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Computing & Business

 

The Computer Science and Business Studies department is dedicated to providing all students with an understanding of the role that Computer Science and ICT (and Business studies in KS4) play in the modern world.

Computer Science is a very important subject at Madani Girls School as good ICT/Computing skills will serve students well, both in education and beyond. The aim of the department is to make students independent and confident users of ICT and have an understanding of the mechanism of a computer system. On-line safety and using ICT responsibly is emphasised throughout the Computing curriculum. An emphasis is placed on programming from early on that will allow students to become logical thinkers which is an important skill that will assist in learning.

At KS4 Business studies is an essential subject that links well with many other subjects such as science, food technology, computer science, RE, languages and many others. From this year KS4 students have an option to study ECDL to enable them to have the basic ICT skills required for work or future education.

STAFF: Mrs W. Ali (Computing and Business Teacher/Head of Key stage 4)

Key stage 3

Students will be studying a vibrant and engaging range of topics to allow them to develop key skills that they can transfer to other subjects. Topics include:

: Digital Literacy (Word processing, Presentation skills, Spreadsheets, Databases, etc.)

: Programming (using Scratch, Python, Kodu, App development)

: Web Development/Understanding of the www

: E-safety /Web awareness

: Games Development

: Theoretical understanding of Computers (Algorithms, Binary, Hardware/Software, The Internet, etc.)

Key stage 4

Students have the option of studying Computer Science, ECDL or Business at KS4. All subjects open up opportunities for further study at Further Education level.

Business studies (OCR)

The aims of the course is to:

: allow students to gain an insight into related sectors such as economics and accounting

: prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices 

: appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities

Units studied:

: Enterprise and Marketing

: Business and People

: Finance and Production

 

 

Unit   A291

Marketing

and enterprise

Controlled assessment

Approximately 16 hours – 60 marks

25% of the qualification

One of the two controlled   assessment tasks made available by OCR

 

 

 

Unit   A292

Business and people

 Written paper

 1 hour – 60 marks

  25% of the qualification

 Question paper:

 Two short-answer data-response questions

 Candidates answer both questions.

 

 

Unit   A293

Production, finance

and the external

business environment

 

Written paperApproximately 16 hours – 60 marks

1 hour 30 minutes – 90 marks

50% of the qualification

Question paper:

Three questions based on a pre-released case study.

Candidates answer all questions.

 

Computern Science (OCR J276)

The GCSE Computing course has real relevance in our modern world. While students will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, this course will give them in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, students will investigate computer programming, which many students find interesting - a fun and interesting way to develop critical thinking analysis and problem solving skills which can be applied to everyday life.

This course enables students to:

: Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.

: Acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming.

: Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use and be aware of the implications of different technologies.

: Develop computer programs to solve problem and skills to work collaboratively.

: Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society

At present the structure of the computing course units are as follows

 

 

The GCSE Computer Science course has real relevance in our modern world. While students will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, this course will give them in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, students will investigate computer programming, which many students find interesting - a fun and interesting way to develop critical thinking analysis and problem solving skills which can be applied to everyday life.

The course units are:

Computer systems - 1 hour and 30 minutes Written paper – 40 % of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms

and programming- 1 hour and 30 minutes Written paper - 40 % of total GCSE

Programming project- Non-written exam Assessment – 20% of total GCSE

 

How can I help my Son/Daughter?

GCSE Business Studies for OCR (ISBN: 0340983493)

www.teach-ict.com

 

OCR Computer Science for GCSE (ISBN: 910523087) 

Key dates:

GCSE Business Studies – May 2017 (Examination)

GCSE Business Studies Controlled Assessment for Year 11 (September 2016 to November 2016)

Year 11 Mock Examinations - End of November to December 2016

GCSE Computer Science – May 2017 (Examination) for Year 11 and May 2018 (Examination) for Year 10

GCSE Computing Controlled Assessments for Year 11 (September to November 2016) and Mid-January to March 2017.

Computer Science – May/June 2017(Examination)

Computing & Business Curriculum

 
 
 

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