Department 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.

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Key Stage 3

Here, please write about your specific overview of topics in Year 7 and Year 8, (separately), including key assessments.
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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 programming
  • Networking
  • Programming in Python

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE COMPUTING:

Controlled Assessment 60%
Written examination 40%

This carefully planned course gives students a real, indepth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

Students studying this course will:

  • Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work
  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs
  • Become independent and discerning users of IT
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/ solutions and the impact of computer technology in society.

THE UNITS

Computer systems and programming. This is assessed by a written paper, which has a mixture of short- and long answer questions, some of which require students to write program code.
Practical investigation. This will be on a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR (controlled assessment).
Programming project. Students create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR (controlled assessment).

THE CLASSES

Throughout year9 and 10 the key assessment points are in the form of the students controlled assessment work that they produce. These are usually once every half term. All the classes that we have are mixed ability

 

Key Stage 4

Edexcel ICT GCSE:

Controlled Assessment 60%
Written examination 40%

This is a course designed for those people who want to become more proficient in the use of ICT. The majority of careers in todays world require a sound knowledge of how to use pieces of software like EXCEL, ACCESS, PAINT SHOP and DREAMWEAVER.
Students are taught in mixed ability classes through the three years
The qualification consists of two units:

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. This is taught over year 9 and 10.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. This unit of work is taught over the course of year 11.

 

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 wth advanced programming techniques and use pieces of technology sch as the Rasberry PI.

 

Career Options

What would my next steps be in this subject?
Students studying this course will go on to study a levels in Computer Science or ICT or a host of Level3 qualifications such as the BTEC in Computing or ICT. Computer Science is not just an academic subject but also profession. Students can leave directly for a job as a computer scientist with one of the thousands of establish businesses in the UK or round the world.

What would my next steps be in this subject?
Students who student this subject are perfectly placed to go on to study a number of a variety of A levels from Computer Science to ICT. There are also a number of vocational level 3 options such the BTEC in ICT.

What would my next steps be in this subject?
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.

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