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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

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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 lifelong 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.




Who is this course for?

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Business

This course is ideal for students who have an interest in business and the way that businesses work. It will compliment a variety of other subjects and careers such as Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Human Resources, Banking, Law, Psychology, Sociology and many more.  The Cambridge Technicals in Business have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare our students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Our students practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have five GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Students will learn how a business might evolve. From a small start-up business to a large multinational organisation, our students will consider a range of different business types and gain an understanding of how the choice of business type might affect the objectives that are set. Students will also look at the internal workings of businesses, including their internal structure and how different functional areas work together. Plus, by looking at the external constraints under which a business must operate, your students will gain an understanding of the legal, financial and ethical factors that have an impact. Students will also explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment; and gain an appreciation of the influence different stakeholders can have upon a business. 


The business world places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions and your students will have the opportunity to gain these vital skills. Alongside this they will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, and to manage their time effectively.   

How will you be assessed?

Year 1


  • The business environment (Exam)

  •  Customers and Communication (Coursework)


Year 2


  • Working in business (Exam)


Two optional units from the following:

  • Business decisions (Exam)

  • Marketing and Market research (Coursework)

  • Introduction to human resources (Coursework)

  • Accounting concepts (Coursework)

  • International business (Coursework)

  • Business events (Coursework)

  • Being entrepreneurial and evaluating viable opportunities (Coursework)



Who is this course for?

The qualifications is ideal for students considering a careers within the IT/Digital industry with the aim to develop our students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. The students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, apprenticeship or the workplace.     


What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have five GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Our students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT focus on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand.   

How will you be assessed?

Year 1


  • Fundamentals of IT (Exam)

  • Global information systems (Exam)


Year 2


  • Cyber security (Exam)

Two optional units from the following:

  • Project management (Coursework)

  • Product development (Coursework)

  • Systems analysis and design (Coursework)

  • The internet of everything (Coursework