KS3

During Key Stage 3, Y7 and Y8 pupils receive Computer Science lessons that follow a pathway programme of study that links directly with the skills and knowledge required for studying GCSE Computer Science. This technological pathway has six key strands:

1. eSafety, Laws and Ethics When Using Technology

2. Computer Hardware and Software

3. Representing, Storing and Using Data

4. Effective Use of Software Tools

5. Problem Solving and Project Skills

6. Programming

Pupil learning is progressive within each strand e.g. the programming strand begins with animation of sprites using programming scripts in Scratch, use of BBC micro:bits, leading to use of complex LOGO commands in Y8, followed by an introduction to Python – a high level programming language widely used in education and the gaming industry.

In Y7, Computer Science is on a rotational basis with other subjects – pupils therefore are taught for 3 lessons a fortnight across a full term. In Y8, Computer Science is taught for one hour a week for the full year.

The department has a suite of five fully equipped classrooms, each of which has 29 PC stations, a printer and interactive whiteboards. In addition, a further three smaller rooms are available with 16 PC stations in each.

Steps of Progress

Please click here to see steps of progress for KS3 Computing

KS4

From September 2016, Y9 pupils begin study for their chosen level 2 exam option subjects.

The philosophy of the Business Studies teaching in Key Stage 4 is to enable students to understand the dynamic environment in which business operates and to appreciate the many and varied factors which impact upon business activity and business behaviour.  Pupils at KS4 work towards gaining an understanding of the issues facing UK businesses in the 21st century and follow the EDEXCEL GCSE Business Studies Course (2BS01).  Assessment is through two written examinations which represent 75% of the final GCSE grade and through one piece of coursework worth 25% of the final grade. Note: Y9 pupils will be on the reformed (9-1) course which will be all exam-based.

We also offer OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (J276) which includes a programming project (20%) and two exams (40% each) taken in Year 11. Additionally there is a vocational OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT course which has four units to complete of which one unit, R001, is exam-based.

Course Links:

GCSE Business Studies http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/business-2009.html

GCSE (9-1) Computer Science - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT -http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-ict-level-1-2-j800-j810-j820/j820/

KS5

Again, there are choices for students wishing to study Business or Computer Science in the Sixth Form. A Level options follow the newly revised courses introduced in 2015. Students choose either the AS or A Level in Business Studies (9BS0) with Edexcel. Similarly, AS and A Levels are offered in Computer Science (H046/H446) with OCR.

Course Links:

GCE Business Studies (9BS0) - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/business-2015.html

GCE Computer Science (H046/H446) -http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-computer-science-h046-h446-from-2015/

Alternatively, there are vocational Cambridge Technical (CTEC) courses at Level 3 in Business which can be taken as a Double or Single Award or a Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT offered with OCR (5838-5842). These courses follow a revised approach from 2016 with mostly examined units in Y12 and mainly coursework-based units in Y13.

Course Links:

CTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Business - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-technicals-business-level-3-certificate-extended-certificate-foundation-diploma-diploma-05834-05837-2016-suite/

CTEC Level 3 Introductory Diploma in IT  - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals-it-level-3-certificate-extended-certificate-introductory-diploma-foundation-diploma-diploma-05838-05842-2016-suite/

Enrichment

Pupils and students are invited to attend after-school clubs run by the department. A weekly Computer Programming Club gives the opportunity to practise programming skills, while our Robotics and Animation Clubs provide further technological opportunities and challenges – which extend to participation in competitions run by national organisations such as the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Pupils in Year 9 receive a half-day’s training on eSafety during Enrichment Week.  This is designed to supplement the ongoing eSafety training received throughout KS3 in Computer Science lessons and in PSHCE sessions.