Business, ICT and Computing

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.

Head of Faculty

Ms N. Downey (

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.


  • KS3 – Computing KS4 – Computer Science GCSE
  • KS4 – Business Studies GCSE
  • KS4 – Creative iMedia – Cambridge National
  • KS4 – Functional Skills ICT
  • KS4 – Enterprise and Marketing – Cambridge National

Curriculum Overview

Year 10 and 11: GCSE Courses

3 periods per week.

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)
  • Functional Skills ICT (OCR)

Year 7

1 period per week.
1 period of Computing including an introduction to computer systems, a programming language, spreadsheet modelling and e-safety.

Year 8

1 period per week.
1 period of Computing building on the knowledge from Year 7, students study e-safety, another programming language, system design, Web design, Web programing, image design and a computational thinking unit.

Year 9

1 period per week.
1 period of Computing. Students will study a third programming language and more advanced concepts of Computer Science and continue to consider e-safety. A media based unit of creating an animation is also studied.

Topics Covered

Year 7

In Year 7 students are introduced to LHS computer systems and digital safety, How to work electronically, Spreadsheet modelling, how the internet works and Scratch programming.

Year 8

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

Year 9

Students begin to develop skills to help with GCSE subjects and will study; Networking, Media, Digital Citizenship andVisual Basic. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own project using a range of software studied.

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
    • Web 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%)

    • 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 Studied:

    • 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
    • Customer experience
    • Retail Business
  • Functional Skills ICT

    Level 1 Award in Retail Business
    Internally assessed
    • 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

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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