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.

 

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 HardwareTouch Screen PC
  • 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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

For further information, please contact Mr Whitehead