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Computer Science

KS3 Computer Science

Computer Science, ICT and Business Studies


The Computer Science/Business Studies department offers a dedicated team of Computer Science/Business Studies specialist teachers that is enthusiastic and determined to provide pupils with the best education. The majority of the Computer Science/Business Studies staff have previously worked in industry bringing a wide range of business and enterprise skills into the classroom. There are 4 fully equipped suites with industry standard software including Windows 7, Office 2010, Adobe/Macromedia Suite and various programs for coding and computer programming. All pupils follow a Computer Science curriculum at KS3 that includes ICT and E-Safety. We offer all pupils the opportunity to study GCSE in Computer Science and GCSE Business Studies in Year 10. We support all students, regardless of ability level, throughout the course by offering extra-curricular time in ICT support clubs. Pupils work independently but are provided with many opportunities to work with others to develop the sought after business and enterprise skills such as team work and communication.

KS3 Computer Science

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Unit  1 - Under the Hood

Unit 7 - Sorted!

Unit 1 - Cracking the Code: Binary, cypher & encryption

Unit 2 - Think Like a Computer Scientist

Unit 8 - How to make a computer appear smart

Unit 2 - Representing Sounds

Unit 3 - Drawing & manipulating Shapes

 

 

Unit 4 - Creating an animation

 

 

Unit 6 - How the Web Works

 

 

Term 2

Unit 5 - Foundations of Computing

Unit 9 - Recursive patterns

Unit 4 - Searching

Unit 10 - Representing Images

Unit 1 - Cracking the Code: Binary, cypher & encryption

Unit 5 - Getting down and dirty with networks

Unit 11 - Programming a Calculator

 

 

Unit 1 - What is an Operating System

 

 

Unit 2 - CMD The Command Line

 

 

Term 3

Unit 3 - Binary

Unit 2 - Representing Sounds

Unit 8 - Computer Architecture

Unit 4 - Instruction Set Design

Python Basics Lessons

Python

Unit 5 - Programming using selection / Boolean Operators

 

 

Unit 6 - Connecting to the Internet

 

 

GCSE Computer Science

What will I learn?
This qualification is a mixture of theory (so students understand the enduring principles and
abstract concepts of computer science) and computational thinking and practice (so students
learn how to solve problems, write efficient code and build working systems). It provides
opportunities for students to explore the wider societal and ethical issues associated with
computer science and to develop as responsible practitioners.
There are six topics:
• Problem Solving
•Programming
•Data
•Computers
•Communication and the Internet
•The Bigger Picture


How will I learn?
You will learn all topics though a mixture of practical and theoretical tasks. These tasks will be linked to real world scenarios which will give you the opportunity explore possible designs while learning the skills needed to find solutions.

How will I be assessed?
The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science consists of two externally examined papers and a non-examined assessment component.

Component 1 – Principles of Computer Science. 40% of the qualification
Written examination: 1 hour 40 minutes

Component 2 – Application of computational thinking .40% of the qualification
Written examination: 2 hours

Component 3: Project. 20% of the qualification
Controlled assessment: 20 hours

What can I progress to?
The depth of coverage means that it provides a solid foundation for either the study of A level Computing or employment (for example software developer, website designer, programmer, network analyst). It is worth noting that a GCSE in Computer Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate qualification.

OCR GCSE in Business (J204)

What will I learn?
The great thing about this qualification is that it gives learners a more in-depth look into how business works. Additionally, this employs an analytical, evaluative and investigative approach.

How will I learn?
You will complete a series of individual, paired and group tasks. The tasks would be a combination of written tasks, presentations, reports, publications (such as leaflets, flyers and posters), problem solving tasks, research and investigations.

How will I be assessed?
GCSE Business Studies comprises of 100% written examination.
The assessment is structured as follows:
• Business 1: Business Activity, Marketing, and People 50%. 1 Hour 30 Minutes Paper
• Business 2: Operations, Finance and Influences on Business 50%. 1 Hour 30 Minutes Paper

What can I progress to?
Progression to further study from GCSE will depend upon the number and nature of the grades achieved. Broadly, candidates who are awarded mainly Grades 4 to 1 at GCSE could either strengthen their base through further study of qualifications at Level 1 within the National Qualifications Framework or could proceed to Level 2. Candidates who are awarded mainly Grades 5 to 9 at GCSE would be well prepared for study at Level 3 within the National Qualifications Framework. In the business sector, learners would be aiming to move into entry- level roles, such as assistants in business administration, marketing, finance, human resources, sales and customer service.

Further Information

Mrs K Erwin
Email: kerwin@aylestone.hereford.sch.uk