Secondary > Computing and Business

Computing, IT and Business Welcome

Computing, IT 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, IT and Business Staff

  • Ms A O’Reilly : Learning Director  IT
  • Miss P Colbourne : 2nd in IT
  • Mr M Khan : Pupil Progress Lead and Business, Computing and IT Teacher
  • Mr B Jervis : Computing and IT Teacher
  • Mr A Scott : Head of Secondary and Computing and IT Teacher
  • Mr S Hopkins : ICT Technician

Computing, IT 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, IT and its relevance in their world.

There is active use of themes and scenarios that are up-to-date and the work is intended to encourage and motivate students.  Students functional IT 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:-

  • Digital Literacy
  • Staying Safe Online
  • Computational Thinking
  • System Architecture
  • Data Representation
  • Data Modelling
  • 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.

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 in Enterprise and Marketing

  • RO64 Enterprise and Marketing Concepts
  • RO65 Design a Business Proposal
  • RO66 Market and Pitch a Business Proposal

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 in Create iMedia

  • R081 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

  • Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems (external assessment)
  • Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information (external 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 (internal assessmant)
  • Unit 17 – Responsible Business Practices (internal assessment)

Computing, IT and Business Assessment

Key Task Titles For Each Year

Year 7

  • Digital Literacy
  • System Architecture I
  • Programming I
  • Digital Graphics I
  • Algorithms

Year 8 

  • Programming II
  • Data Modelling I
  • Enterprise
  • Data Representation I
  • System Architecture II
  • Digital Literacy II

Year 9  

  • Programming III
  • Data Modelling II
  • Digital Graphics II
  • Digital Literacy III
Year 10 iMedia
  • Creating Digital Graphics
  • Developing Web Products
Year 11 iMedia
  • Creative Multimedia
  • Pre-Production Skills

Year 10 & 11 Computer Science

  • Computer Systems
  • Computational Thinking

Year 10 & 11 Business

  • Enterprise and Marketing Concepts
  • Design a Business Proposal
  • Market and Pitch a Business Proposal

Year 12 & 13  IT

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Informatiohn
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Website Development

Year 12 & 13 Business

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

Computing, IT 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.