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ICT & Business Studies
Department Aims
The aim of the ICT & Business department is to equip the students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in order to prepare them for their future lives whether it be further education or going into the world of work.
Department Ethos
The Department ethos is:

To be the best we can be, to constantly reflect on our activities and to see change as an opportunity, not a threat.
Department Staff
- Mrs C Rixson - Head of Department
- Mrs D Champ - Teacher i/c of Business & Second in Department – Maternity Leave
- Mrs S Routledge-Brown -Teacher of ICT & Business with responsibility for BTEC Business
- Mr B Joshi – Teacher of ICT
- Miss E Natoli – Teacher of ICT
- Mr S Harley – Teacher of Business Studies – Maternity Cover
Out of school activities
G12 is available for students to use at the times below in order for students to complete work in all subject areas. The room is supervised by a member of staff should students require assistance.

Day Before School
7.45am – 8.20am
1.10pm – 1.45pm
After School
3.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday Closed for Meetings
Tuesday Closed for Meetings
Any other information
The Department is a very successful department with 88% of the full 2016 cohort of students achieving a GCSE in ICT (A*-C grades).

At AS Level 100% of Business and 88% of ICT students achieved A-E grades.
At A2 100% of Business and ICT students achieved A-D grades.

All students are expected to bring the following equipment to lessons:

- Pen (Blue/Black, Red and Green)
- Pencil
- Ruler
- Rubber

Homework is set as and when required but tends to be every week. Failure to complete homework by the deadline will result in a detention of up to 15 minutes and the homework handed in the following day.
ICT & Computing Curriculum Overview - From September 2016
Key Stage 3 Years 7 and 8
In Key Stage 3, the Department teaches Computer Science to Year 7 and Year 8 students.

The department aims to ensure that students learn ICT skills and knowledge that will support their future GCSEs and result in valuable life skills.Students are assessed through assessments at the end of each module taught.
All students receive 1 x 60 minute lesson of Computer Science each week, during which each student has access to an individual computer for the duration of the lesson.
Year 7 Computer Science
- Introduction to ICT & Computing at Shirley
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Use basic file management techniques to create folders, save, copy, move, rename and delete files and folders and make backup copies of files
• Recognise extensions for common file types such as .doc or .docx, .ppt, .jpg etc
• Keep their files in well organised and appropriately named folders
• Explain what constitutes a “strong” password for an online account
• Describe a code of conduct
• List some of the dangers and drawbacks of social networking sites
• List some possible responses to cyberbullying
• Send and reply to emails, send attachments
• Use a search engine to find information

- Control Systems with FLOWOL
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Identify everyday situations where computer control is used
• Identify common types of sensors used by control systems
• Identify control flowchart symbols and understand how they are used to break down problems
• Produce flowchart-based solutions for control systems that include sequences and loops

- Graphics
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Explain that bitmap images are made up of individual pixels
• Explain that in the case of a vector graphic, properties such as position, fill, stroke colour and dimensions are stored
• Create and manipulate a simple group of objects to form a logo design
• Change the saturation, brightness and contrast in an image
• Add text to a graphic
• Use a graphics package to create an artwork; for example, a movie poster

HTML and website Development
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Write HTML code to create a simple web page and display it in a browser
• Write CSS to define the styles used in a web page
• Create a simple navigation system using HTML
• Use a design to create a template for a web page using HTML
• Create their own multi-page website
• Insert text, images and links on their web pages

Introduction to basic programming
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Run simple Python programs in Interactive and Script mode
• Write pseudocode to outline the steps in an algorithm prior to coding
• Write programs using different types of data (e.g. strings and integers)
• Correctly use different variable types (e.g. integer and floating point), assignment statements, arithmetic operators
• Distinguish between syntax and logic errors and be able to find and correct both types of error
• Use relational operators to control the order in which program statements are executed and in what order (if and while statements)
• Use comments to document their programs and explain how they work

Year 8 Computer Science
Computer Crime and Cyber Security
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Name the major Acts concerning computer use
• Describe briefly some of the dangers of putting personal data on social networking sites
• Describe briefly ways of protecting online identity and how to report concerns
• Identify some of the signs of fraudulent emails and respond appropriately
• Adhere to Copyright Law when using written text, downloading music etc.
• List some of the Health and Safety hazards associated with computer use
• Describe how to safely dispose of an old computer

Understanding Computers
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Distinguish between hardware and software
• Give examples of computer hardware and software
• Draw a block diagram showing CPU, input, output and storage devices
• Name different types of permanent storage device
• Suggest appropriate input and output devices for a simple scenario
• Explain what RAM and ROM are used for
• Show how numbers and text can be represented in binary
• Explain the impact of future technologies

Sound Editing In Audacity
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Explain how sound is digitized
• Use input and output devices to record and play sounds
• Select suitable materials for a project
• Use basic editing techniques to produce a sound file
• Work collaboratively to give and receive feedback on work done by others
• Most pupils will be able to:
• Select appropriate material for a specific audience
• Combine speech, music and sound effects from different sources into one end product
• Use more sophisticated editing techniques
• Explain how their product meets the given brief
• Some pupils will be able to:
• Plan and create a project with the minimum of assistance
• Include a range of suitable techniques and effects to produce an effective product that meets specification

Further Programming in Python
- At the end of this Unit all pupils should be able to:
• Use data types correctly and convert between them when necessary
• Write programs that use a loop to repeat a section of code
• Write programs that use lists (known as ‘arrays’ in some languages)
• Create and call a function or procedure
• Find and debug syntax errors
• Look at a given section of code and describe its function

Key Stage 4 Information
The Department offers students the opportunity to study for four separate GCSE courses: ICT (Edexcel), Computer Science (WJEC), Business Studies (AQA) and the BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (the latter being taught to all students in Years 10 & 11).

The ICT GCSE course is 60% coursework and a 40% external exam sat in the May of Year 11.

The Business Studies course is 25% controlled assessment (completed in Year 11) and 75% external exam sat in the May of Year 11.

The Computer Science course is 20% controlled assessment (completed in later part of Year 10/early Year 11) 30% externally assess tasks (completed in Year 11) and 50% external exam sat in May of Year 11.

In Key Stage 4 all students who opt to study the GCSE in ICT, Computer Science or Business Studies receive 5 X 60 minute lessons in each subject over a two week period.

The GCSE ICT course consists of two units:

Unit 1:Living in the Digital World
In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features. This is worth 40% of the final grade.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
This is apractical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
The unit is internally assessed. Edexcel produce a Controlled Assessment Brief which can be completed at any time during the course but only in school. It is internally marked and externally moderated. The practical unit is worth 60% of the final mark.
Outline of topics/work covered, however individual teachers may change order of activities.
Year 10
Chapter 1 continued: Laptops v Desktops
Social Networking
Security Threats from the Internet
Introduction to GCSE Coursework - Unit 2 (research)
Chapter 2 - On the Move
Judging reliability of websites and accuracy of data
Biometric methods of identification

- GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Complete Activity 1
WiFi Hotspots
Cloud Computing

- GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Start Activity 2 (research)
Introduce Chapter 3 - Entertain me - what to buy?

Year 11
GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Complete Activity 2 and Introduce Activity 3
Chapter 3 - completed
GCSE Coursework - Unit 2
Activity 4
Chapter 4 & 5

BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (GCSE Equivalent)

This course is taught to all Year 10 and 11 students. The ECDL certificate is an internationally recognised Qualification designed to meet the criteria set out by the Department for Education and will count towards a student's 5 A*-C grades. Of equal importance is the fact that it will equip students with the basic skills that are essential to their success in our technology-dependent society.
Through this course, students will demonstrate their digital literacy skills through 4 timed online tests taken during the year.

Topic/Test 1: Presentation Software
Students develop the skills to produce high-quality presentations, using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.

Topic/Test 2: Word Processing
Students develop the ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge.

Topic/Test 3: Spreadsheet Software
Students develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data, formulae (basic and advanced) and formatting worksheets, to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.

Topic/Test 4: Improving Productivity using IT
Students develop the skills and knowledge to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

Computer Science GCSE
Computer Science offers students the opportunity to:

  • Gain a real understanding of the way computers work inside;

  • Create computer programs that could be used for real-life purposes.
  • At the moment students are assessed via 3 units:

  • Unit 1: Written Exam Paper – 1 ½ hours in length and externally marked by exam board - 50%

  • Unit 2: Series of short tasks solving problems using computers - 2 hours in length and externally marked by exam board - 30%

  • Unit 3: Controlled Assessment – 20 hours (max) in length whereby students develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief issued by exam board - 20%

  • GCSE Topic Overview:

    Year 9
    Computer Systems - Inputs, Outputs, Storage (memory etc), Processes (CPU)
    Computational Thinking and Programming
    How data is represented in a computer (inc converting Denary to binary and hexadecimal and vice versa)
    Data Representation & Data Types
    Computer Software
    Functions of Operating Systems

    Year 10
    Preparation for practical investigation (Unit 3 project)
    Different types of networks
    Internet & Communications (html programming, compression, encryption etc)
    Complete Unit 3 project
    Ethical, Social & Legal Aspects, Data Structures and Organisation of Data

    Year 11
    Introduce and complete Unit 3 project
    Revisiting practical investigation work bearing in mind exam board report PLUS Security and Data Management
    Revisiting weak areas (identified by mock etc)/preparing for Unit 2 exam
    Revision for Units 1 & 2 exams
    Business Studies GCSE
    Business Studies offers students the opportunity to actively engage in the study of business and to develop as effective and independent learners. It also aids them in becoming critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. The course will also focus on improving key skills such as communication, application of number, ICT, problem solving and working with others.

    Assessment Objectives
    The pupils will be assessed on their ability to

  • Recall, select and communicate knowledge.

  • Apply knowledge in different contexts, plan and carry out investigations.

  • Analyse and evaluate evidence and make reasoned judgements.

  • Assessment Methods
    Current students in Year 10 & Year 11 focus on the three components of the current course:
    1. Unit 1 - SETTING UP A BUSINESS – written examination (1 hour, 40% of marks)
    2. Unit 2 - GROWING AS A BUSINESS – written examination (1 hour, 35% of marks)
    3. Unit 3 - INVESTIGATING BUSINESSES – controlled assessment (25% of marks)

    Year 9 students are studying the new AQA specification to meet the changing requirements in Business for first assessment in June 2019. The new linear specification covers similar subject content to the previous one, however the method of assessment has changed. The controlled assessment element has been removed and students will sit two exams (50% of GCSE each) at the end of Year 11 which assess all of the content of the course.

    GCSE Topic Overview

    Year 9
    Business in the real world
    Influences on business
    Business operations
    Human resources

    Year 10
    Unit 2: Methods of Expansion
    Unit 2: Marketing Mix
    Unit 2: HR
    Unit 2: Finance

    Year 11
    Unit 3: Controlled Assessment
    Unit 2: Operations Management
    Unit 1 & Unit 2 Revision
    Unit 1 Exam 24th May 2017 tbc
    Unit 2 Exam 9th June 2017 tbc

    Key Stage 5 Information
    The Department offer the WJEC ICT and the AQA Business Studies AS and A-Level courses as well as the Edexcel BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma.

    In Key Stage 5 all students who opt to study the AS/A2 Level in ICT or Business Studies receives 8 X 60 minute lessons in each subject over a 2 week period. Those students who opt to study the BTEC Business course receive 24 x 60 minute lessons over a 2 week period.

    Additional lessons are organised in order to support students with their studies.
    In all three Level 3 courses, ICT and Business, it is vital that students engage in the reading of articles detailing ICT and Business developments respectively in our everyday lives to enhance their understanding of the theoretical aspects they study in class.

    ICT AS & A2

    In both the AS and A2 courses, students study the management and communication of information within and between organisations. The fundamentals of data and information flows are studied before exploring the methods of analysing information systems within organisations and developing computer–based solutions.

    A-Level Topic Overview

    Year 12 ICT (AS)
    Data, Information and Knowledge
    Spreadsheet Techniques
    Spreadsheet Coursework produced
    The value and importance of information
    Quality of information
    Unit 2 Coursework (Background, Design and Task 1 - newsletter/leaflet)
    Uses of ICT - Business Uses, Health, Education, Home, Shopping
    Unit 2 Coursework (Task 2 - mail merge)
    Unit 2 Coursework (Task 3 - website)
    Presenting Information - Formats, media and audience
    Database Systems
    4.1.8 Networks - Networks and standalone computers
    Unit 2 Coursework (Data Compression & Evaluation)
    Networks - The Internet, Intranet and Extranet
    Social Issues - Health and safety
    Social Issues - Legislation
    Social Issues - Acceptable usage
    Human Computer Interface (HCI)
    ICT1 Exam Preparation/Revision
    After AS Exam students embark on the A2 course studying:Network and Relational Databases

    Year 13 ICT (A2)
    Preparing for the Unit 4 Coursework on Databases
    Human Computer Interfaces
    System Development Life Cycle
    Relational Database Coursework (User Requirements, Design, Implementation and Testing)
    The Internet
    Working with ICT Telecommuting, Codes of Conduct
    Relational Database Coursework - User Documentation
    Relational Database Coursework - Evaluation
    ICT Security Policies
    Management of Change
    Management of Change (cont)
    Management Information Systems
    ICT3 Exam Preparation/Revision

    Method of Assessment

    Unit Assessment As A2
    1 Information Systems - 2¼ hour written exam (May) 60% 30%
    2 Presenting Information Coursework (May) 40% 20%
    3 The Use of ICT in the Digital World. Use and Impact of ICT - 2¼ hour written exam (May) 30%
    4 Relational Database Project (May) 20%

    This ICT course will be examined for the last time in June 2018. The department are looking to introduce A-Level Computer Science as of September 2017.


    The department delivers the AQA AS and A-Level in Business.

    AQA A-Level Business (New Linear Spec, first assessment As: 2016, A2: 2017)
    Course Description
    The A-Level course contains three components; the As Level course contains the first two of the three, each component is an externally assessed written examination.

    As Assessment:

    Unit Assessment As
    1 Business 1 - 3 sections - 1 ½hrs 50%
    2 Business 2 - Case Study - 1 ½hrs 50%
    A2 Assessment

    Unit Assessment As
    1 Business 1 - 3 sections - 2 hrs 33.33%
    2 Business 2 - Data Response - 2hrs 33.33%
    3 Business 3 - Case Study - 2hrs 33.33%

    Overview of AQA A-Level Business Topics - Year 1

    3.1 What is business?
    3.2 Managers, leadership and decision making
    3.3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

    3.3 Decision making to improve marketing performance
    3.4 Decision making to improve operational performance
    3.5 Decision making to improve marketing performance

    3.6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

    BTEC BUSINESS LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)
    This is a two year course in Business and is the equivalent of three A-Levels, and will prepare students for employment or for entry into university.
    The course allows students to develop practical skills and theoretical understanding of the world of business and complete projects investigating topics such as marketing, financial analysis, website design and retail strategies. At the end of the course, successful students will have a good knowledge of the wide world of business and a practical skill set that will prepare them for the next stage in their business career.
    During the course students will develop their group work, IT and presentation skills. The units they will study include elements of accounting, marketing, human resource management and website design.

    Method of Assessment

    Students must complete four mandatory units plus a further 14 optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits.
    This course is currently 100% coursework and students are assessed in a variety of ways including presentations, role plays and time-limited exercises.

    BTEC Overview of Topics

    YEAR 12
    19. Developing Teams in Business
    37. Understanding Business ethics
    3. Introduction to Marketing
    36. Starting a Small Business (AUTUMN & SPRING)
    9. Creative Product Promotion (AUTUMN & SPRING)

    12. Internet Marketing
    1. The Business Environment

    13. Recruitment and Selection in Business
    4. Business Communication
    2. Business Resources

    YEAR 13
    16. Human Resource Management in Business
    18. Managing an Event
    15. Development Planning For a career in Business
    38. Business and the Economic Environment
    10. Market research in Business

    17. Training in Business Workspace
    5. Introduction to Accounting

    14. Aspects of Employment Law

    Performing Arts
    Child Development
    Food Technology
    ICT & Business
    Work Related Learning
    Design Technology
    Media Studies
    Modern Foreign Languages


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