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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 dedicated classrooms with excellent resources. The IT/computer Science teaching is based across four dedicated classrooms, each with 32 computers and all 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. In the sixth form, at KS5, we offer the BTEC National Information Technology and A' level Computer Science. 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 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, 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


Logins, passwords, files and folders. Email Systems. Using Edulink and MS Teams. Online Safety and developing awareness of online dangers such as phishing, grooming, and fraud. Fake websites. Copyright.

DTP skills. Presenting information. Creating Animations. Photo 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)


  • 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.


  • J277/01: Computer systems- systems architecture; memory and storage; computer networks, connections and protocols; network security; systems software; ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology. 
  • J277/02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming- Algorithms; programming fundamentals; producing robust programs; boolean logic; programming languages and Integrated Development Environments


  • 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 
  • Effective Digital Working Practices- How and why modern technologies are used by organisations and stakeholders to access adn manipulate data, and to provide access to systems and tools in order to complete tasks; How modern technologies are used to manage teams, to enable stakeholders to access tools and services, and to communicate effectively; How the increased reliance of organisations on digital systems to hold data and perform vital functions presents a range of challenges and dangers. The nature of threats to digital systems adn ways that they can be mitigated through organisational policy, procedures and the actions of individuals; the wider implications of digital systems and their use; How legislation covering data protection, computer crimes and intellectual property has an impact on the way that organisations and individuals use digital systems and data. Procedures that organisations must follow in order to conform to legal requirements and professional guidelines; how individuals in the digital sector plan solutions and communicate meaning and intention. How different forms of written and diagrammatical communication can be used to express understanding and demonstrate the flow of data and information. 



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.



  • 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).


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.


  • 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.