Business, ICT and Computing

Faculty Vision

The faculty aims to give pupils a clear focus on the understanding of how a computer works. This knowledge allows them to gain a deeper understanding of how systems work. There is a strong emphasis on the pupils using different programming languages to produce their own outcomes, this we believe allows pupils to become fully autonomous with their learning and provides a clear opportunity for creative freedom. Studying this prepares the pupils with the knowledge and skills that they will need for study in KS4.

Subjects included:

  • KS3 – Computing KS4 – Computer Science GCSE
  • KS4 – ICT GCSE KS4 – Business Studies GCSE
  • KS4 – Business and Communication systems GCSE

Curriculum Overview:

Year 7 – 1 period of Computing including an introduction to computer systems, a programming language and e-safety
Year 8 – 1 period of Computing building on the knowledge from Year 7, students study e-safety, another programming language and consider system design
Year 9 – 1 period of Computing. Students will study a third programming language and more advanced concepts of Computer Science and continue to consider e-safety.

Options offered at the end of Year 9:

  • GCSE Computer Science (OCR)
  • GCSE Business Studies (OCR)
  • GCSE Business Communication Studies (OCR)

Topics covered:

Year 7
In Year 7 students are introduced to LHS computer systems and digital safety, Office skills, Spreadsheets, using the Internet safely and Scratch

Year 8
The Year 8 curriculum builds on the skills from Year 7 and students study; Fundamentals of computing, Image creation, Animation, Computational thinking and an introduction to programming

Year 9
Students begin to develop skills to help with GCSE subjects and will study; Networking, HTML, Media, Digital Citizenship, Visual Basic and a advanced programming project

Options offered at the end of Year 9

Creative iMedia
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 3 Controlled Assessments (75%)
No. of exams: – 1 Exam (25% each)

Unit 1 – Written examination
Unit 2 – Graphics unit
Unit 3 – Multimedia project
Unit 4 – Web Design

Units studied in year 10
Graphics unit
Theory for exam based around media production

Units studied in year 11
Wed Design

GCSE Computer Science
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 1 (25%)
No. of exams: – 2 Exams (80%)

Units studied in year 10
Computer systems – System architecture, memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, system security, system software.
Python programming

Units studied in year 11
Computational thinking – Algorithms, computational logic, Data representation
Advanced python programming

Year 11 – 2017

GCSE Business Studies
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 1 (25%)
No. of exams: – 2 Exams (25% and 50%)

Marketing and Enterprise – 25% Controlled Assessment
You will then learn about Enterprise and the steps to be taken to start your own business. You will be doing a piece of coursework known as the controlled assessment which is based on applying your knowledge to a Business case study.

Business and People – 25% Exam
You will learn about human resources within business and how companies hire and fire people; if you like ‘The Apprentice’ you will enjoy this unit.

Production and finance – 50% Exam
You will then do the finance unit where you will look at share prices, costs of running businesses and look at financial documents business have to create

GCSE Business Communication Studies
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 1 (25%)
No. of exams: – 2 Exams (25% and 50%)

Unit 8 ICT Systems in Business – 25% Controlled assessment
This unit investigates how ICT systems and different software in the business world.

Unit 9 Using ICT in Business – 25% exam
Pupils will study a theory and practical unit together in year 10. The theory unit comprises of investigating the importance of administration and how it supports the main functions of a business from its initial setting up to ensuring its continued survival and growth when faced with increasing competition.

Unit 10 Investigating ICT in Business – 50% exam
The practical unit requires pupils to investigate a range of software applications to support each function of a business. It helps Students to understand how a business can use software to capture, store, retrieve and analyse data so as to meet its requirements.

Year 10 – 2017

Enterprise and Marketing Level 2 Certificate – Cambridge National

Exam Board: OCR
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 2 (60%)
No. of exams: -1 Exams (40%)

Units you will study
Enterprise and marketing concepts
Design a business proposal
Market and pitch a business proposal

Business Studies GCSE (9-1)
Exam Board: OCR
No. of exams: – 2 Exams (50% each)

Units you will study
Business 1: business activity, marketing and people (01)
Business 2: operations, finance and influences on business

Level 1 Award in Retail Business
Exam Board: WJEC
No. of exams: –1

Units you will study
Customer experience
Retail Business
Retail operations

September 4, 2017
  • INSET DAY - School closed to students
    September 4, 2017

September 5, 2017
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September 11, 2017
  • CATS Week
    September 11, 2017 - September 15, 2017

School Address

Levenshulme High School
Crossley Road
M19 1FS

T: 0161 224 4625

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