Curriculum |  Business, ICT & 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 – Business Studies GCSE
  • KS4 –Creative iMedia – Cambridge National
  • KS4 – Functional Skills ICT
  • KS4 – CambridgeNationals Enterprise and Marketing
  • KS4 – Level 1 Retail and Business


Curriculum Overview:

Year 7 – 3 periods per week
Year 8 – 4 periods per week
Year 9 – 4 periods per week

GCSE Courses:

  • GCSE Triple (OCR)

Topics Covered:

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)
  • Cambridge National Creative iMedia (OCR)
  • Cambridge National Enterprise and Marketing (OCR)
  • Level 1 Award in Retail Business (WJEC)
  • Functional Skills ICT (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

  • Multimedia
  • Wed Design

GCSE Computer Science
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 1 (not weighted)
No. of exams: – 2 Exams (100%)

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

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


Functional Skills ICT

Level 1 Award in Retail Business
Exam Board: WJEC
Internally assessed

Units you will study

  • ICT in an everyday environment.
  • ICT to plan and organise work
  • Work with files and folders
  • Adjust computer setting for a purpose
  • Microsoft Office to create documents

School Address

Levenshulme High School
Crossley Road
M19 1FS


Academy Headteacher: Dr Johan MacKinnon
Executive Headteacher: Ms Patsy Kane OBE MA


0161 224 4625


0161 256 1170


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