Computing & Enterprise

Computing & Enterprise

The Computing and Enterprise department at Perryfields Academy is committed to developing ICT confident and ICT competent students. We are also nurturing the next generation of Computer Scientists who will help Britain to become the World Leader in Computer Technology.

Students use the latest communication systems such as Outlook and ONEDRIVE in order to engage with their learning at school in all subject areas. Through these systems, students can access all Teaching and Learning Resources on a 24/7 basis which allows them to improve on work they are doing in class or catch up with work they may have missed.

Students develop their knowledge in Computer Coding and ICT by taking part in engaging, challenging and contemporary lessons. The topics studied cover the KS3 National Curriculum for ICT and Computer Science.

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Key Stage 3

In KS3, Pupils get used to the standard ways of working with ICT in our school. There is a big focus on metacognition techniques and active learning in the department. Pupils are encouraged to work independently and take part in regular opportunities to think about careers and raise their aspirations.

 

Year 7

In Year 7, learners receive 1 hour per week of Computer Science.

Learners study the following units:

  • Microsoft Outlook and Onedrive
  • Basic Graphics Packages
  • E-Safety
  • Scratch Programming
  • Small Basic Programming

 

Year 8

In Year 8, learners receive 1 hour per week of Computer Science.

Learners study the following units:

  • Graphics – ICT Unit
  • Understanding how Computers Work

Year 9

In Year 9, learners receive 1 hour per week of Computer Science.

Learners study the following units:

  • Introduction to Python Programming
  • Developing Computer APPS

 

Key Stage 4

After experiencing a range of topics during KS3, which cover ICT and Computer Science, students are then able to choose a vocational route into ICT or a more Academic route into Computer Science.

At key stage 4, learners receive 5 hours per fortnight of timetable lessons.

Vocational ICT – Level 2 OCR IMEDIA – The Cambridge National in Creative iMedia equips students with the wide range of knowledge and skills needed to work in the creative digital media sector. They start at pre-production and develop their skills through practical assignments as they create final multimedia products.

Units Studying:

  • Exam Unit R093 – Creative iMedia in the media industry
  • Coursework Unit R094 – Visual identity and digital graphics
  • Coursework Unit R097 – Interactive digital media

OCR Computer Science Level 2 This GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Topics Covered:

  • Systems Architecture
  • Networks
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations
  • Computational Thinking
  • Programming
  • Logic
  • Data Representation

Business Studies

Business Studies is a subject which allows students to explore business behaviour and understand how a business operates and what can influence its success. Everyone can relate to a business and it fits in well with other subjects due to its relevance to so many careers and everyday life.

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech award in Enterprise

Enterprise is an important part of the business sector and plays a major role in the UK’s global economic status. The role of entrepreneurs is to help create wealth for the nation and its citizens through the creation of enterprises that innovate and grow the economy. According to 2019 data, there are nearly six million such businesses in the UK, employing around 16.6 million people. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9 per cent of the business population in the UK and account for three-fifths of the employment and around half of the turnover in the UK private sector, worth around £2.2 trillion.

The components that students will be studying over the 2 years are shown below:

Component Number Component Title GLH Level How Assessed
1 Exploring Enterprises 36 1/2 Internal
2 Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity 36 1/2 Internal
3 Promotion and Finance for Enterprise 48 1/2 External Synoptic

Students have access to all resources via ONEDRIVE on a 24/7 basis, and should complete any work that they have missed, outside of lesson. All lessons are delivered in state-of-the-art ICT facilities, so students will be expected to use and engage with ICT to complete a lot of the work in this subject area.

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