Computing and Business Faculty

“Where every pupil will have the opportunity to obtain an excellent education”

We promote synergy, support and cooperation and empower each other to become outstanding leaders. We maintain a passion in the classroom, where pupils are inspired and are making substantial progress.

Our Courses:

Key Stage 3 Computing

Computing is taught throughout KS3, every class having 3 periods per fortnight.

At KS3 students may work individually, in pairs or in small groups. All students have a unique user ID and their own area on the network. All students have access to a filtered broadband internet service, providing they have parental consent to do this.

The school has various software packages, many of which are subject oriented. The Microsoft Office and Adobe family suites are used extensively at KS3.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways and the emphasis is on the student taking responsibility for their own learning.

Students will study:

  • Safe use of the internet and email
  • Programming
  • Digital Literacy
  • Networking
  • Computer Hardware
  • Encryption
  • Data Representation
  • Hardware and Software.
  • Digital skills in Movie, Animation, Audio and Web design
  • Digital skills using Photoshop
  • Impact of ICT within Society

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science (Edexcel)

The course develops students’ ability to apply ‘computational thinking.’ The new Edexcel GCSE Computer Science specification enables students to apply computational thinking in context, across both examined and non-examined assessments (NEA).

The course will build students’ ability to think computationally, within the context of a single scenario, and prepare students for real-world computer challenges.

“Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone by the middle of the 21st Century. Just like reading, writing and arithmetic.”

Wing (2011) Computational Thinking

Title Overview Summary of Assessment
Component 1


1hr 40mins

Principles of Computer Science All Topics Examination made up of multiple choice, short and extended open response questions.
Component 2



Application of Computational Thinking Main focus on Topics 1 and 2, but may draw on all other topics Examination, based on a scenario. Short and extended open response questions.
Component 3



Computer Science Project A designed, tested and refined program, and a written report Non-examined supervised assessment. A levels-based mark scheme, over four stages of development.

GCSE Media Studies (AQA)

Students will study a range of media texts including adverts, film posters and magazines. They will explore and analyse how media texts are constructed and how they appeal to their respective target audiences. Students will have to research and plan their own media products and they will also learn how to use Photoshop in order to create their product. Students will be given the chance to explore media as part of the world around them and set their learning in context.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1 External Assessment 40%:

The topic for the exam changes every year. Students will be taught the content of the topic. They will be given a pre released brief from the exam board four weeks prior to the exam. Students will have to prepare this independently.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment 60%:

Assignment One: Introductory assignment on how texts are constructed.
Assignment Two: Cross Media Promotion.
Assignment Three: Practical production and evaluation.

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Level 2 (OCR)

This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

The hand on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media and ICT fields.

Units Assessment Method Guided Learning Hours
R081: Pre-Production skills Written paper – 1 hour and 15 mins 30
R082: Creating digital graphics Centre assessed task, OCR moderated 30
A further two units will selected from range of 8 which include:

·        Digital graphic editing

·        Computer animation

·        Sound editing

·        Games planning

·        Game design

·        Web design

·        Pre-production techniques


GCSE Business (9-1) (Edexcel)

This course concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

The course also examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

Units Content overview Assessment overview
Theme 1

Investigating a small business

-Enterprise and entrepreneurship

-Spotting a business opportunity

-Putting a business idea into practice

-Making the business effective

-Understanding external influences on business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

90 marks

Theme 2

Building a business

-Growing the business

-Making marketing decisions

-Making product decisions

-Making financial decisions

-Making human resource decisions

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

90 marks

Level 2 Cambridge Nationals in Business and Marketing (OCR)

This qualification is for learners who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in enterprise and marketing. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further study of qualifications in enterprise, marketing or business. For example, learners may progress onto OCR’s Level 3 Certificate in Preparing for a Business Venture, OCR’s Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Business, Introductory Certificates in Marketing or A Levels in related subjects.

All learners will study three mandatory topics as follows:

  • Enterprise and marketing concepts
  • Design a business proposal
  • Market and pitch a business proposal
Units Assessment method
Unit R064: Enterprise and marketing concepts 1 hour 30 minute written examination

This question paper has two parts:

• Part A – comprising of 16 multiple choice questions

• Part B – comprising of short answer questions and three extended response questions.

Unit R065: Design a business proposal A centre-assessed task which will be practical tasks in the context of an OCR-set assignment.
Unit R066: Market and pitch a business proposal A centre-assessed task which will be practical tasks in the context of an OCR-set assignment.

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