inset_general9Department Overview

The Computing and Business department is leading edge within Alderbrook School. Our Faculty consists of a team of 5 keen, innovative and creative teachers of Computer Science, ICT and Business and Economics who aim to instil both our interest in and enjoyment of the subjects we offer as well as increase their awareness and understanding of the topics and issues covered. We are committed to promoting the knowledge and skills that students require to both further their education and beyond. We believe that what we offer is essential for young people in an increasingly small and globalised world.

The department is fortunate enough to teach out of 5 modern, state of the art computer rooms with has all the latest hardware and software.


Key Stage 3

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Buildings on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Students will cover the following topic this year. Students have two assessment point during each unit of work; one which assesses the product that they have made and another which assesses the theory knowledge they have gained. All classes at KS3 are mixed ability.

Year 7

  • HTML- Web Design
  • Programming- Python
  • Computer Hardware
  • Business and Computing project- Game design
  • Encryption


Year 8

  • Business project- Design your own computer
  • Advanced Web creations
  • Pseudo prgraming
  • Networking
  • Programming in Python


Key Stage 4

Edexcel Applied Business GCSE:

Controlled Assessment 60%

Written examination 40%

This course gives each student a over view of what it is like to set run and work with in a small business.

Within the course we cover all aspects of business including finance, self employment, starting a business, Entrepreneurship, ownership, organizational structure, people in business and much more.

There are two units of work;

  • Investigating small business
  • Finance

The ‘Investigating Small Businesses’ unit of work which is controlled assessment based is sat over year 9 and 10. The ‘Finance’ Unit of wrok is examination based and taught over year 11.

The course is designed to encourage students to consider the practical application of business concepts. Courses are set out to encourage candidates to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Learners use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish between fact and opinion, build arguments and make informed judgments.

We believe that students who opt for this course need real life experiences of Business. Over the three years in which the course runs students are taken to Jaguar LandRover, Birmingham city Football club as well as some local businesses. We have a number of guest speakers who come in to talk about a variety of subjects from how to write a business plan to how to present a new idea.

Students are taught in mixed ability classes through the three years.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The department offers its students the possibility of Competing in the Young enterprise Award scheme. Students are tasked with going away and building a business from scratch and selling their products or services at various markets.

The department also runs a Computing club for those students who want to extend their knowledge of Computer Science beyond the curriculum. During this time students are able to work with advanced programming techniques and use pieces of technology sch as the Rasberry PI.



Career Options

Learners may go onto study Applied Business, Business Studies, Economics or Accounting at A Level; a BTEC National or a range of NVQs including Business Admin

Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Mr Whitehead, Head of Computing and Business