Secondary > Computing and Business

Computing and Business Welcome

Computing, ICT and Business is an ambitious, high achieving department that is aiming to provide a diverse, technological experience to students. This is intended to engage students in their specialist area around the subject.

Academic achievement is expected but equally as important are the skills that students are taught and the understanding they gain of the concepts involved in technological advancement.

Computing, ICT and Business studies aims to provide every student with the necessary skills and techniques to enable them fulfil their potential in the subject.

Our motto is to ensure that, by the end of Year 9, the majority of students at The Bemrose School should have achieved a 1.3 in Computing.

Every student at The Bemrose School studies Computing as a core subject up to the end of year 9. Students can opt to pursue further studies in Computing, ICT and/or also Business Studies. For students opting for Computing and Business Studies, we aim for higher grades from 4.1 to 8.3.

Computing, ICT and Business News

 The BTEC Business first Award will not be available from September 2019 as we will be moving onto the BTEC TECH Award in Enterprise.

The CIDA Course will not be available from September 2019 as we will be moving on to the Cambridge Nationals in Create iMedia.

Computing, ICT and Business Staff

  • A. O’Reilly – Learning Director
  • P. Colbourne – 2nd in Area
  • M. Khan – Pupil Progress Leader and Business Teacher
  • C. Potts – Computing Teacher
  • B. Jervis – Computing Teacher
  • H Coyle – Computing Teacher

Computing, ICT and Business Course Outline

Key Stage 3 

Students receive 3 lessons every two weeks.  Skills are taught that impact on students’ knowledge of Computer Science, ICT and its relevance in their world.

There is active use of themes and scenarios that are up-to-date and the work is intede to encourage and motivate students.  Students functional ICT skills are intended to be improved by use of the resources as well as their ability to problem solve, use higher order thinking skills, teamwork and communicate effectively using a variety of formats.

Students can expect to be learning anything from:-

  • Staying safe online
  • Computational thinking
  • Computer hardware & software
  • Data representation
  • Spreadsheets. Databases
  • Website design
  • Digital Graphics
  • Programming

Key Stage 4 Options

GCSE in Computer Science

This is for students who opted for OCR’s GCSE Computer Science.  Students achieve a GCSE in Computer Science at the end of year 11.

  • Unit 01 – Computer Systems
    • Externally Examined Unit
  • Unit 02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
    • Externally examined unit.

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise

  • Component 1 Exploring Enterprises.
  • Component 2 Planning for and Pitching on Enterprise.
  • Component 3 Promotion and Finance for Enterprise.

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 in Create iMedia

  • RO81 Pre Production Skills
  • RO82 Creating Digital Graphics
  • RO85 Creating a Multipage Website
  • RO86 Creating a Digital Animation

Key Stage 5 Options

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Techhnology

Year 12 & 13

  • Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems (external assessment)
  • Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information (exterhnal assessment)
  • Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business (internal assessment)
  • Unit 6 – Website Development (Internal assessment)

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business

Year 12 & 13

  • Unit 1 – The Business Environment (external assessment – exam)
  • Unit 2 – Working in Business (external assessment – exam)
  • Unit 4 – Customers and Communication (internal assessment)
  • Unit 5 – Marketing and Market Research
  • Unit 17 – Responsible Business Practices

Computing, ICT and Business Assessment

Key Task Titles For Each Year

Year 7

  • Digital Literacy
  • Computer Hardware & Software
  • Computational thinking
  • Digital Graphics
  • Staying Safe Online

Year 8 

  • Digital Literacy
  • Operating Systems
  • Binary
  • Programming
  • Spreadsheets

Year 9  

  • Website Design
  • Encryption/Decryption
  • Programming
  • Databases
  • Data Representation
Year 10
  • Pre Production Skills
  • Creating Digital Graphics
Year 11
  • Developing Web Products
  • Creative Multimedia

Year 10 & 11 Computer Science

  • Computer Systems
  • Computational Thinking
  • Programming Project

Year 10 Business

  • Exploring Enterprises
  • Planning for Ad Pitching on Enterprise
Year 11 Business
  • Enterprise in the Business World
  • Finance for Business
  • Promoting a Brand
  • Principles of Customer Service

Year 12 & 13  IT

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Informatiohn
  • Using Social Media in Business (Internal assessment)
  • Website Development (Internal assessment)

Year 12 & 13 Business

  • The Business Environment
  • Working in Business
  • Customers and Communication
  • Marketing and Market Research
  • Responsible Business Practices

Computing, ICT and Business Extra – Work

Useful websites

Extra Curricular Activities

  • ICT rooms are open every break time between 10.50am and 11.10am for homework club for students.
  • Students can also access computers after school to catch up on or improve coursework.