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Computing & Business Department

 

Welcome to Computing and Department at St Augustine's. Computing is studied by all students in school from Year 7 through to Year 11. At St Augustine’s we start our Key Stage 4 study in Year 9, where all students have the opportunity to opt to study, BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology, GCSE Computer Science and GCSE Business as part of the options system in school.

Staff

 

The Computing & Business department is made up of 3 members of staff. Mr Headley, Subject Leader who teaches Key Stage 3 Computing, Key Stage 4 Computing and is the Business teacher in school. Miss Kinsella who teaches Key Stage 3 Computing & Key Stage 4 Computing and Mr Ainsworth who teaches Key Stage 3 Computing, Key Stage 4 Computing and GCSE Computer Science. 

Hardware & Software

 

At St Augustine’s the students within the Computing department have access to a range of exciting new hardware devices and software packages that can be used within lessons and outside lesson time. These include:

 

  • 3 fully equipped specialist Computing rooms

  • A 3D printer

  • A class set of Arduino’s

  • A class set of Raspberry Pi’s

  • BBC Microbit

 

  • TinkerCAD

  • Adobe suite including Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop

  • Sonic Pi

  • Scratch

  • Scratch for Arduino

  • Microsoft Office 2016.

  

Key Stage 3 Computing

 

In Years 7 & 8 all students study a new and up to date course which incorporates all aspects of the government’s new Computing framework which includes Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology.

 

Computer Science: Students will gain first-hand experience of creating and using computer programming and computer coding within lessons to design and create successful computer programs.

 

Digital Literacy: Students will be taught the importance of eSafety and how to use the vast and exciting resource of the internet safely and correctly.

 

Information Technology: Students will have the opportunity to improve existing and learn new skills whilst using Information Technology applications within lessons.

 

Students will have the opportunity to use some exciting new technologies within lessons, these include:

 

  • 3 fully equipped specialist Computing rooms

  • A 3D printer

  • A class set of Arduino’s

  • A class set of Raspberry Pi’s

  • BBC Microbit

 

  • TinkerCAD

  • Adobe suite including Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop

  • Sonic Pi

  • Scratch

  • Scratch for Arduino

  • Microsoft Office 2016.

Key Stage 4 Core Computing

 

In Years 9, 10 & 11 all students study the iDEA programme which is an online platform to enhance digital skills. Students have a timetabled lesson once a fortnight to work towards the Bronze & Silver badges on offer. The iDEA programme was selected to ensure all students have suitable exposure to IT at KS4 and the iDEA programme “equips learners with effective and engaging digital skills and inspire learners in the every evolving digital world.” The iDEA programme is split into different sections (known as badges) which are; Citizen, Worker, Maker & Entrepreneur.

BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology [Option Subject]

 

Course explanation

 

Throughout Years 9, 10 & 11 students will complete the BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology qualification. Students will have 5 lessons a fortnight with one of the specialist members of staff within the department. This qualification looks to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the ever increasing digital world we live in. Students will complete the following 3 core units:

 

  • Component 1:

  • Component 2:

  • Component 3: [Externally assessed exam]

The course is split 60% coursework which is assessed by staff in school, with the remaining 40% (Component 3) being an examined unit of work.

Successful completion of this course will enable students to gain a level 2 qualification in BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology. This could help towards gaining entry to a college of the student’s choice but also onto further and higher education or employment within the Computing industry

  

GCSE Business [Option Subject]

 

At St Augustine’s we follow the Eduqas GCSE Business 9-1 qualification. The course follows a number of key areas and aspects of Business building the students’ knowledge of the subject around areas such as marketing, human resources and finance.

 

As Business is a new subject to students in Year 9, the course starts with students thinking of a business idea and coming up with a concept for their chosen business. Students will go through a series of tasks to come up with a business idea from initial thoughts and ideas through to the finance needed to start the business.

 

Course Content

 

The following areas will be covered throughout Years 9, 10 & 11.

 

Unit 1: Business Activity – Enterprise, Aims & Objectives, Stakeholders, Business Ownership, Goods & Services, Business planning and Business location.

Unit 2: Influences on Business – CAD/CAM, e-commerce, Digital Media, Business ethics, Sustainability, Environmental activity, Tax, International Trade, Multinational Businesses, EU and Consumer Law.

Unit 3: Business operations – Quality, Production methods, Supply chain, Sales process and Customer service.

Unit 4: Finance – Internal & External sources of finance, Revenue, Costs, Profit, Calculate Break-even, cash flow & profit and loss and Analysis of business performance.

Unit 5: Marketing – Market Segmentation, Market research, Marketing mix, USP, Product portfolio, Branding and Product Life Cycle.

Unit 6: Human Resources – Recruitment process, Training, Motivated workforce, Organisation structure and Trade Unions.

 

The GCSE Business course is made up of 2 components which are both assessed by an examination based on the same content.

 

Component 1: Business Dynamics

 

This is a 2 hour exam [100 marks] which is worth 62.5% of the overall qualification. The exam is made up of a mix of short answer and structured questions based on material covering all of the specification content.

 

Component 2: Business Considerations

 

This is a 1 hour 30 minute exam [60 marks] which is worth 37.5% of the overall qualification. The exam is made up of questions based on data provided in the exam which covers all of the specification content.

   

GCSE Computer Science [Option Subject]

 

Course Overview

 

At St Augustine’s we follow the OCR GCSE Computer Science 9-1 qualification.  The course follows a number of key areas and aspects of Computer Science building the students’ knowledge of the subject around areas such as problem solving, networking, the internet as well as designing, creating and testing programs built in lessons.  

 

Students will have the opportunity to use a number of different types of software within lessons to build on their knowledge of computer programming and a number of different hardware devices too. The main programming language that is used within lessons and within the Controlled Assessment is Python.

 

Course Content

 

The course is split into 2 units of work. 2 end of course exams which are worth 100% of the overall grade with the exams being sat in the May / June of year 11.

 

The theory side of the course as outlined above which will be tested in both exams focusses on a number of subject areas, these include:

  • Topic 1: Problem solving

  • Topic 2: Programming

  • Topic 3: Data

  • Topic 4: Computers

  • Topic 5: Communication & the internet

  • Topic 6: The bigger picture