What we do in Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 students have two lessons per week in the Computing and Business department. The students move around the department on a cycle, spending two half-terms doing Computing and one in Enterprise. They work on a variety of software to learn about standard business software, web authoring, mobile application design and programming.
This course gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming, and the solving of problems. This course benefits the students because it provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. Students are required to complete three units of work. The examined unit consists of 40% of the course and 60% consists of coursework.
The course consists of three units. Unit 1 is based on setting up a business, unit 2 growing a business and unit 3 is a controlled assessment. The course benefits the students because it encourages entrepreneurial skills, financial management, marketing skills and an understanding of how businesses are built. The examined unit consists of 75% of the course and 25% consists of coursework.
The course consists of four units. Unit 1 is based on setting up a business and unit 2 is a finance exam. The second two units are optional depending on the interests of the students: some examples are human resources, marketing and ICT in business. The examined unit consists of 25% of the course and 75% consists of coursework.
Students are assessed in Computing and Business at the end of every half term. Computing is assessed through a programming task or a written examination. Business is assessed through multiple-choice examinations or written examinations.
Staff list and responsibilities
Mr Tyler, Head of Computing
Mr Monaghan, Head of Business Studies
Mr Cross, Teacher of Computing