Exam Results

Summer 2017 Exam results will be available for collection on the following dates:

A level                     Thursday 17th August 2017           7.30am until 11am in the 6th form area

GCSE                     Thursday 24th August 2017           10am until 1pm in the canteen.

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:

GCSE Computer Science

The present scheme is assessed through one external examination and one controlled assessment. 

External assessment accounts for 80% of the marks and controlled assessment for 20% 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 computer science including learning to code in Python.

What will I study?

Programming - You will be taught at least one programming language and will use it creatively.

Algorithms - You will learn how to break down complex tasks into simple sets of instructions 

Data - how it is handled and stored and what it can be used for

Hardware - how computers and networks are made up and how they communicate.

Basic concepts of software engineering - the product development lifecycle, prototyping and application testing.

                                     

 

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

The computing course encompasses key skills and will teach you both hardware and software aspects of Computing along with an understanding of the underlying principles of Computer Science. This will include learning how to program in a range of programming languages and use of different software packages.

This course is excellent preparation for degree-level Computing courses and provides valuable skills, such as abstract thinking, problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, needed for success in Science and Maths.

Students can go onto study Computer Science at university, progress to other qualifications, including Apprenticeships in IT or Computing, or gained employment in other computer-related disciplines.

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”