Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Business & Computing

Business & Computing Department

 

Staff

  • Mr S Mort - Curriculum Leader
  • Miss D Lockhart
  • Mrs K Townsend

 

Computers

  • There are three ICT suites in Business & Computing as well as suites in Geography, Science, Technology and the Learning Resource Centre
  • Over 400 computers in school connected via a Windows network.
  • Computer rooms within the Business & Computing Department are open during lunchtime (1.40pm to 2.10pm) and after school for student use – a timetable is displayed on the doors of rooms 33, 35 and 37
  • A pass must be obtained from Mr Mort at break time to use the computer rooms at lunchtime

Lessons

  • In Years 7, 8 and 9, students will follow the Key Stage 3 Curriculum
    • In Year 7, students will be taught Core ICT skills in Desktop Publishing, Word Processing, Presentation skills, File Management, Email and Internet research
  • Each class receives three lessons of Computing over a two week period.
  • In Years 10 and 11, students can opt for extra specialist courses:-
    • GCSE Business
    • GCSE Computer Science
  • There is always 1 computer per student
  • There is a wide range of ICT used across the Curriculum – in all subjects

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year

Topic

7

8

9

1

Orientation

Learn how to navigate the school network and basic IT skills

Computers & Networks

Learn how computers process instructions and data

Python Programming

Learn how to code using a text based language

2

Online Safety

Learn how to become a Digital Citizen

Spreadsheets

Learn how to use a spreadsheet for calculations

Introduction to Business

Learn the basic fundamentals of a business

3

Databases

Learn how to use a database

Flowol

Learn how to design a sequence of events for a given problem

App Development

Learn how to create an app for a smartphone

4

Modelling

Learn how computers are used to for simulating real world events

Databases

Learn how databases are created and use them for big data

Computer Crime & Cyber Security

Learn how to stay safe online

5

Scratch

Learn how to program using a visual language

Websites

Learn how to create a website

Networks

Learn how computers can be connected

6

Core Skills

Learn how to use MS Office applications

Small Basic

Learn how to code using a text based language

Graphics

Learn how to create images using graphic design software

7

History of Computers & Logo Design

Learn where computers came from and how to create a company logo

Algorithms and Micro:bits

Learn how to solve logic problems and create programs

Spreadsheets

Learn how to use a spreadsheet for calculations

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business

Students are studying the Edexcel (2017) specification and the course covers the following topics:

Theme 1:

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Spotting a Business Opportunity

Putting a Business Idea into Practice

Making the Business Effective

Understanding External Influences on Business

Theme 2:

Growing the Business

Making Marketing Decisions

Making Operational Decisions

Making Financial Decisions

Making Human Resource Decisions

 

Assessment is by examination in Year 11

  • Paper 1: Investigating Small Business (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Paper 2: Building a Business (1.5 hours) (50%)

GCSE Computer Science

Students follow the AQA (2016) Specification and the course covers the following topics:

Fundamentals of Algorithms

Programming

Fundamentals of Data Representation

Computer Systems

Fundamentals of Computer Networks

Fundamentals of Cyber Security

Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology on Wider Society including Issues of Privacy

Aspects of Software Development

 

Assessment is by examination in Year 11

  • Paper 1: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving – Written Exam (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Paper 2: Written Assessment – Written Exam (1.5 hours) (50%)
  • Programming Project (20 hours)
  • AQA GCSE Computer Science is a nationally recognised qualification that is supported by Microsoft

Software

Free Internet access for all students via broadband. Secure filtering measures are in place to prevent access to any unsuitable material

Microsoft Office 2016 (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word) are the main programs

Students also have their own school email accounts using Office 365

 

News