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The King's School

The King's School Founded 1545

Achievement for All

Business, IT/Computing and Vocational Education

Mrs C Dunford
Head of Business and ICT
The department is a very creative and dynamic environment with every teacher able to communicate their passion for their subjects. The department consists of four very experienced members of staff who work closely as a team. Business Studies has two dedicated classrooms with 52 laptops. The IT/computer Science teaching is based across four dedicated classrooms, each with 32 computers and two having air-conditioning. The department covers many courses across different exam boards and grading criteria. We offer Business, IT and Computer Science courses at both GCSE and A level.  We also have vocational links with both Exeter College and Bicton College where courses are available.

At KS3 groups are taught both ICT and computer science in fully mixed ability classrooms, allowing students to make an informed decision at the end of Year 9 for options. At KS4, they can choose the GCSE OCR Computer Science course or the more creative Tech Award in Digital Information Technology. Year 11 are following the Edexcel Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) course. In the sixth form, at KS5, we offer the BTEC National Information Technology with a view to offering A level Computer Science in the near future. In the sixth form, as part of the enrichment activities we also run a Digital Enterprise Award.

Business is an option for GCSE where we deliver the Edexcel specification. This is followed through into the A level Edexcel Business course. We have also offered the Edexcel A level Economics course, although this course is not currently running. Students can attend a Business Enterprise Day in Year 9 as well as taking part in ‘The Pepsi Challenge’ to enhance their understanding of what the business course is all about.

Business, IT and Computer Science are popular and successful subjects at The King’s School with good uptake at both Key Stage 4 and 5.  Lunchtime clubs include homework sessions and also Raspberry Pi Club, Microbit and Bit Bots Club and the Computing Club. These clubs are very popular; students are encouraged to lead the sessions to develop their leadership skills. We also offer many trips and visits as part of the curriculum enrichment to broaden students understanding and underpin the learning in the classroom.

Course Summary

KS3 (YEARS 7-9)  IT/COMPUTER SCIENCE

Logins, passwords, files and folders. Email Systems. Read and Write Gold. Online Safety and developing awareness of online dangers such as phishing, grooming, and fraud. Fake websites. Copyright.

DTP skills. Presenting information. Creating Animations. Phot editing skills. Spreadsheet Modelling. Databases. Building websites and HTML coding. Computing pioneers. Scratch Programming. Small Basic Programming. Coding with Python. Microbits and Bit Bots. App builder.

KS4 (YEARS 10-11)

GCSE (9-1) BUSINESS

  • Theme 1 Investigating small business - Enterprise and entrepreneurship; Spotting a business opportunity; Putting a business idea into practice; Making the business effective; Understanding external influences on business.
  • Theme 2 Building a business - Growing the business; Making marketing decisions; Making product decisions; Making financial decisions; Making human resource decisions.

GCSE (9-1) COMPUTING J276 OCR

  • Computer systems (exam) - Systems Architecture; Memory; Storage; Wired and wireless networks; Network topologies, protocols and layers; System security; System software; Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (exam) – Algorithms; Programming techniques; Producing robust programs; Computational logic; Translators and facilities of
  • Languages; Data representation.
  • Programming project (coursework) - Programming techniques; Analysis; Design; Development; Testing and evaluation and conclusions.

IT – Y10 TECH AWARD IN DIGITAL APPLICATIONS (TBC)

  • Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques – What is a user interface?; Design Principles; User Needs; Designing an efficient user interface.
  • Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data – Project planning techniques; Create a project plan; Create an initial design.
  • Effective Digital Working Practices - Developing a user interface; Refining the user interface; Review.

IT – Y11 CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL APPLICATIONS

  • Developing Web Products – Audience and purpose; Client briefs and the project lifecycle; Site
  • Structure; Consistency; Composition and page design; Accessibility; Content selection and preparation; Coding; Testing; Evaluation.
  • Creative Multimedia – Investigating multimedia products; Designing multimedia products; Collecting
  • And creating digital assets; Developing multimedia products; Prototyping and testing; Distribution; Product Review; Presenting multimedia products in an eportfolio; Standard ways of working.

VOCATIONAL COLLEGE COURSES

Some students have an individualised curriculum timetable that involves taking up a course at either Exeter College or Bicton College. These courses are practical and suit certain learners. Examples are horse care, construction, vehicle maintenance and food preparation.

KS5 (YEARS 12-13)  SIXTH-FORM OPTIONS

A LEVEL BUSINESS (Edexcel)

  • Theme 1: Marketing and people – meeting customer needs; the market; marketing mix and strategy; managing people; entrepreneurs and leaders.
  • Theme 2: Managing business activities – raising finance; financial planning; managing finance; resource management; external influences.
  • Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy – business objectives and strategy; business growth; decision-making techniques; influences on business decisions; assessing competitiveness; managing change.
  • Theme 4: Global business – globalisation; global markets and business; expansion; global marketing; global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

A LEVEL COMPUTING (TBC)

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices; Software and software development; Exchanging data; Data types, data structures and algorithms; Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues; Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving and programming; Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms. Analysis of the problem; Design of the solution; Developing the solution; Evaluation.

BTEC NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (Edexcel)

  • Information Technology Systems – Digital devices in IT systems; Transmitting data; Operating online; Protecting data and information; Impact of IT systems; Issues.
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information – The purpose and structure of relational database management systems; Standard methods and techniques to design relational database solutions; Creating a relation database structure; Evaluating a database development project.
  • Using Social Media in Business – Explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services; Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet
  • Requirements; Implement the use of social media in a business.
  • Data Modelling - Investigate data modelling and how it can be used in the decision-making process; Design a data model to meet client requirements; Develop a data model to meet client requirements.

A LEVEL ECONOMICS (TBC)

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure - nature of economics; how markets work; market failure; government intervention.
  • Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies. Measures of economic performance; aggregate demand; aggregate supply; national income; economic growth; macroeconomic objectives and policy.
  • Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market - business growth; business objectives; revenues, costs and profits; market structures; labour market; government intervention.
  • Theme 4: A global perspective - international economics; poverty and inequality; emerging and developing economies; the financial sector; role of the state in the macroeconomy.