ICT & Business

Subject: Computing

 Curriculum Leader:  Mrs. J Thompson

Year 7

A summary of the course, its content and key purposes:

A new programme of study has been introduced this year as Computing has replaced ICT in the national curriculum. The three main strands that will be covered are: Computer science, Information technology and Digital literacy.

The key purposes of Computing as a whole are to allow pupils to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of Information and communication technology. 

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

  • Unit 1- E-safety and creation of a movie
  • Unit 2-How computers work
  • Unit 3- Scratch programming
  • Unit 4 – Data Analysis
  • Unit 5- Microbits

How pupils are to be assessed:

Primarily pupils will be assessed using the new Computer Science progression statements. End of unit tests will be used. There will also be opportunities for self and peer assessment.

 Year 8

A summary of the course, its content and key purposes:

A new programme of study has been introduced this year as Computing has replaced ICT in the national curriculum. The three main strands that will be covered are: Computer science, Information technology and Digital literacy.

The key purposes of Computing as a whole are to allow pupils to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of Information and communication technology. 

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

  • Unit 1- E-safety and website using Dreamweaver
  • Unit 2- Cryptography and Computer Logic
  • Unit 3- How the web works
  • Unit 4 – Introduction to programming in Python
  • Unit 5- Data structures & representation

How pupils are to be assessed:

Primarily pupils will be assessed using the new Computer Science progression statements. There will also be opportunities for self and peer assessment.

Year 9, 10 & 11 KS4

Computer Science- OCR exam board

ICT Pic 1

 

A summary of the course, its content and key purposes:

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) specification in Computer Science encourages learners to be inspired, and challenged through completing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The specification will help learners to gain an insight into related sectors. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.  

Computer Science– OCR- units & assessments

 KS4 ICT – yr. 11

Cambridge Nationals ICT (OCR exam board) – The course is targeted at 14-16 year olds in a school environment. ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education, and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities. They’re available as an Award, Certificate and Diploma, with the Certificate being the same size as a GCSE. They use both internal and external assessment.

There are 4 units in total, each with a 25% weighting.

Unit 1- R001Understanding computer systems (External exam, 25% of final mark)

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

Unit 2-R002Using ICT to create business solutions (Controlled assessment, 25% of final mark). This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that would equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. This unit complements unit R001. In unit R001 learners will study the computer system on which applications software sits and consider the implications of working with data to create content, while in this unit they will work with ‘office’ applications software to edit and format/create content to meet specified business purposes.

Unit 3- R005Creating an interactive product using multimedia components (Controlled assessment, 25% of final mark)

This unit builds on Units R001 and R002 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in those units and vice versa.

This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product. Interactive products are used widely in everyday life; from visiting a website, ordering online products, using mobile phone applications, viewing a presentation, e-learning products or playing computer games. On completion of this unit learners will be able to show how the interactive product meets both the user needs and extends their capability within the use of applications software such as website development.

Unit 4-R004- Handling data using databases (Controlled assessment, 25% of final mark)

This unit builds on Units R001 and R002 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in those units and vice versa. This unit will enable learners to gain the necessary additional skills and knowledge to be able to modify an existing database by adding fields and then to further enhance a database by creating new table structures to produce a relational database structure. They will also learn how to test and interrogate a database. They will understand that a database has to be developed to meet the needs of an individual user or organization.

KS5

A summary of the course, its content and key purposes:

What will I study? Exam board –AQA

AS (Year 12) At AS, the two units are complementary and are concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and effects of using ICT in the world today. Students will have the opportunity to put into practice a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions to solve problems.

A2 (Year 13) At A2, students will study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They will also have the opportunities for acquiring sills needed in the IT profession such as cooperative working and project management. These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. Students can also use these newly acquired skills as a springboard into other qualifications and working environments.

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

Unit 1Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

Topics included

  • Practical use of ICT, identifying, designing, producing, testing, documenting and evaluating solutions.
  • Data entry, storage, output of information, use of software, current health and safety legislation.
  • Sample work will be created during some lessons to take into the examination with you.

Assessment

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 50% of total AS marks

Unit 2Living in the Digital World

Topics included

  • ICT systems, their components, uses, users, safety and security
  • Data and information, data transfer, backup and recovery.

Assessment

Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 50% of total AS marks

Unit 3The use of ICT in the digital world

This unit looks at the fast changing subject of ICT, including developments in technology and ICT system capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of ICT.

Topics included

-Future developments in ICT, Information systems, ICT strategy and policies, Legislation and Systems development.

Assessment

Written paper: 2 hours

30% of A Level

Unit 4 – Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

This unit provides students with the opportunity to complete a substantial real project involving the production of an ICT-related system. In doing so, students will enhance their transferable practical skills. Currently, the project is based around the design and creation of a functional website using HTML and Php.

Assessment

100% Coursework

20% of A level.

How pupils are to be assessed:

See individual unit details above.

 

 

Curriculum Leader: Helen Lyons

Year 9 (2016 onwards) GCSE Business Studies

Overview – Exam Board AQA

 This course will encourage students to apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students will also develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

Students will learn to apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

  • The interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making.
  • How different business contexts affect business decisions.
  • The use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity.

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources

This unit is assessed by a written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes providing 50% of the final marks.

Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity.

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Marketing
  • Finance

This unit is assessed by a written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes providing 50% of the final marks.

Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Year 10 & 11 (2014 & 2105) GCSE Business Communication Systems

Overview – Exam Board AQA

This is a two year course appealing to students who enjoy combining theoretical understanding and practical application of business using ICT. It gives students an awareness and insight into the workings of a business and expectations on employees, in preparation for their future employment experience.

The course covers all elements required to show a breadth of skills from business theory and understanding to practical and project management skills required by employers.

Unit 8 – ICT Systems in Business

This unit introduces pupils to the importance of business, ICT and communication systems which contribute to the success of a business. This unit covers the subject content relating to The Business Environment; Business Administration; Workplace Organisation; Health & Safety at Work; ICT Data Systems Security of Data.

This unit is assessed by a one hour written examination providing 40% of the final marks.

Unit 9 – Using ICT in Business

This unit introduces pupils to a range of software applications used to support each function of a business. Study will include the following topics; Word Processing; Spreadsheets; Databases; Graphics; Presentation; Web Authoring: Desk Top Publishing.

This unit is assessed as a one and a half hour practical examination paper using the computer providing 35% of the final marks.

Unit 10 – Investigating ICT in Business

This unit is a controlled assessment and assesses the subject content in Unit 9 Using ICT in Business. An exam board real life business scenario is provided allowing pupils direct application to the world of business. This will require pupils to undertake an investigation into the use of ICT in business and a practical exercise to produce and annotate the business documentation produced.

This unit is assessed as a controlled assessment providing 25% of the final mark.