Computer Science, IT and Business


Computer Science

The aim of Computer Science is to develop students to become problem solvers and computational thinkers whilst also being aware of the constantly evolving technological landscape. Digital Media is now part of the everyday and constantly evolving. There are three strands to the curriculum for Computer Science: Digital Literacy, ICT and Computer Science. The essence of each is taught throughout the curriculum. Digital Literacy is a focus on functional skills that enable the safe navigation through the world and can be applied across all subjects such as the use of email and standard applications such as the office suite of software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel,) and internet applications e.g. Google Chrome, Google classroom, Google apps. ICT is a focus on the application of software to support human activities considering the design, usability and trustworthiness to work with/develop digital artefacts. Computer Science is a more academic pursuit into the principles of computational thinking (Abstraction, Decomposition, Pattern Recognition and Algorithmic Thinking) and developing new systems through the use of programming techniques.

By the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9) students should:

Know: How to design, use and evaluate computational problems that model and state the behaviour in real world problems.
Know: Basic Boolean logic and how binary works in terms of numbers and movement between denary and binary.
Know: The components that make up computer systems

Be prepared: To use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

Be able to: Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Be able to: create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability.
Be able to: Use 2 or programming languages - 1 textual, to solve a variety of computational problems.

web15px Computer Science Year 7-9 Curriculum Plan


By the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) students who take Computer Science as a specialism should:

Be able to: understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
Be able to: analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
Be able to: think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
Be able to: understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society

Know: understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems

Be prepared to:  apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

The course that we deliver is OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science J277

web15px OCR Computer Science Specification


By the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) students who take Creative iMedia as a specialism should

Know:  about the sectors, products and job roles that form the media industry.

Know:  the legal and ethical issues considered and the processes used to plan and create digital media products.

Be able to: show how media codes are used within the creation of media products to convey meaning, create impact and engage audiences.

Be prepared to:  choose the most appropriate format and properties for different media products.

Know:  how to develop visual identities for clients.

Be able to: apply the concepts of graphic design to create original digital graphics which incorporate their visual identity to engage a target audience.

Be able to: design and create interactive digital media products for chosen platforms.

Be prepared:  to select, edit and repurpose multimedia content of different kinds and create the structure and interactive elements necessary for an effective user experience.

The course that we deliver is OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Level 1, 2 J834

web15px OCR Cam Nationals Creative iMedia Specification


Business Studies

The aim of the Business Studies part of the department is to provide opportunities through a rigorous curriculum to develop commercial minded and enterprising individuals. Business Studies should enable pupils to know about entrepreneurs, understand what makes a successful entrepreneur, develop an awareness of their enterprise capabilities so that they are able to consider owning their own business as an alternative career path. They should also be equipped with the employability skills needed for the changing world of work and entrepreneurship. They will develop knowledge and understanding of business and economic concepts and terms, develop knowledge and understanding of their role in business and as a wider part of society and the economy. Finally develop an interest in current business and economic affairs by reading widely around the subject in newspapers and magazines, as well as watching business related television programs.

By the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) students who take Business Studies as a specialism should:

Know: understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society.
Know:  apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts.

Be prepared: To develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems.

Be able to: develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds ● use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements.
Be able to: investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business.
Be able to: develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data.

The course that we deliver is Edexcel GCSE Business (2017) (1BSO)

web15px Edexcel Business Specification