Computing & Business

Head of Faculty: Mr M Russell

The Computing & Business faculty comprises the subjects of Computing, ICT, Business Studies & Economics. Members of the faculty also contribute to running after school clubs to help develop I.C.T. skills & confidence as well as helping students to complete projects & coursework.

Computing at Years 7-9

At Years 7-9 students follow an exciting new Computing curriculum. Students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of algorithms, programming and hardware, alongside an appreciation of communication and information technology applications. The curriculum broadly follows the National Strategy for Computing.

Years 10-11

GCSE Computing

Examination Board: OCR

The GCSE Computing course gives students a real, in depth understanding of how a computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

Through this qualification students can:

  • Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work
  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programming
  • Become independent users of ICT
  • Acquire and apply creative skills
  • Develop computer programmes to solve problems
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programmes and create solutions

Assessment

A451: Computer systems and programming

1hr 30 minute written examination

Worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade

A452: Practical investigation

Controlled assessment

Worth 30% of the overall GCSE grade

A453: Programming project

Controlled assessment

Worth 30% of the overall GCSE grade

 

GCSE Business Studies

Examination Board: OCR

The GCSE Business Studies course encourages a practical understanding of business behaviour and will focus on business situations and the way in which these businesses operate in a modern day mixed economy. A core objective of the course is to encourage students to evaluate evidence and make reasoned judgements, presenting conclusions accurately and in a suitable way, making use of ICT where appropriate.
Through this qualification students can:

  • Develop and understanding of business ownerships and the process of starting a business
  • Use financial data to support business decisions and produce basic accounts
  • Gain an appreciation of the significance of the economy in shaping business decisions
  • Develop and understanding of the productions process
  • Develop an understanding of the role of different functional areas within a business, for example Human Resources

Assessment


A291: Marketing and Enterprise

Controlled assessment

Worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade

A292: Business and People

1hr written examination

Worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade

A293: Production, Finance and the External Environment

1hr 30 minute written examination

Worth 50% of the overall GCSE grade



Cambridge National Business

Examination Board: OCR
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Business and Enterprise provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge required for further study in business including the different types of business, career planning (including recruitment) and the role of enterprise in business.
Through this qualification students can:

  • Gain experience and setting up and running a real enterprise
  • Develop and understanding of business ownerships and the process of starting a business
  • Use financial data to support business decisions and produce basic accounts
  • Gain an appreciation of the significance of the economy in shaping business decisions
  • Develop and understanding of the productions process
  • Develop an understanding of the role of different functional areas within a business, for example Human Resources

Assessment


R061: Introduction to business

1hr written examination

Worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade

R062: Planning for work

Controlled assessment

Worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade

R063: Setting up and running and enterprise

Controlled assessment

Worth 50% of the overall GCSE grade

 

Years 12-13

AS/A Level Business Studies

Examination Board: OCR

The A Level Business course aims to captivate the imagination of students so that when they leave the classroom, they’ll want to explore and read around the subject further.  The course provides opportunities for students to learn about real business scenarios and develop their understanding of the business world.  At the heart of A Level Business will be its relevance to the modern world; its topicality will engage students and facilitate an understanding of their role in society. The stimulating specification content will encourage students to develop their skills as independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace.

Assessment:


AS Level

F291: Introduction to Business

1hr written examination

Worth 40% of a student’s AS grade or 20% of their overall A Level grade

AS Level

F292: Business Functions

1hr 30 minute written examination

Worth 60% of a student’s AS grade or 30% of their overall A Level grade

A Level

F293: Further Marketing

2hr written examination

Worth 20% of a student’s overall A Level grade

A Level

F297: Strategic Management

2hr written examination

Worth 30% of a student’s overall A Level grade

 

AS/A Level Economics

Examination Board: OCR

Economics affects everything around us. Students will study both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics provides students with a basic toolkit for economics enabling them to understand why we need markets, how they work and how prices are determined. Students will also look you look why markets fail and whether government taxes, regulations and subsidies really are the best way to solve economic problems. Macroeconomics provides students with the opportunity to look at how competitive the UK really is and whether we really do have a stronger economy than our European neighbours and if we can change the UK economy to make us the number one economy in the world. Students will also develop their understanding of trade, globalisation and economic development providing them with an invaluable insight, not just into economics, but into how the wider world works.
Assessment


F581: Markets in Action

1hr 30 minute written examination

Worth 50% of students AS grade and 25% of their overall A Level grade

F582: National and International Economy

1hr 30 minute written examination

Worth 50% of students AS grade and 25% of their overall A Level grade

F584: Transport Economics

2hr written examination

Worth 25% of a student’s overall A Level grade

F585: The Global Economy

2hr written examination

Worth 25% of a student’s overall A Level grade



AS/A Level Computing

Examination Board: AQA

Computing is specifically about how computers work at a low-level and about how to program computers to complete specific tasks.  These skills and knowledge are very different and challenging compared to those required for general users of information technology.
This A level encourages students to develop:

  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • an understanding of the organisation of computer systems including software, hardware, data, communications and people
  • the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems
  • project and time management
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of the subject and perceive their field of study in a broader perspective
  • an understanding of the consequences of uses of computing, including social, legal, ethical and other issues
  • an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society

Assessment


COMP1: Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation, and Practical Exercise

2 hour on-screen examination

Worth 60% of students AS grade and 30% of their overall A Level grade

COMP2: Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet

1 hour written examination

Worth 40% of students AS grade and 20% of their overall A Level grade

COMP3: Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking

2 hour 30 minute written examination

Worth 30% of a student’s overall A Level grade

COMP4: The Computing Practical Project

Coursework

Worth 20% of a student’s overall A Level grade

 

AS/A Level ICT

Examination Board: WJEC

The practical skills that ICT gives are transferable and of benefit in every walk of life, whether it is helping you manage long word processed documents such as your coursework, using spreadsheets to help create statistical models or starting you on the path to creating and developing documentation for a range of purposes. ICT does not tie you in to a particular academic area or career path, but gives you the skills to cope with technical barriers that may previously have caused problems. Doctors, Lawyers, Designers, Architects, Film Directors, and Business Leaders all need to have a basic understanding of technical issues and technical proficiency and A Level ICT will give you that foundation.
Students will use a range of software including spreadsheet, database, word processing, desktop publishing and presentation software. By the end of the two year course students will have an understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society. Students will also have an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

Assessment


IT1: Information Systems

2 Hours 15 Minutes written examination

Worth 60% of students AS grade and 30% of their overall A Level grade

IT2: Presenting Information Task

Internal Assessment

Worth 40% of students AS grade and 20% of their overall A Level grade

IT3: Use and Impact of ICT

2 Hours 30 Minutes written examination

Worth 30% of a student’s overall A Level grade

IT4 Relational Database Project

Internal Assessment

Worth 20% of a student’s overall A Level grade