Computer Science and Business

Computer Science and Business

The Computing and Business department teaches the following subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • Business

Computer Science

Computer Science is delivered in Key Stage 3 and chosen as an option in Key Stage 4. Students learn about the Principles of Computer Science and the Application of Computational thinking. Students gain a lot of experience through practical work which include computer programming, using physical computing devices e.g. BBC Microbit, Raspberry Pi and disassembling PCs. Students learn to program in Python, Scratch, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and also Visual Basic.Net.

GCSE Examination Board:

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science

Suggested support at home

Texts:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Computer Science 978 1 292 12588 6

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Computer Science Revision Guide 978 1 292 13120 7

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Computer Science Revision Workbook 978 1 292 13119 1

Websites:

https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/library.asp

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

https://trinket.io/

Content and Skills

This course consists of three components, two of which are assessed by external examination papers. The third component is the Non-Examined Assessment.

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science (Paper code: 1CP1/01)

This component includes the following topics

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; the ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understand the requirements for writing program code.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking (Paper code: 1CP1/02)

This component includes the following topics

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures,
  • Input /output, operators and subprograms.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

Component 3: Project (Paper code: 1CP1/3A-3E)

Students will develop a computer program. The content for this component will draw on:

  • algorithms, decomposition and abstraction
  • design, write, test and refine a program

Website link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/computer-science-2016.html

Marking

Exercise books are regularly marked to monitor progress. Teachers mark in red ink, correcting spelling, punctuation and grammatical features. Students are expected to address areas for development by responding to the teacher’s advice in writing. This may be with a commitment or a task to correct errors.

Assessment opportunities

Students will undertake an end of topic assessment following a period of study on a specific topic. These may be graded and students are also given comments on what to improve on written by the teacher.

Computing, Business and ICT

Year 7

The curriculum for Year 7

Curriculum:

Autumn Term Theme – Space

Topic: Creating a Pop-up Shop

Students will learn about the various costs involved in starting a new business including start up, operating, variable and fixed costs. Students will also learn about revenue and expenditure and how to use the break-even analysis to increase sales. Students will also learn how to develop a brand for their start-up business which will be a pop-shop around school. Students will use tools on the computer to create promotional materials for their pop-up shops. Student will set-up spreadsheet models to track their sales of their products and be able to model how they could increase their profit margins.

Spring Term Theme: Identity

Students will learn how to draw different design patterns using textual programming languages (Scratch and Python Turtle) in designing their shapes. They will learn to navigate the program’s interface and the commands used to draw patterns.  They will also be introduced to writing programming code using graphical programing. The designs will mimic aspects of the real world – students thinking computationally – decomposition and abstraction.

Summer Term Themes: Change & Community

Topic: Model Car Project

Students will learn about the components that are needed to build a working model car. Students will learn about the relationships between different components and how changes in one component can affect how other components in the system work. Students will learn about electrical circuits, forces and energy. They will design and make a model car and then control it with a microcontroller (BBC Microbit). Students will write code that will control the movement of the model car so that it can change direction (forward, backward, turn left, turn right) and also start moving and stopping. They will also learn about using Selection statements e.g. IF and Else and also loop statements such FOR and WHILE.

Topic: Community

Students will use a range of applications to create information about themselves and what makes them unique. They will design a web page using HTML and also create graphic images using Photoshop and other graphics software. Students will create simple frame animations on chosen topics that show how they can help to care for our community.

Year 8

Autumn Term

Computing in History – Pioneers and Generations, Machine Instructions and Assembly language programming, How the CPU works, BBC Microbit components and programming, Scratch – Dance Animation – programming techniques – sequence, iteration, selection, procedures

Spring Term

What is an Operating System? How the OS manages computers resources, handheld devices, Mobiles and OSes, HTML and CSS, User interfaces, Key CLI commands in Windows and Linux. Data bits, nibbles and bytes, binary to denary up to 8 bit, binary addition. Computer graphics and animation. Representing images and compression.

Summer Term

Python level 2 – review variables, data types, sequence and For loops, While loops, programming with selection and Boolean expression, using procedures to decompose programming tasks in Python. Sorting Algorithm – bubble sort and selection sort. Sound and video editing. Encryption.

KS4

(Overview of the course)

The table below shows how each component on the course would be assessed and the marks for each component.

Component% weightingMarksTimings
Component 1: Principles of Computer Science40801 hour 40 mins
Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking40802 hours
Component 3: NEA Programming Project206020 hours

Year 9

Autumn Term

Topic 1: Problem solving and decomposition. Topic 2: Develop code, Constructs, Data types and Structures

Spring Term

Topic 2: Input / Output, Operators, Sub programs, hardware, Topic 1: Problem solving and decomposition review

Summer Term

Topic 4: Logic, Software, Programming languages, Topic 1: Problem solving and decomposition review

Y10

Autumn Term

Topic 5: Networks and Network security, Internet and the World wide web, Topic 3: Data – Binary, Data representation, Compression and Encryption

Spring Term

Topic 4: Logic, Software, Programming languages, Topic 1: Problem solving and decomposition review

Summer Term

Topic 2 review: Input / Output, Operators, Sub programs, hardware, Topic 1: Problem solving and decomposition review,

Y11

Autumn Term

Topic 6: Emerging Trends, Issues and impact, Topic 1: Problem solving and decomposition review, NEA Programming project practice.

Spring Term

Topic 3: Data: Binary, Databases, Topic 2 Programming – constructs, subprograms, Revision, NEA Programming project.

Summer Term

Revision and exam preparation

Business

Business students study the BTEC Award in Business course is delivered Year 9 – Year 11. The course consists of three internally assessed units and one online exam unit. Students will investigate Business enterprises, learn about Finance and Marketing and be able to put a business idea into practice.

GCSE Examination Board:

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 BTEC Award in Business

Suggested support at home

Texts:

BTEC First Award: Business – ISBN 978-1-4479-3556-8

Revise BTEC Business – Revision Guide – ISBN 978-1-4469-0668-2

Revise BTEC Business – Revision Workbook – ISBN 978-1-4469-0669-9

Content and Skills

This course consists of four units of which one will be assessed by on online exam.

Unit 1: Enterprise for Business

This unit includes

  • Learning Aim A – know how trends and the current business environment may impact on a business
  • Learning Aim B – plan an idea for a new business
  • Learning Aim C – present a business model for a business start-up

Unit 2: Finance for Business

This unit includes

  • Learning Aim A – understand the costs involved in business and how businesses make a profit
  • Learning Aim B – understand how businesses plan for success
  • Learning Aim C – understand how businesses measure success and identify areas for improvement

Unit 3: Promoting a brand

This unit includes

  • Learning Aim A – explore the use of branding and promotional mix in business
  • Learning Aim B – develop and promote a brand for a business

Unit 6: Introducing Retail

This unit includes

  • Learning Aim A – explore the structure and organization of retail business
  • Learning Aim B – investigate the relationship between retail business and the external environment

Website link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/business-2017.html

Marking

Exercise books are regularly marked to monitor progress. Teachers mark in red ink, correcting spelling, punctuation and grammatical features. Students are expected to address areas for development by responding to the teacher’s advice in writing. This may be with a commitment or a task to correct errors.

Assessment opportunities

Students will undertake an end of topic assessment following a period of study on a specific topic. These may be graded and students are also given comments on what to improve on written by the teacher.

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • What is a brand? How businesses promote themselves, The Marketing mix (4Ps), Elements of the promotional mix

Spring Term

  • The use of promotional activities in business, Types of market, market segmentation, The AIDA model

Summer Term

  • Branding methods and techniques, Planning ideas for a brand for a business, promote a brand image, planning a promotional campaign

 

Y10

Autumn Term

  • Sources of information and reliability of sources, Factors to consider in the current business environment – National and local factors, the impact of factors to start-up businesses, trends affecting business – social, technology, environmental and ethical trends.

Spring Term

  • Size and type of business, startup and existing businesses, How business ideas can be successful, market research, selecting a product, target customers, Assessing the suitability of a business idea, producing a business plan.

Summer Term

  • Choice of business format, sources of help and support in developing a new business, business model

Y11

Autumn Term

  • understand the costs involved in business and how businesses make a profit, understand how businesses plan for success, understand how businesses measure success and identify areas for improvement

Spring Term

  • explore the structure and organization of retail business

Summer Term

  • investigate the relationship between retail business and the external environment