Year 8

In Year 8, students have a single lesson of one hour and will address the digital literacy and information technology areas of the KS3 national curriculum programmes of study by learning about the following areas:

* Microbit – Block coding language

* Computational thinking and algorithms.

* Hardware and Software

* Python

* Digital Graphics

* Website design

Work will be evidenced/presented using an e-portfolio which students will maintain for each topic.

Year 9 & 10

In year 9 students have to option to choose to study a level 2 qualification in either iMedia or Computer Science.

Students studying iMedia will cover the following components:

R085: Creating a multipage website

R083: Creating 2D and 3D digital characters

R082: Creating digital graphics

R081: Pre production skills examination unit

This is a compulsory unit, based on all aspects of planning projects from mood boards to Gantt charts. It will also develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grade. Students will be graded as follows:

Level 2 Distinction*

Level 2 Distinction

Level 2 Merit

Level 2 Pass

Level 1 Distinction

Level 1 Merit

Level 1 Pass



Students studying Computer Science GCSE will cover the following content:

Computer systems

• Systems Architecture • Memory • Storage • Wired and wireless networks • Network topologies, protocols and layers • System security • System software • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking

•  Algorithms and programming • Algorithms * • Programming techniques • Producing robust programs • Computational logic • Translators and facilities of languages • Data representation

Programming Project Work

• Programming techniques • Analysis • Design • Development • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

The GCSE in Computer Science will be graded 9-1

Progression routes

Students wishing to continue in this subject will be able to progress to  Level 3 ICT. Students who do not wish to study ICT further will be able to use their ICT skills to assist other A Level subjects. Students wishing to go to college will be able to use their ICT skills to assist whichever course they pursue; Students going into apprenticeships will clearly be able to show employers and trainers the level of their ICT competence using a recognised qualification, especially in the areas covered by the units outlined above.


As a department we endorse the school’s mission statement of ‘Inspiring minds, opening hearts, transforming lives’ in helping us to reach the goal of preparing our students to be tomorrow’s citizens, equipped and able to be successful at anytime, anywhere, any place and to become independent life-long learners.

In Business Studies we aim to enable every pupil to leave school with an accredited qualification. We strive to reduce the attainment gap between groups of students by making effective use of data to inform teaching and learning any by constantly developing our skills as a teaching team. All staff have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of our subject and working as a team helps us to help our students to reach their full potential. We play a key part in developing skills that will prepare students’ workplace skills which in turn will contribute to their economic well being. Our curriculum contextualises learning through the use of real life situations and problem solving scenarios. Our students develop personal qualities such as the ability to work effectively in teams.


Year 9-11


Students following the KS4 business studies course study a variety of business studies key concepts in order to prepare themselves for working life whilst gaining an accredited qualification.


Content includes:

• entrepreneurial characteristics and business aims and objectives

• legal structures, organisational structures and stakeholder engagement

• the marketing mix, market research, market types and orientation types

• internal and external influences on business

• research, resource planning and growth for business

• human resource requirements for a business start-up

• sources of enterprise funding and business finance

• business and enterprise planning.


Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.


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