Computing at St Benedict’s is designed to motivate and engage pupils in developing their awareness of how computers have changed the world that we live in. We provide a curriculum that enables pupils to be creative as well as developing their computational thinking. We encourage pupils to think about the appropriate use of IT in and out of school and stress the importance of using technology safely, responsibly and securely throughout.

What Will You Do - KS3?

In key stage 3, all pupils have one hour of computing per week. The focus of learning is on capability – the appropriate use of IT skills in a given situation. Pupils are encouraged to think about their use of ICT and to consider whether their work is suitable for audience and purpose.

Key stage 3 Scheme of work:

TermYear 7Year 8Year 9
Autumn Using computer safely, effectively and responsibly understanding computersUsing computer safely, effectively and responsibly understanding computers and networks E-safety and system security
Spring SpreadsheetsMultimedia and wed designDatabases
Summer ScratchIntroduction to PythonPython next steps

What Will You Do - KS4?

As IT is such an important part of the world, in key stage 4 we strive to ensure that all pupils leave St Benedict’s with an IT qualification. Pupils can chose from the following options in the tabs below.

What Will You Do - GCSE Applied Business?

Key subject aims

GCSE qualifications in Applied Business are designed to:

  • Actively engage students in the study of business and to develop them as effective and independent learners, and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Allow students to develop and apply their business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • Enable students to appreciate the range of perspectives of different business stakeholders
  • Enable students to consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.

The subject content of this course consists of:

Unit 1 Investigating How Businesses Work 60% of the total GCSE

Internally assessed

The unit contains three topics:

  • What is a business and what do businesses do?
  • How are businesses organised?
  • Why are stakeholders so important?

Unit 2 Financial Records 40% of the total GCSE

Externally assessed

The unit contains four topics:

  • Investigating the flow of financial documents used in business trading
  • Investigating business payment methods and costs
  • Investigating the nature of financial statements in business
  • Investigating the importance of financial statements to business

How will you do it?

This Edexcel GCSE and GCSE (Double Award) in Applied Business qualification requires students to:

  • Actively engage in the study of business to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business activities
  • Consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.
  • This Edexcel GCSE and GCSE (Double Award) in Applied Business provides students with the opportunity to develop the following skills:
  • Practical skills – time management, personal organisation and action planning
  • Presentational skills – addressing audiences using a variety of media and forms
  • Personal skills – showing evidence of progression
  • Interpersonal skills – communication and group work
  • Cognitive skills – reflection and review of own and others’ performances.

What will you achieve?

You will achieve a GCSE qualification with EDEXCEL. The full grade range is available to all students (G to A*).

Homework requirements

Homework will be set every week and will consist of carefully planned activities to make sure all areas of the course are covered effectively. It is not essential to have computer access at home as facilities within school will be available for any set tasks that require a computer.

What Will You Do - GCSE Computer Science?

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this course has been designed with this in mind.

This option provides progression from KS3 by building on the knowledge and skills taught and would benefit pupils that have a specific interest in computing, engineering and science.

J276/01 Computer Systems

1.1 Systems Architecture

1.2 Memory

1.3 Software

1.4 Wired and wireless networks

1.5 Network topologies, protocols and layers

1.6 System security

1.7 System software

1.8 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

J276/02 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

1.1 Algorithms

1.2 Programming techniques

1.3 Producing robust programs

1.4 Computational logic

1.5 Translators and facilities of languages

1.6 Data representation

 

J276/03/04 Programming Project

OCR will issue three assessment tasks at the start of the terminal academic year of assessment. the tasks will provide opportunities for the learners to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills outlined in the specification.

  • Students will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the stated problem then code their solutions in a suitable programming language.
  • The solutions must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem using a suitable test plan with appropriate test data.
  • The code must be suitably annotated to describe the process. Test results should be annotated to show how these relate to the code, the test plan and the original problem.
  • Students will need to provide an evaluation of their solution based on the test evidence.

How will you do it?

The computer science syllabus will be taught using a mixture of practical programming and theoretical based lessons. You will develop skills during this course which will enable you to:

  • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming.
  • Use your knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become an independent and discerning user of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use, and aware of the implications of different technologies.
  • Acquire and apply creative technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts.
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems.
  • Develop the skills to work collaboratively.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of and issues related to the use of computer technology in society.

What will you achieve?

You will achieve a GCSE qualification with OCR. The full grade range is available to all students (1 to 9)

Assessment

J276/01 – Computer Systems (written exam paper ) – 40%

J276/02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming(written exam paper) – 40%

J276/03/04 – Programming Project (non exam assessment) – 20%

Homework requirements

Homework will be set every week and will consist of carefully planned activities to make sure all areas of the course are covered effectively. It is not essential to have computer access at home as facilities within school will be available for any set tasks that require a computer.

What Will You Do - GCSE Business & Communication Systems

This is a broad-based qualification providing a practical introduction to business systems and ICT. It helps candidates gain skills that are useful in further study and in jobs in many different areas, including business administration. Areas of Study

The course contains a balanced spread of content covering:

  • The business environment
  • Business administration
  • The workplace
  • Security of data
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and rewarding staff
  • Communication
  • ICT and business communication
  • The internet and e-commerce

How will you do it?

This is a single option which students study for 2 hours within the school week. Lessons will normally consist of practically based tasks that gradually build the students background knowledge.

Assessment Method

Students are assessed as follows:

Controlled assessment 25%

Practical examination 35%

Written examination 40%

What will you Achieve?

Students will achieve a GCSE in Business and Communication Systems awarded by AQA.

Homework Requirements

Students will be expected to complete 1 hour of homework and/or practical work each week. The homework is often on the more theoretical content of the course.

For further information please contact Mrs K Martin, Head of Computing and Business Department