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Computer Science

KS3 Computer Science

Computer Science, ICT and Business Studies

Computer Science & Business Studies are taught within the Communications Faculty where our vision is to develop an understanding of how language, business and computer science contribute to our students becoming well-educated and independent citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse world. We have 3 fully equipped computer suites with industry standard software including Windows 10, Office 2016, Adobe/Macromedia Suite and various programs for coding and computer programming. All students follow a Computer Science curriculum at KS3 that includes IT usage, programming and E-Safety. We offer all students the opportunity to study a GCSE in Computer Science and also GCSE Business Studies in Key Stage 4. Students often work independently but are provided with many opportunities to work with others to develop the skills of team work and communication.

The Communications team strive to provide engaging lessons and experiences where all students are given opportunities to develop their communication skills, creativity, thinking skills and the ability to reflect on and learn from their mistakes. We are always looking to create new opportunities for students and we seek to make all learning useful, relevant and creative in today's society where culture and communication are so important.

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


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
•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

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