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KS3 Computing

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. 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. 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

The following topics are expected to be delivered at KS3:

Year 7:  Digital Literacy, Programming with Kodu Computers, Web awareness, Blogging Algorithms, Digital Imaging and Databases.

Year 8: App development & textual programming with Bitsbox, 3D modelling project with SketchUp, Programming with Python (& Minecraft Pi), Networking (Raspberry Pi) and Musical coding (Sonic Pi).

The topics in each year will be taught over a 4 week period and will be assessed accordingly. Assessment for each will be through baseline testing (initially) and end of topic test.


KS4 Business studies

Qualification: BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise

Examination board: Edexcel

Exam information:

There is 1 external Synoptic element to the BTEC.

Unit 3- Promotion and Finance for Enterprise


Unit 1- Exploring Enterprises

Unit 2- Planning for and Running an Enterprise

Unit 3- Promotion and Finance for Enterprise


To achieve the BTEC level 1/2 Tech in Business, pupils must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units.

Pupils must achieve a minimum of a pass in all the assessment within a unit in order to achieve a level 2 pass overall. If the work does not meet the level 2 criteria, then the student will achieve a level 1 Pass, Merit, Distinction or a “U” grade if they do not meet the criteria at all.

Students need to successfully PASS all units to achieve the qualification.

Career information:

Students can move onto BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Business if they successfully complete this course.

Typical jobs with a Business qualifications:

•Business adviser

•Business analyst

•Chartered management accountant

•Corporate investment banker

•Data analyst

•Management consultant

•Operational researcher

•Project manager


Extra websites and books

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Qualification: OCR Cambridge National Certificate in IT

Examination Board: OCR

Exam information:

There is one exam- which is 50% of then qualification.

Unit 1- Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions.


Unit 1:  Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions.

Unit 2:  Creating Data Management Systems for Business


  • Practical problem solving with hands on creativity.
  • Advanced skills beyond typical GCSE level.
  • Skills that are highly valued by employers such as Project Management, Cyber Security, Knowledge of Legislation and Data Management.
  • Knowledge on how IT is used to help businesses operate and grow.

Career information:

This qualification is a good grounding for any students in any discipline since the skills acquired in the use of IT in Business and problem solving will apply to any field of study at any level. Students wishing to go into employment will have the skills and specialist knowledge to open doors to working in Cyber Security, Marketing, Project Management, Date Management and creative or technical roles. Students wishing to continue their IT studies will be able to increase their knowledge and continue to an A level standard (Level 3 Award).

Extra website and books:

Useful websites to revise  OCR Cambridge National Certificate in IT:

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