Computing, Business and ICT

Head of Department – Mr J Bell


The department delivers Business and ICT skills to pupils utilising real life scenarios. Pupils participate in project work, controlled assessments and examination theory. We aim to deliver their learning and thinking skills as well as developing a good examination technique. The emphasis is firmly placed on enjoyment and delivery of exciting modules so that pupils have the skills required to enter the world of work, or further develop into a career in the Business/ICT industry.


Teaching Staff – Mrs V Avery, Mr D Jones


The school has three dedicated ICT suites which are used for ICT and Computing lessons. During these lessons each pupil has access to their own computer. The school also has computers in other classrooms which are regularly used in other subjects.

Key Stage 3:

All Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow the new Computing National Curriculum. Key Stage 3 lessons are designed to provide a natural progression into the GCSE courses taken in key stage 4. At key stage 3 students follow a new Computing framework. The department uses some freely available software to teach the new framework through a series of fun, student-friendly scenario-based modules. These modules help the students develop the skills they need to be confident computer scientists.

Assessment consists of six progression pathway statements and learning outcomes, based on the Blooms taxonomy i.e. know, understand, apply, analyse, evaluate and create. These statements are divided up into three strands of the computing curriculum: computer science, information technology, and digital literacy. All assessments take place at the end of each topic.

The key stage 3 Computing topics are illustrated in the table below:


Key Stage 3 Computing Curriculum 2017-2018
Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7
  • Under the hood of a computer
  • Think like a computer scientist
  • Drawing and manipulating shapes
  • Creating an animation
  • The foundations of computing
  • How the web works
  • Web page creation
  • Designing for HCI: a hand held device
  • Designing for HCI: an operating system interface
  • Representing Images.
  • Programming a calculator
  • Programming a quiz
Year 8
  • Operating systems
  • The command line
  • Binary
  • Instruction set design
  • Boolean expressions
  • How the Internet works
  • Sorted
  • How to make a computer look smart
  • Recursion
Year 9
  • Characters, cyphers and encryption
  • Sound


  • Database tables
  • Data structures
  • How networks work
  • The von Neumann architecture and the fetch-execute cycle
  • Project App

Key Stage 4 ICT:

Cambridge Nationals in Creative IMedia

Cambridge Nationals in Creative IMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart.

They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

There are two compulsory units consisting of the following:

R081: Pre-production skills       written paper 1hour 15 minutes.

RO82: Digital Graphics              centre assessed, OCR moderated.

There is then a choice of a further two units from the following list which are centre assessed, OCR moderated.

R083: Creating 2D and 3D digital characters

R084: Storytelling with a comic strip

R085: Creating a multipage website

R086: Creating a digital animation

R087: Creating interactive multimedia products

R088: Creating a digital sound sequence

R089: Creating a digital video sequence

R090: Digital photography

R091: Designing a game concept

R092: Developing digital games

Business StudiesBusiness-Studies-A-Level-Four-Marketing-Ps

Teaching Staff – Mrs V Avery

Business Studies is a GCSE option subject. Pupils complete the OCR GCSE Business Studies qualification. The course is split into three sections:

Unit 1 Marketing and Enterprise – In this unit pupils identify the key characteristics of an Entrepreneur and consider the need for business planning. They look at different types of market research and how a successful business manages the Marketing Mix. This unit is worth 25% of the marks and is assessed by controlled assessment.

Unit 2 Business and People – In this unit pupils consider the need for business activity and its different types of structure and ownership. They go on to study employment and communication. This unit is worth 25% of the final mark and is assessed by external exam.

Unit 3 Production, Finance and the External Business Environment – This unit looks at different production methods, how a business is financed and the external influences on business such as business ethics and globalisation. This unit is worth 50% of the final mark and is assessed by external exam.

Computer Science

Head of Department – Mr J Bell

Key Stage 4 Computing:

At key stage 4 the OCR (J276 9-1) Computing course is followed.
The OCR Computing course gives students a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. At the heart of this specification is computational thinking, which is a mind set for solving problems. The course also develops their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work, as well as looking at the use of algorithms in computer programs. Acquiring and applying creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts and developing computer programs to solve problems are also studied.
The course consists of 3 units: