ICT, Computer Science & Business Studies is taught by

Ms A A Patel CTL
Ms I Patel ICT Teacher & T&L Coach
Ms S Bashir ICT Teacher
Mr R Patel ICT Teacher
Mr M Ahmad ICT Teacher & Head of Year

Key Stage 3

We combine units to create a foundation to build upon and introduce students to digital literacy, computer science and digital creative media.

Curriculum content and aims

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. (Computing Programmes of study for Key Stages 1-4)

Year 7

Students will study the following in year 7:

  • E- Safety & Using computers safely & effectively - Staying safe online, online dangers, online communication methods. File management, backup, using email, social networking, searching the web effectively using advanced techniques.
  • Scratch- Algorithms: Use block programming to create a range of different applications from games to stories.
  • Flowol - Use control software to create control programs to control simulations & mimics such as barrier controls, lifts, fair rides, greenhouse, alarm, robotics, production, hydraulic arm etc. To understand and create flowcharts & pseudocode for the programs they intend to create.
  • Microbit coding: Students use the MakeCode editor and python editor on the microbit website to program the micro:bit with blocks and JavaScript and ready-made snippets in python. . 
  • Spreadsheet modelling: To use formulas & functions to create & interrogate spreadsheet, to represent data using graphs. To carry out what if queries and forecasting.

Year 8

Students will study the following in Year 8:

  • Understanding computers: Hardware & Software - Students will learn the basics of how computers operate. Input, output, storage, CPU, Binary, convergence, new technologies.
  • Computer crime: - Students go through theory to understand email scams, hacking, protecting personal data, copyright, health & safety and all the laws and legislations related to IT usage at home and in the workplace.
  • Databases: Use data handling software to for record handling, apply validation methods, and create user-friendly forms, complex queries, switchboards and professional reports for a variety of different real life scenarios. To understand relational databases, relationships and purpose of dbms.
  • HTML/web design - Create a website suitable for a company with a range of features using html and WIMP software (Dreamweaver).
  • Python/Code academy: Learn text based programming and concepts. Apply knowledge & skills to given scenarios in a test environment.
  • Animation - Students will create a fully functional flash animation using a range of suitable software.
  • Photoshop - Students will use Photoshop to create a game cover for a computer game. Use Photoshop to create characters and objects to incorporate into the videos that will be edited.

How are they assessed?

  • Year 7 and 8 are assessed and receive their feedback on Google classroom. They have a range of formative feedback with a summative assessment at the end of the project where they are given a status from Beginner, Developer, Skilled or Expert.
  • Students also receive voice comments on google class.
  • Assessment is also through online Doddle tests, in class leaderboards, Google form test and lesson live monitoring which is recorded. 


How parents/carers can support their child

Parents can:

  • Ensure that the student has completed the homework set via SMHK or google classroom.
  • Parents/Guardians can check teacher comments on google classroom and track student progress. Parents /guardians are then encouraged to talk to their about their child about their progress in lessons/with homework.
  • When your child is using the computer, parents/guardians need to monitor/watch the websites their child goes on by ensuring they do their homework in a common area in the home. The homework set will only require students to access the sites listed below if any other site is required to be used then it will be listed in their homework. Students WILL NOT be asked/need to go on any social networking sites.


Courses offered:

GCSE Computer Science

  • Students are given tasks based on planning, research, analysis, design or evaluation aspects of the topic they are studying as all creating digital products/coding/testing is carried out in class
  • Computational thinking as its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence
  • Applying the academic principles they learn in the classroom to real-world systems in an exciting and engaging way

Giving students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

  • If homework tasks are not completed properly then the student's understanding and quality of their classwork will suffer, so it is vital they complete homework tasks.  Where homework is missing their final grade for the project/topic will be lower. 

Assessment overview

  • GCSE (9–1) Computer Science is now assessed through two written examinations.
  • Each exam is worth 50%.
  • 9-1 grade awarded

Paper 1 - Computer systems 

  • 80 marks 
  • 1 hour 30 mins : duration
  • 50% weighting 

Paper 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)

  • 80 marks 
  • 1 hour 30 mins : duration
  • 50% weighting 

Component 01: Computer systems

Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators.
Reference : www.ocr.org.uk

GCSE Business Studies

Assessment overview

Paper 1: Business activity, marketing and people

  • 80 Marks
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Weighting: 50%

Paper 2: Operations, finance and influences on business

  • 80 marks
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Weighting: 50%

Content overview

Business 01: Business activity, marketing and people

To study business concepts and issues concerning the activities of a business. They discover the purpose and role of a business from spotting an opportunity through to the growth of an established business. They also look at the role of marketing and human resources.

Business 02: Operations, finance and influences on business

To study the role of operations and finance in business activity. Operations include production processes, quality of goods and services, customer service, and working with suppliers. Finance covers its role, its sources, costs, profit and loss, cash and cash flow.

They explore how business responds to external influences, such as ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation, and the interdependent nature of business

CS & BS Home learning & assessment

All students are expected to revise from the websites listed below and using the given textbook every week for which tests are set online. Students are also given research and design tasks as homework.

Doddle set tasks on website - revision and tests

Stickers in books which outline test results and assessment results

End of unit written tests and mock exams

Feedback on Google classroom.

How parents/carers can support their child

  • Check the student is revising using Doddle.com
  • Ensure the student checks and reads the technology/business section on the BBC website and stays up to date with IT developments.
  • Ensure the student is answering questions from the textbook, check answers.
  • Time students when they are completing past exam papers.
  • Talk to them about their progress in ICT/Computing.

Possible careers include

  • 3D Animator or Graphic designer
  • Programmer or software developer
  • Computer games developer
  • Creative producers, production managers, technical directors
  • Nano-medic
  • E-learning developer
  • Information scientist
  • IT security coordinator
  • Operational researcher
  • Technical architect                                                  many many more……
  • Engineer
  • Aircraft pilot
  • Computer service and repair technician/IT support technician
  • Database administrator
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • IT project manager
  • Network engineer/manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Cloud Computing Engineers. ...
  • Computer Network Specialists. ...
  • Computer Support Specialist. ...
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Senior Network Architect
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Senior Network System Administrator
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Security Specialist
  • Senior Security Specialist
  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Front End Developer
  • Senior Web Administrator
  • Senior Web Developer
  • Web Administrator
  • Web Developer

Useful websites

Click on the titles and keywords below to find relevant website.


http://www.ictworkout.co.uk/ find out username & password from teacher

https://erevision.uk/ - CS - username & password issued by teachttps://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/loginher


Computing links

Check for other links on ICT page on school website/departments – scroll all the way down.

Business studies links

Businessed: https://www.businessed.co.uk/index.php/home/theory/gcse/ocr-gcse-9-1-public
Business insider youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcyq283he07B7_KUX07mmtA
https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoTeachers/playlists Business playlist
https://www.youtube.com/c/BizConSeshGCSEBusiness91/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=4 - Bizconsesh - GCSE Business
https://www.brainscape.com/packs/business-gcse-ocr-9-1-12111800 Flashcards

ICT CS & BS Links

KS3 computer science :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zvc9q6f
KS3 ICT :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z8mtsbk
KS4 Computer science :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z34k7ty
KS4 Business studies:- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82
Wired magazine – Monthly magazine on the global impact of new technology. https://www.wired.co.uk/topic/technology
Tech insider/ Business insider youtube
https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoTeachers/playlists Business playlist
https://www.youtube.com/c/BizConSeshGCSEBusiness91/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=4 - Bizconsesh - GCSE Business
https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub - practice coding
Computerphile youtube channel – Explore the inner working of computers
https://www.o2learn.co.uk... Select ICT
https://www.connectsafely.org/ - Resources to help users understand & manage the risk of new technology
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - NSPCC guide for social media including searchable database
NHS cyberbullying- https://modalitypartnership.nhs.uk/self-help/livewell/topics/bullying/cyberbullying
Parenting for a digital future: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/
Wikibooks –computers for beginners: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computers_for_Beginners
BBC Click- topical reports on technology: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m9ry
BBC Make it digital – Fun projects and articles on technology: https://www.bbc.co.uk/makeitdigital
Tynker- Introduction to programming:  https://www.tynker.com/school/coding-curriculum/programming-101
Khan academy- algorithms , Internet 101,  cryptography: https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science/cryptography
The logic lab- explore logic gates by creating interactive circuits
Studio code- binary game : https://studio.code.org/projects/applab/iukLbcDnzqgoxuu810unLw
Codeacademy- interactive tutorials to learn programming languages such as python, java, html & CSS.
W3schools- tutorials to code websites: https://www.w3schools.com/
Computerscience.org Women in computer science: https://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/
IEEE spectrum - articles, blogs & videos about cutting edge technoloy:  https://spectrum.ieee.org/


Name of person who parents can contact if they need more information about the syllabus: Ms A Patel or any other IT, CS or BS teacher.  

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