ICT, Business & Computer Science

DEEP Curriculum Overview

Pupils will study a variety of topics to develop their understanding, knowledge and skills in Computer Science in line with our DEEP curriculum.  In Year 7, pupils study hardware and software components; learn to create algorithms; start to develop their programming skills in HTML and use block coding software such as Scratch.  They will create an APP and develop their own graphics.  Finally, we start to develop their understanding and skills with Spreadsheets.

In Year 8, pupils develop their understanding of the different internal hardware components used in a computing device. Pupils have an introduction to binary coding.  To extend their understanding and skills in creating digital media, pupils will learn to plan for and create digital animations, sounds and/or music then incorporate their creations into a three page website they will create.  Finally, pupils examine creating and using databases.

ICT, (Edexcel Digital Information Technology), is designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics, animations and interactive multimedia products. The course gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment, including developing their key skills, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data.  Pupils will learn to use a wide range of application software programs.

The course also teaches pupils the processes that underpin effective ways of working needed in project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct. Pupils will also develop a knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.

BTEC Business Enterprise (Edexcel) encourages pupils to explore what it means to set up and run a business enterprise, as well as develop key skills and gain an insight into the business sector.  Pupils will learn the characteristics of successful enterprises; explore how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs; understand competitor behaviour; investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise and apply what they have learnt in undertaking research and make decisions about the success of SMEs.

Pupils have the opportunity to explore ideas, plan, pitch, operate and review a micro enterprise activity.  Pupils will also develop knowledge and understanding of elements of promotion and financial records; learn skills to interpret and use promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise; make connections between different factors influencing a given enterprise, provide recommendations to a given enterprise on ways to improve its performance.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

Pupils follow a 7-week rotation programme then study Technology in the remaining weeks. This includes: Week one and two Hardware, Software and Flowcharts. Weeks three and four programming in HTML and Scratch; Weeks five and six Graphics and Creating an APP. Week seven Spreadsheets.

Year 8

In year 8, pupils follow a 7-week rotation and in their remaining weeks follow a Technology programme. Week one pupils study different hardware components used in a computer and Binary; Weeks two and three, pupils study Animation and Sound. In weeks four and five, Website Creation is studied and in weeks six and seven, pupils learn about Databases.

Year 9

The Online World and Creating a Digital Portfolio

Data Handling with Spreadsheets and Databases

Creating a range of digital media

Years 10 & 11 Business

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business

Business – Exploring Enterprises

Business – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

Business – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

Business – Unit 2 and Unit 3

Business – Unit 2 and Unit 6

Business – Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 6

Years 10 & 11 ICT

Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications

ICT – The Online World

ICT – A Digital Portfolio

ICT – A Digital Portfolio and The Online World

ICT CIDA – Digital Media project and revision for examination

ICT CIDA – Digital Media project and revision for examination

ICT CIDA – Digital Media project and revision for examination