Computing & Business

Head of Faculty:

The Computing and Business Faculty comprises the subjects of Computing, Information Technologies, Business, Enterprise & Marketing & Economics.

In Business, students in Year 9 to 11 will follow the OCR Business GCSE or the vocational Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National qualification.  In the Sixth Form they will follow Edexcel A Level Business.  In Computing and Information Technologies, students in Year 9 to 11 will follow the OCR GCSE Computer Science or the vocational Cambridge National Information Technologies course.  In the Sixth Form they will follow AQA A-Level Computer Science.

Members of the Faculty contribute to running after school clubs to help develop Information Technologies skills and confidence as well as helping students to complete projects and coursework.

IT & Computing

Information Technologies Cambridge National:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

     
X

Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
LO1-Project Life Cycle
  • Project phases
  • Inputs and Outputs of each Phase
  • Iteration Between Phases
  • Initial Project Consideration
Autumn
2nd half term
LO3 – Uses, Storage and Collection of Data and Information
  • What is Data
  • What is Information
  • Methods to collect data and store data/Information
  • Appropriate Storage Methods in Context
  • Use of Applications to Process Data
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Data
Winter
1st half term
LO4 – factors to consider when collecting / storing / processing data and information
  • Types of Threat
  • Vulnerabilities to be Exploited
  • Impacts / Consequences of Cyber-Security Attack
Winter
2nd half term
LO4 – Factors to consider when Collecting / Storing / Processing Data & Information
  • Preventative Measures
  • Current relevant IT Legislation
  • Importance of Reliability /Validity and Bias when collecting & Analysing Data
Summer
1st half term
LO6 – Different Methods of Processing and Presenting Information
  • Selecting appropriate software tools and techniques
    • Context
    • Purpose
    • Suitability
    • Advantages / disadvantages
  • Resources required to present information
Summer
2nd half term
Software Skills
  • Word processing
  • Presentation software
  • Desk Top Publishing

X

Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Software Skills
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
Autumn
2nd half term
Practice Course work:
  • Initiation and Planning
  • Initiation and Planning Phase Evaluation
Winter
1st half term
Practice Course work:
  • Implementation – Information manipulation
  • Information manipulation - Phase Evaluation
  • Implementation – Information presentation
Winter
2nd half term
Practice Course work:
  • Implementation Testing
  • Implementation Phase Review
  • Final Phase Review
Revision for Exam
Summer
1st half term
Practice Course work:
  • Final Improvements
  • Submission
Revision for Exam
Summer
2nd half term
Software Skills
  • Word processing
  • Presentation software
Desk Top Publishing

X

Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Software Skills
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
Autumn
2nd half term
Course work:
  • Initiation and Planning
  • Initiation and Planning Phase Evaluation
Winter
1st half term
Course work:
  • Implementation – Information manipulation
  • Information manipulation - Phase Evaluation
  • Implementation – Information presentation
Winter
2nd half term
Course work:
  • Implementation Testing
  • Implementation Phase Review
  • Final Phase Review
Summer
1st half term
Course work:
  • Final Improvements
  • Submission
Summer
2nd half term
  • Study Leave

Computer Science

OCR GCSE:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

     
X

Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Introduction to programming
  • Basic algorithms
  • How programs ae developed
  • Programming in python
Autumn
2nd half term
Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • The Central Processing Unit
  • Fetch Decode and Execute cycle
Winter
1st half term
Boolean Logic & Data representation
  • AND / OR / NOT
  • Binary
  • Characters and character sets
  • Images
Winter
2nd half term
Data representation/Consequences/Algorithms
  • Sound
  • Legal
  • Ethical and moral issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Developing algorithms using flowcharts
  • Developing algorithms using pseudo code
Summer
1st half term
Algorithms/Programming languages
  • Developing algorithms using flowcharts
  • Developing algorithms using pseudo code
  • Facilities of programming languages
  • Translators (compilers and interpreters)
Summer
2nd half term
Programming project
  • Developing programming skills

X

Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Wired and Wireless networking/System and Network security
  • Malware
  • Functions of Operating systems
  • Utilities
Autumn
2nd half term
System and Network security/System Software/Programming
  • Initiation and Planning
  • Initiation and Planning Phase Evaluation
Winter
1st half term
Standard Algorithms/Programming techniques/Robust Programs
  • Sorting
  • Searching
  • Functions
  • Return values
Winter
2nd half term
Robust Programs/Programming languages
  • Facilities of programming languages
  • Translators (compilers and interpreters)
Summer
1st half term
Revision and PPEs
Programming project
Summer
2nd half term
Programming project

X

Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Algorithmic thinking/ Standard Algorithms
  • Decomposition
  • Abstraction
  • Sorting
  • Searching
Autumn
2nd half term
Using OCR Reference Language
  • Developing algorithms
  • Using Arrays
  • File processing
PPE
Winter
1st half term
System Architecture revision
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • The Central Processing Unit
  • Fetch Decode and Execute cycle
Winter
2nd half term
Networking Revision/ System and Network security
  • LAN vs WAN
  • Network hardware
  • Protocols
  • Layers
  • Network topologies
  • Protecting the system
  • Cyber security
  • Malware
Summer
1st half term
Revision
Summer
2nd half term
Study Leave / Exams

A Level:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
X

Year 12

Term    
Autumn
1st half term
Fundamentals of Computer Systems
Hardware and software
The processor
Boolean Algebra
Resource Management
Fundamentals of Programming
Sequence
Selection
Iteration
Arrays
Subroutines
Autumn
2nd half term
Fundamentals of Data Representation
Number systems
Binary, Hexadecimal and Decimal
Fixed- and floating-point numbers
Binary Arithmetic
Negative addition
Fundamentals of Programming
Windows forms
2D arrays
Tracing algorithms
Files and records
Winter
1st half term
Fundamentals of Communications
Synchronous and Asynchronous communications
Network Hardware
Client Server and Peer-2-peer networks
Protocols
How the Internet works
Packet Switching
Software Development
System development lifecycle
Defining algorithms
Abstraction and automation
Winter
2nd half term
Fundamentals of Algorithms
Graph / Tree traversal
Dijkstra’s shortest path
Search Algorithms
Reverse Polish notation
Sorting Algorithms

Fundamentals of Databases
What is a database?
Structured Query Language
Relational databases
Joins, Primary and Foreign keys
Relational Databases (3rd normal form)
Programming Paradigms
Imperative
Declarative
Object Oriented
Summer
1st half term
Fundamentals of Computer Organisation and Architecture
The computer buses.
Stored Program Concept
Components of the processor
FDE and the registers
Instructions sets
Addressing modes
Big Data
Bitmap & Vector Graphics
Error checking

Accessing databases in VB.NET

Abstract Data Types
Queues
Stacks
Hash tables
Dictionaries
Summer
2nd half term
Fundamentals of Computational Thinking
Abstraction and Automation
Finite State Machines
The Turing Machine
Regular and Context-free languages
Maths for regular expressions
Big-O classification of algorithms
Year 13 Project Preparation
Project proposals
Project analysis
Project design

X

Year 13

Term    
Autumn
1st half term
Consequences of uses of computers
Legal
Moral / ethical
Legal
Cultural
NEA Implementation
Autumn
2nd half term
Fundamentals of functional programming
Basics of functional programming
Writing functional programs
NEA Implementation
Winter
1st half term
Revision NEA Testing
NEA Evaluation
Winter
2nd half term
Revision
NEA Final Improvement
Summer
1st half term
Revision
NEA Submission
Summer
2nd half term
Study Leave

Business

OCR Business GCSE:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

X

Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • The role of Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning
  • Revenue, costs, profit, and loss
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Business Ownership
  • Business Aims and Objectives
  • Stakeholders in Business
  • Business Growth
Winter
1st half term
  • The role of Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Market Segmentation
Winter
2nd half term
  • The Marketing Mix
  • The role of Human Resources
  • Organisational Structures and Different Ways of Working
  • Communication in Business
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
  • Business Activity
  • Marketing
  • People
Summer
2nd half term
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Motivation and Retention

X

Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Recap of Year 9
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Motivation and Retention
  • Training and Development
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Employment Law
  • Production Processes
  • Quality of Goods and Services
Winter
1st half term
  • The Sales Process and Customer Service
  • Consumer Law
  • Business Location
Winter
2nd half term
  • Working with Suppliers
  • The Role of the Finance Function
  • Sources of Finance
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
  • Business Activity
  • Marketing
  • People
Summer
2nd half term
  • Revenue, Costs, Profit and Loss
  • Break-Even
  • Cash and Cash flow

X

Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Ethical and Environmental Considerations
  • The Economic Climate
  • Globalisation
Autumn
2nd half term
  • The Interdependent Nature of Business
  • Revision for PPE
Winter
1st half term
  • Revision/ Practice papers/ Past paper feedback
Winter
2nd half term
  • Revision/ Practice papers/ Past paper feedback
Summer
1st half term
  • Examination
Summer
2nd half term

Enterprise & Marketing

Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

   
     

X

Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Market segmentation.
  • Primary and secondary research methods used by business.
  • Costs of producing products/services.
  • Break-even theory.
  • Measurement of profits.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Product lifecycle
  • Differentiation and Development.
Winter
1st half term
  • Pricing to retain customers.
  • Customer service.
  • Business Ownership &Start-ups.
Winter
2nd half term
  • Business Ownership,
  • Sources of Capital & Business Plans
Summer
1st half term
  • Human Resources
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • Revision

A Level Business

Edexcel A Level Business:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
     

X

Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Meeting Customer Needs
  • The Market
  • Entrepreneurs and Leaders
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Marketing Mix and Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Globalisation
Winter
1st half term
  • Globalisation
  • Global Industries and Companies
Winter
2nd half term
  • Global Markets and Business Expansion
  • Global Marketing
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision for PPE
  • Raising Finance
  • External Influences.
Summer
2nd half term

X

Year 13

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Financial Planning
  • Managing Finance
  • Resource Management
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Business Objectives and Strategy
  • Business Growth
  • Revision for PPE
Winter
1st half term
  • Managing Change
  • Decision-Making Techniques
Winter
2nd half term
  • Influences on Business Decisions
  • Assessing Competitiveness
  • Revision
Summer
1st half term
  • Revision
Summer
2nd half term
 

 
 
 

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