Computing, Business, Economics

The Computing & Business department aims to engage and inspire students whilst equipping computing and ICT skills that will help them to succeed academically. We offer the new computing curriculum at key stage 3 focusing on computational thinking.  At key stage 4 we offer both GCSE Computing and GCSE Business Studies. At key stage 5 we offer Computing and Economics A levels as well as BTEC Diploma in Business Studies.


Year 7:

HT1: Transition and digital literacy

HT2: E Safety and computational thinking

HT3: Introduction to problem solving

HT4: Scratch and Python

HT5: Microbits and block based programming

HT6: Flowol and automation

Year 8:

HT1: Modelling

HT2: E Safety and HTML

HT3: PC Basics

HT4: Python II

HT5: Flowol Subroutines

HT6: Animation

Year 9:

In preparation for GCSE Computer Science students develop their understanding and knowledge of problem solving. They dry run algorithms and learn to use pseudo code to develop their programming skills. They increase the complexity of the programs they can code and develop more efficient solutions to coding problems.

In preparation for GCSE Business Studies students learn the basics of business ownership and liability. They start to understand how businesses are structured and the different functional areas, their roles within an organisation.

Year 10:


OCR & Edexcel

OCR Computing GCSE

Half Term 1: Activity 1 – python skills

Half Term 2: Activity 2 - programming

Half Term 3: Activity 2 – controlled assessment

Half Term 4: Activity 3 – programming controlled assessment

Half Term 5: Activity 4 – research investigation

Half Term 6: Activity 4 – controlled assessment on research investigation

Edexcel GCSE ICT

Half Term 1 – Activity 1, Survey, Logo and Web banner

Half Term 2 – Activity 2, Modelling

Half Term 3 – Activity 2, Modelling and Digital Advert

Half Term 4 – Activity 3, Website

Half Term 5 – Activity 4, Evaluation

Half Term 6 – Activity 4, Final Stages


GCSE Business Studies

External assessment accounts for 75% of the marks and controlled assessment for 25% of the marks.  The coursework portion will be completed during Year 11 and the final exam will happen in May / June of Year 11.

 During the course you will study topics that are directly relevant to the business world and you will learn practical skills that employers are looking for.

 What will I study?


The business framework -  how businesses start and types of business ownership.

Businesses and their customers - how to attract customers through marketing.

Producing goods and services -  how to ensure quality products and prices make a profit.

Human resource planning - how to recruit and motivate the right staff for your business.

The external environment -  how to do business in a changing economic and technological environment.

Business finance and control - how to manage cash flow and understand profit and loss accounts and balance sheets.




Year 11:

A level Computing

Exam Board:


Programme of Study:

HT1 - Practical Investigation - Non Exam Assessment

HT2 - Computer Networking

HT3 - How a computer works, data representation, memory and hardware

HT4 - Dry running algorithms and problem solving

HT5 - Revision

HT6 - Exam

Exam Board:

Edexcel (Legacy)

Programme of Study:

Half Term 1 – Personal Digital Devices and Connectivity

Half Term 2 – Operating Online

Half Term 3 – Online Good and Services, Online Communications and Issues

Half Term 4 – Revision

Half Term 5 – revision

A level Economics

Are you passionate about developing your knowledge of how the economy works? Would you like to know more about how to set up your own business? How do companies market their products? Who comes up with new product ideas and how are they tested?

During your economics A level you will be:

debating economic issues such as inequality, immigration and how we should pay for healthcare

using and interpreting data to analyse economic problems

discussing alternative courses of action

keeping up to date with national and international trends


BTEC Business Studies

Are you passionate about developing your knowledge of how the economy works? Would you like to know more about how to set up your own business? How do companies market their products? Who comes up with new product ideas and how are they tested?

The study of Business Studies at this level will enable you to learn and develop your understanding of accountancy, marketing, human resources, different types of business structure and ownership and the effect of external influences on businesses. All of this will provide an excellent basis for working in the business world. You will also have the opportunity to develop many practical skills, such as teamworking, project management and presenting. This will be a particular focus in our practical units, for example “Managing a Business Event”, “Market Research in Business” and “Creative Product Promotion”