understand business objectives
  • Understand key functional areas of business
  • Understand how external factors impact on business

R062 – Planning for work

  • Assessing the requirements of job roles
  • Taking part in the recruitment process as an applicant
  • Planning for a career

 R063 – Setting up and running an enterprise

Students will plan, run and evaluate their own business within school.

How will I be assessed?

R061 – Introduction to Business

Written paper that is OCR set and marked. The exam will last for 1 hour and is worth 60 UMS (25%).

R062 – Planning for work

Centre assessed coursework task that is set by the exam board. This task is worth 60 UMS (25%).

R063 – Setting up and running an enterprise

Centre assessed coursework task that is set by the exam board. This task is worth 120 UMS (50%).

How can I stretch my learning?

Acquiring a range of business skills is really important in order to be successful.   Researching the most important business skills and evaluating yourself will provide you with the steps to become successful.

Useful links

Exam boardhttp://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-business-level-1-2-award-business-and-enterprise-level-1-2-certificate-j804-j814/

Revision http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/GcseBusiness/Activities/activitymenu.htm

Key Stage 4 Computing and ICT

Computing – ECDL

What will I study?

The Level 2 ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) Certificate in IT Application Skills is the “industry-standard” ICT qualification from the British Computer Society, equipping students with the digital literacy skills they will need as they progress further in education and employment. It teaches students how to use a computer confidently and effectively, building a more productive, efficient learner and encouraging problem solving, creativity and communication.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed entirely online. Students need to complete four online exams for each of the following units:

  1. Presentation Software – create presentations that are fit for purpose, using Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. Spreadsheet Software – manipulate and work with spreadsheets, using Microsoft Excel
  3. Word Processing – utilise Microsoft Word fully to complete word processes administrative tasks
  4. Improving Productivity using IT – learn how to tackle problems and find solutions through the use of software

How can I stretch my learning?

Use and practise the skills within each of the software packages to help you create different documents.  The more you practise the better you will be!

Useful links


Computing – GCSE Computing

What will I study?

GCSE Computing allows students to develop an understanding of how current and emerging technologies work. It allows students to develop their skills in programming and gain a better understanding of current issues in the world of computing.

How will I be assessed?

At present students will be formally assessed on the following units:

  • A451 – Computer Systems: externally assessed (40%)
  • A452 – Practical Investigation: controlled assessment (30%)
  • A453 – Programming project: controlled assessment (30%)

Students who will be assessed from 2018 onwards will be assessed on the following units:

  • 01 – Computer Systems: externally assessed (40%)
  • 02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming: externally assessed (40%)
  • 03 – Programming Project: controlled assessment (30%)

How can I stretch my learning?

Practise, practise, practise! The students that do well in Computing are the ones that keep practising the programming skills they have learnt within lesson and have the determination to keep experimenting.

Useful links




Computing – GCSE ICT

What will I study?

Students will explore what it is to be a responsible digital citizen, and through independent coursework, and will build skills and experience of a wide range of professional software packages.  The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and application of developed skills to meet specified scenarios.  For many students, GCSE ICT will enable the refinement of creative abilities and support the development of independent thinking, as well as prepare them for the many ways in which they will use technology in their future beyond education.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World

This is a theory unit which is assessed through external examination and is worth 40% of the final grade.  The exam is sat at the end of the course, in Year 11.

Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools

This is completed as a controlled assessment, within lesson time.  It requires the use of a wide range of software and problem solving skills to create a series of digital products.  Skills in software can be developed outside of lesson time, but the actual assessed work must be completed within a controlled environment.  This unit is worth 60% of the final grade.

How can I stretch my learning?

Using and practising a wide range of industry standard software, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Serif Movie Plus is the best way to quickly improve your skills and understanding of software application.

Useful links



Computing – BTEC iMedia

What will I study?

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. You will complete the following units:

  • Unit R081: Pre Production Skills

This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop your understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

  • Unit R082: Creating Digital Graphics

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. You will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.

  • Unit R084: Storytelling with a comic strip

Comic strips are as popular today as they have ever been in their history. They have evolved from their origins in the early part of the 20th century from simple story strips to become whole genres of interest which span the world. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of comic strip creation. It will enable you to interpret a client brief, use planning and preparation techniques and to create your own comic strip using digital techniques.

  • Unit R085: Creating a multipage website

Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively in the creative digital media sector, whether for mobile phones or computers in all their forms. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website.

How will I be assessed?

Unit R081 Pre Production Skills:                Externally assessed via exams (25% of final qualification)

Unit R082, R084 and R085:                            Centre assessed tasks (25% of final qualification each)

How can I stretch my learning?

This course is for people who like to use ICT in a creative manner.  To stretch your learning you can investigate the different purpose, uses and audience for digital media across the UK. This could include the development of apps on phones and tablets, social media and its impact on the world, or the development of comic book narratives in popular culture.

You can enhance your creative skills when using software such as Photoshop, Fireworks and Dreamweaver by viewing tutorials videos on YouTube, these will develop your knowledge and understanding of the tools used to create digital products.

Useful links

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia page – http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

Photoshop tutorial videos – https://www.youtube.com/user/NewWorldOps

Tips for web design – http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/tips-812580

Key contact name, role & email

Ms C Walsh

Curriculum Leader – Business & Technologies


01282 682300