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Business, Computing and ICT
Department Aims
The aim of the ICT & Business department is to equip the students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in order to prepare them for their future lives whether it be further education or going into the world of work.
Department Ethos
The Department ethos is:

To be the best we can be, to constantly reflect on our activities and to see change as an opportunity, not a threat.
Department Staff
- Head of Department: Mr A Percival
- Mrs S Routledge-Brown - Teacher of ICT & Business with responsibility for BTEC Business & Second in Department
- Mrs D Champ - Teacher of Business studies with responsibility for A level Business
- Mrs C Rixson – Teacher of Computer Science and ICT
- Mrs E Eddison – Teacher of Computer Science and ICT
Out of school activities
G12 is available for students to use at the times below in order for students to complete work in all subject areas. The room is supervised by a member of staff should students require assistance.

Day Before School
7.55am – 8.20am
1.10pm – 1.45pm
After School
3.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday Closed for Meetings
Tuesday Closed for Meetings
Any other information
The Department is a successful department with over 77% of students in Year 11 studying either an ICT or Business GCSE qualification.

At AS Level 80% of Business and 100% of ICT students achieved A-E grades.
At A2 100% of Business and ICT students achieved A-D grades.

All students are expected to bring the following equipment to lessons:

- Pen (Blue/Black, Red and Green)
- Pencil
- Ruler
- Rubber

Homework is set as and when required but tends to be every week. Failure to complete homework by the deadline is likely to result in a detention of up to 15 minutes and the homework handed in the following day.
ICT & Computing Curriculum Overview - From September 2017
Key Stage 3 Years 7 and 8
In Key Stage 3, the Department teaches both ICT and Computer Science to Year 7 and Year 8 students. The department aims to ensure that students learn ICT skills and knowledge that will support their future GCSEs and result in valuable life skills as well as introduce the subject of Computer Science so that they have a good grounding to embark on the GCSE Computer Science course as an option. Students are assessed through assessments at the end of each module taught.

The department aims to ensure that students learn ICT skills and knowledge that will support their future GCSEs and result in valuable life skills.Students are assessed through assessments at the end of each module taught.
All students receive 1 x 60 minute lesson of Computer Science each week, during which each student has access to an individual computer for the duration of the lesson. In addition students receive a 9 week block of 2 x 60 minute lessons per week of ICT.
Year 7 Computer Science
- Introduction to ICT & Computing at Shirley
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Use basic file management techniques to create folders, save, copy, move, rename and delete files and folders and make backup copies of files
• Recognise extensions for common file types such as .doc or .docx, .ppt, .jpg etc
• Keep their files in well organised and appropriately named folders
• Explain what constitutes a “strong” password for an online account
• Describe a code of conduct
• List some of the dangers and drawbacks of social networking sites
• List some possible responses to cyberbullying
• Send and reply to emails, send attachments
• Use a search engine to find information

- Control Systems with FLOWOL
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Identify everyday situations where computer control is used
• Identify common types of sensors used by control systems
• Identify control flowchart symbols and understand how they are used to break down problems
• Produce flowchart-based solutions for control systems that include sequences and loops

- Graphics
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Explain that bitmap images are made up of individual pixels
• Explain that in the case of a vector graphic, properties such as position, fill, stroke colour and dimensions are stored
• Create and manipulate a simple group of objects to form a logo design
• Change the saturation, brightness and contrast in an image
• Add text to a graphic
• Use a graphics package to create an artwork; for example, a movie poster

- Spreadsheet Modelling
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Give examples of how computer models are used in the real world
• Format a simple spreadsheet model
• Use simple formulae and functions
• Name cells in a spreadsheet model
• Use a simple spreadsheet model to explore different “what if” scenarios
• Create a basic pie chart to display results
- Building Apps Using A Web-App Builder
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• evaluate a simple GUI (Graphical User Interface)
• create a simple GUI (Graphical User Interface) within a web application
• explain the processes involved in building an app
• understand the term ‘Home Screen’
• build a photo gallery
• use the map building tool
HTML and website Development
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Write HTML code to create a simple web page and display it in a browser
• Write CSS to define the styles used in a web page
• Create a simple navigation system using HTML
• Use a design to create a template for a web page using HTML
• Create their own multi-page website
• Insert text, images and links on their web pages

Introduction to basic programming
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Run simple Python programs in Interactive and Script mode
• Write pseudocode to outline the steps in an algorithm prior to coding
• Write programs using different types of data (e.g. strings and integers)
• Correctly use different variable types (e.g. integer and floating point), assignment statements, arithmetic operators
• Distinguish between syntax and logic errors and be able to find and correct both types of error
• Use relational operators to control the order in which program statements are executed and in what order (if and while statements)
• Use comments to document their programs and explain how they work

Year 8 Computer Science
Computer Crime and Cyber Security
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Name the major Acts concerning computer use
• Describe briefly some of the dangers of putting personal data on social networking sites
• Describe briefly ways of protecting online identity and how to report concerns
• Identify some of the signs of fraudulent emails and respond appropriately
• Adhere to Copyright Law when using written text, downloading music etc.
• List some of the Health and Safety hazards associated with computer use
• Describe how to safely dispose of an old computer

Understanding Computers
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Distinguish between hardware and software
• Give examples of computer hardware and software
• Draw a block diagram showing CPU, input, output and storage devices
• Name different types of permanent storage device
• Suggest appropriate input and output devices for a simple scenario
• Explain what RAM and ROM are used for
• Show how numbers and text can be represented in binary
• Explain the impact of future technologies

Sound Editing In Audacity
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Explain how sound is digitized
• Use input and output devices to record and play sounds
• Select suitable materials for a project
• Use basic editing techniques to produce a sound file
• Work collaboratively to give and receive feedback on work done by others
• Most pupils will be able to:
• Select appropriate material for a specific audience
• Combine speech, music and sound effects from different sources into one end product
• Use more sophisticated editing techniques
• Explain how their product meets the given brief
• Some pupils will be able to:
• Plan and create a project with the minimum of assistance
• Include a range of suitable techniques and effects to produce an effective product that meets specification

Further Programming in Python
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Use data types correctly and convert between them when necessary
• Write programs that use a loop to repeat a section of code
• Write programs that use lists (known as ‘arrays’ in some languages)
• Create and call a function or procedure
• Find and debug syntax errors
• Look at a given section of code and describe its function

YEAR 7 & 8 ICT
This course encourages students to develop the skills to be able to use the 3 main Microsoft Office programs to produce professional-looking documents.

Topic 1: Microsoft PowerPoint Students develop the skills to produce high-quality presentations, using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.
Topic 2: Microsoft Word Students develop the ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using tables and pictures and effectively using the spell-checker.
Topic 3: Microsoft Excel Students develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data, formulae (basic and advanced) and formatting worksheets, to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.

Key Stage 4 Information
The Department offers students the opportunity to study for four separate GCSE courses: Computer Science (EDUQAS), Business Studies (AQA) and the BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (the latter being taught to all students in Years 11).

The ICT GCSE course is 60% coursework and a 40% external exam sat in the May of Year 11.

The Business Studies course is 25% controlled assessment (completed in Year 11) and 75% external exam sat in the May of Year 11.

The Computer Science course is 20% controlled assessment (completed in Year 11) 30% externally assess tasks (completed in Year 11) and 50% external exam sat in May of Year 11.

In Key Stage 4 all students who opt to study GCSE in Computer Science or Business Studies receive 5 X 60 minute lessons in each subject over a two week period.

The GCSE ICT course consists of two units:

Unit 1:Living in the Digital World
In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features. This is worth 40% of the final grade.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
This is apractical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
The unit is internally assessed. Edexcel produce a Controlled Assessment Brief which can be completed at any time during the course but only in school. It is internally marked and externally moderated. The practical unit is worth 60% of the final mark.
Outline of topics/work covered, however individual teachers may change order of activities.
Year 10
Chapter 1 continued: Laptops v Desktops
Social Networking
Security Threats from the Internet
Introduction to GCSE Coursework - Unit 2 (research)
Chapter 2 - On the Move
Judging reliability of websites and accuracy of data
Biometric methods of identification

- GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Complete Activity 1
WiFi Hotspots
Cloud Computing

- GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Start Activity 2 (research)
Introduce Chapter 3 - Entertain me - what to buy?

Year 11
GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Complete Activity 2 and Introduce Activity 3
Chapter 3 - completed
GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Activity 4
Chapter 4 & 5

BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (GCSE Equivalent)

This course is taught to all current Year 11 students. The ECDL certificate is an internationally recognised Qualification designed to ensure that students are competent in the skills and knowledge that are essential to their success in our technology-dependent society. This qualification will count towards a student's 5 A*-C grades.

Topic/Test 1: Presentation Software
Students develop the skills to produce high-quality presentations, using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.

Topic/Test 2: Word Processing
Students develop the ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge.

Topic/Test 3: Spreadsheet Software
Students develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data, formulae (basic and advanced) and formatting worksheets, to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.

Topic/Test 4: Improving Productivity using IT
Students develop the skills and knowledge to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

Computer Science GCSE
Computer Science offers students the opportunity to:

  • Gain a real understanding of the way computers work inside;

  • Create computer programs that could be used for real-life purposes.
  • At the moment students are assessed via 3 units:

  • Unit 1: Written Exam Paper – 1 ½ hours in length and externally marked by exam board - 50%

  • Unit 2: Series of short tasks solving problems using computers - 2 hours in length and externally marked by exam board - 30%

  • Unit 3: Controlled Assessment – 20 hours (max) in length whereby students develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief issued by exam board - 20%

  • GCSE Topic Overview:

    Year 9
    Computer Systems - Inputs, Outputs, Storage (memory etc), Processes (CPU)
    Computational Thinking and Programming
    How data is represented in a computer (inc converting Denary to binary and hexadecimal and vice versa)
    Data Representation & Data Types
    Computer Software
    Functions of Operating Systems

    Year 10
    Preparation for practical investigation (Unit 3 project)
    Different types of networks
    Internet & Communications (html programming, compression, encryption etc)
    Complete Unit 3 project
    Ethical, Social & Legal Aspects, Data Structures and Organisation of Data

    Year 11
    Introduce and complete Unit 3 project
    Revisiting practical investigation work bearing in mind exam board report PLUS Security and Data Management
    Revisiting weak areas (identified by mock etc)/preparing for Unit 2 exam
    Revision for Units 1 & 2 exams
    Business Studies GCSE
    Business Studies offers students the opportunity to actively engage in the study of business and to develop as effective and independent learners. It also aids them in becoming critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. The course will also focus on improving key skills such as communication, application of number, ICT, problem solving and working with others.

    Assessment Objectives
    The pupils will be assessed on their ability to

  • Recall, select and communicate knowledge.

  • Apply knowledge in different contexts, plan and carry out investigations.

  • Analyse and evaluate evidence and make reasoned judgements.

  • Assessment Methods
    Current students in Year 11 focus on the three components of the current course:
    1. Unit 1 - SETTING UP A BUSINESS – written examination (1 hour, 40% of marks)
    2. Unit 2 - GROWING AS A BUSINESS – written examination (1 hour, 35% of marks)
    3. Unit 3 - INVESTIGATING BUSINESSES – controlled assessment (25% of marks)

    Year 9 & 10 students are studying the new AQA specification to meet the changing requirements in Business for first assessment in June 2019. Unlike previous years there is now no coursework. There are two exams which students will sit at the end of the course.

    GCSE Topic Overview

    Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity
    Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 90 marks and is 50% of the GCSE
    Subject content:
    1. Business in the real world
    2. Influences on business
    3. Business operations
    4. Human resources
    Human resources

    Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity
    Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutesn
    90 marks and is 50% of the GCSE
    Year 11
    Unit 3: Controlled Assessment
    Unit 2: Operations Management
    Unit 1 & Unit 2 Revision
    Unit 1 Exam 24th May 2017 tbc
    Unit 2 Exam 9th June 2017 tbc

    Key Stage 5 Information
    The Department offer the EDUQAS Computer Science and the AQA Business Studies A-Level courses as well as the Edexcel BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma.

    In Key Stage 5 all students who opt to study the AS/A2 Level in ICT or Business Studies receives 8 X 60 minute lessons in each subject over a 2 week period. Those students who opt to study the BTEC Business course receive 24 x 60 minute lessons over a 2 week period.

    Additional lessons are organised in order to support students with their studies.
    In all three Level 3 courses, Computer Science and Business, it is vital that students engage in the reading of articles detailing ICT/Computer Science developments respectively in our everyday lives to enhance their understanding of the theoretical aspects they study in class.


    This course is starting September 2017. This course encourages learners to develop:

    • An understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
    • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
    • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science.
    • The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
    A-Level Topic Overview

    Year 12 Computer Science
    Autumn Term
    Hardware and Communication - Component 2.1
    Data Transmission - Component 2.2
    Data Representation and data types - Component 2.3
    Algorithms and programs - Component 1.3
    ntroduction to Python)
    The Operating System - Component 2.6
    Spring Term
    Data Representation and data types - continued
    Organisation and structure of data - Component 2.4
    Databases and distributed systems - Component 2.5
    The Operating System - continued
    Different Types of Softwares Systems - Component 2.7
    Data security and integrity - Component 2.8
    Summer Term
    Economic, moral, legal, ethical and cultural issues relating
    to computer science - Component 1.9
    Data structures - Component 1.1
    Logical Operations - Component 1.2
    Preparation for Programmed Solution – Component 3

    Year 13 ICT (A2)
    Autumn Term
    Production of Programmed Solution to a Problem - Component 3 (Non Examination
    Assessment) Principles of programming - Component 1.4
    Spring Term
    Systems Analysis - Component 1.5
    System Design - Component 1.6
    Software Engineering - Component 1.7
    Program Construction - Component 1.8
    Summer Term
    Method of Assessment at the end of Year 13

    Component Maximum Raw Mark Scaling factor Scaled Maximum Mark % Weighting
    C1 100 2 200 40
    C2 100 2 200 40
    C3 100 1 100 20

    A level qualifications are reported as a grade from A* to E. Results not attaining the minimum standard for the award will be reported as U (unclassified).


    The department delivers the AQA A-Level in Business.

    AQA A-Level Business (New Linear Spec, first assessment As: 2016, A2: 2017)
    Course Description
    The A-Level course contains three components and each component is an externally assessed written examination.

    As Assessment:

    Unit Assessment As
    1 Business 1 - 3 sections - 1 ½hrs 50%
    2 Business 2 - Case Study - 1 ½hrs 50%
    A2 Assessment

    Unit Assessment As
    1 Business 1 - 3 sections - 2 hrs 33.33%
    2 Business 2 - Data Response - 2hrs 33.33%
    3 Business 3 - Case Study - 2hrs 33.33%

    Overview of AQA A-Level Business Topics - Year 2

    3.7 Analysing Strategic Position of a Business
    3.8 Choosing Strategic Direction
    3.9 Strategic Methods How to Pursue Strategies
    3.10 Managing Strategic Change
    Exam preparation and revision
    BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)
    This is a two year course in Business and is the equivalent of three A-Levels, and will prepare students for employment or for entry into higher education.
    The course allows students to develop practical skills and theoretical understanding of the world of business and complete projects investigating topics such as marketing, financial analysis, website design and retail strategies. At the end of the course, successful students will have a good knowledge of the wide world of business and a practical skill set that will prepare them for the next stage in their business career.
    During the course students will develop their group work, IT and presentation skills. The units they will study include elements of accounting, marketing, human resource management and website design.

    Method of Assessment

    Students must complete seven mandatory units plus a further 6 optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits.
    This course has 4 externally assessed units and 9 internally assessed units.

    BTEC Overview of Topics

    TWO (Externally assessed) Developing a Marketing Campaign
    THREE (Externally assessed) Personal and Business Finance
    FOUR Managing an Event
    FIVE International Business
    EIGHT Recruitment and Selection
    NINE Team Building in Business

    YEAR 13
    ONE Exploring Business
    SIX (Externally assessed) Principles of Management
    SEVEN (Externally assessed) Business Decision Making
    SEVENTEEN Digital Marketing
    EIGHTEEN Creative Promotion
    NINETEEN Pitching for a New Business
    TWENTY ONE Training and Development

    Performing Arts
    Child Development
    Food Technology
    ICT & Business
    Work Related Learning
    Design Technology
    Media Studies
    Modern Foreign Languages

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