Computing


GCSE Business: Two Year Overview

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YEAR 11 Topic 3.1 - Marketing Marketing; Market research; Product trial and repeat purchase; Product life cycle; Branding and differentiation; Building a successful marketing mix. Topics 3.2 – Meeting Customer Needs Design and research development; Managing stock and quality; Cost-effective operations and competitiveness; Topic 3.2 – Meeting Customer Needs Effective customer service; Meeting consumer protection laws. Topic 3.3 – Effective Financial Management How to improve cash flow; How to improve profit; Topic 3.3 – Effective Financial Management Break-even charts and break-even analysis; Financing growth; Topic 3.4 – Effective People Management Organisational structure; Motivation theory; Topic 3.4 – Effective People Management Communication; Remuneration; Topic 3.5 – The Wider World Affecting Business Ethics in Business; Environmental issues; Economic issues affecting international trade; The impact of governments and the EU. Revision Unit 1 Revision Unit 3

GCSE Business: Three Year Overview

  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
YEAR 10

Topic 3.1

Marketing;

Market research;

Product trial and repeat purchase;

Product life cycle;

Branding and differentiation;

Building a successful marketing mix.

Topic 3.2

Design and research development;

Managing stock and quality;

Cost-effective operations and competitiveness;

Effective customer service;

Meeting consumer protection laws.

Topic 3.3

How to improve cash flow;

How to improve profit;

Break-even charts and break-even analysis;

Financing growth;

Topic 3.4

Organisational structure;

Motivation theory;

Communication;

Remuneration;
Unit 2 - Mock CA Unit 2 - CA

GCSE Business: Three Year Overview (new spec)

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YEAR 1

Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business

1.1.2 Risk and reward

1.1.3 The role of business enterprise

Enhancement activity for Topic 1.

Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

1.2.1 Customer needs

1.2.2 Market research

1.2.3 Market segmentation

1.2.4 The competitive environment

Enhancement activity for Topic 2. Mini investigation into a local business for one content area, for example: market research or market mapping.

Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

1.3.1 Business aims and objectives

1.3.2 Business revenues, costs and profits

1.3.3 Cash and cash-flow

1.3.4 Sources of business finance

Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

1.4.1 The options for start-up and small businesses

1.4.2 Business location

1.4.3 The marketing mix

1.4.3 The marketing mix

1.4.4 Business plans

Enhancement activity for Topic 4. Mini investigation into a local business for one content area, for example: location decisions or one element of the marketing mix

GCSE Computing: Two Year Overview

  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
YEAR 11 A453

A453

Topic 2.1.3

Software

Topic 2.1.4

Representation of data in Computer Systems

Topic 2.1.5

The database concept;

The DMBS

Relational databases

Topic 2.1.6

Networks

The Internet
   

GCSE Computer Science

  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
YEAR 1

Topic 1.1 Systems

  • The Purpose of the CPU
  • Von Neumann Architecture
  • CPU Components

Topic 1.1 Systems

  • Function of the CPU
  • Characteristics of the CPU
Embedded Systems

Topic 2.2 Programming & Topic 2.3 Robust Programs

  • The use of variables, constants, operators, inputs and assignments
  • The use of basic programming constructs: Sequence, Selection, Iteration (count and condition controlled loops)
  • The use of basic string manipulation
  • The use of base file handling operations
  • The use of records to store data
  • The use of SQL to search for data
  • The use of arrays (or equivalent)
  • How to use sub programs (functions & procedures)
  • The use of data types
  • The common arithmetic operators
  • The common Boolean operators
  • Defensive design considerations
  • Maintainability
  • The purpose of testing
  • Types of testing
  • Syntax & Logic Errors
  • Selecting and using suitable test data

Topic 1.2 Memory

  • Difference between RAM and ROM
  • Purpose of ROM
  • Purpose of RAM
  • Virtual Memory
Flash Memory

Topic 1.4 Wired / Wireless

  • LAN & WAN
  • Factors that affect Network performance
  • Roles in Client-Server / Peer to Peer
  • Hardware needed for a LAN
  • The Internet
Virtual Network

Topic 2.1 Algorithms

  • Computational Thinking
  • Standard Searching Algorithms
  • Standard Sorting Algorithms

Topic 2.1 Algorithms

  • Producing Algorithms with flow diagrams
  • Producing Algorithms with Pseudocode
  • Interpreting, Correcting or Completing Algorithms

Topic 1.3 Storage

  • Data capacity
  • Calculations of data capacity requirements
  • Common types of storage
  • Suitable storage devices looking at the different characteristics

Topic 1.5 Network Topologies

  • Star & Mesh Topologies
  • Wifi
  • The uses of IP addressing, MAC addressing and Protocols
  • Concept of layers
  • Packet Switching
YEAR 2

Topic 1.1 – 1.5 Recap

Topic 1.6 System Security

  • Forms of attack
  • Threats posed to networks
  • Identifying and preventing vulnerabilities

Topic 1.7 System Software

  • Purpose  and functionality of systems software
  • Operating systems
  • Utility system software

Topic 2.5 Translators and Facilities of Languages

  • Characteristics  and purpose of different levels of programming language
  • Purpose of translators
  • Characteristics of an assembler, a compiler and an interpreter
Practice NEA Practice NEA
Python Challenges Python Challenges

Topic 1.8 Ethical, Legal Cultural & Environmental Concerns

  • Ethical issues
  • Legal issues
  • Cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Privacy issues
  • Key stakeholders affected by technologies
  • Open source vs proprietary issues
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988
  • Creative Commons Licensing
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000

Topic 2.4 Computational Logic  & Topic 2.6 Data Representation

  • Why data is in binary
  • Logic diagrams using AND, OR and NOT
  • Truth tables
  • Applying computing-related mathematics
  • Binary addition
  • Converting to Hex
  • Character sets
  • ASCII
  • Images with data
  • Sound with data
  • Compression
Practice NEA Practice NEA

GCSE ICT: Three Year Overview

  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
YEAR 1

Unit 1 Topic 1: Personal Digital Devices

The purpose of and target audience for digital devices;

Features of digital devices;

How to select suitable devices/features to meet particular needs;

The impact of age, gender and disability on individuals’ choice/use of digital devices.

Unit 1 Topic 1: Personal Digital Devices

Methods of connecting devices;

Peripheral devices that can be used with digital devices;

The impact of the use of digital devices on the way organisations operate;

Health and safety risks associated with digital devices and how to reduce or contain them.

Unit 2 Topic 1: Research & Information Gathering

Understand the characteristics of data and information;

Understand how data and information can be organised and structured to facilitate effective use;

Understand that information can be represented in different forms;

Identify the data and information requirements of a task;

Understand the need for accuracy.

Unit 2 Topic 1: Research & Information Gathering

Select appropriate sources of information, e.g. online databases, websites, email;

Use appropriate search techniques to locate information;

Select relevant information by making informal judgements about its quality, relevance and fitness for purpose;

Recognise copyright and other constraints on the use of information.

Unit 2 Topic 1: Research & Information Gathering

Create original images and other assets;

Create original text and other information;

Create survey data.

Unit 2 Topic 1: Research & Information Gathering

Understand how data can be structured e.g. single table, linked table;

Enter and edit records;

Search for valid and meaningful information for a specified purpose;

Sort records using single and multiple fields in ascending and descending order;

Use reports to present information clearly.
YEAR 2

Unit 2 Topic 2: Modelling

Adapt and enhance spreadsheet models;

Gather and validate data for use in a model;

Enter and organise numerical data;

Manipulate, process and analyse numerical data

Format numerical data and other information;

Use formulae, functions and variables

Use validation techniques;

Enhance clarity and presentation.

Unit 2 Topic 2: Modelling

Use models to explore ideas;

Ask ‘what if’ questions;

Model different scenarios;

Try out alternatives and explore ideas;

Create and develop charts and graphs to display numerical data;

Verify results (accuracy, plausibility);

Interpret results and make recommendations based upon them.

Unit 2 Topic 3: Digital Publishing

Design digital products which are fit for purpose and audience;

Investigate requirements;

Analyse stages of a complex ICT task;

Use design tools (storyboarding, structure charts, flowcharts, templates);

Justify design decisions;

Make use of feedback from test users.

Unit 2 Topic 3: Digital Publishing

Develop digital products which are fit for purpose and audience;

Combine different types of digital content;

Use accepted layouts and conventions;

Apply editing, formatting and layout techniques;

Maximise clarity and enhance presentation;

Create a user interface;

Use automated features;

Sequence instructions;

Test for functionality and usability.

Unit 2 Topic 4: Evaluating Outcomes

Review outcomes;

Compare with requirements;

Identify strengths and weaknesses;

Suggest possible improvements;

Make modifications to improve the outcomes.

Unit 2 Topic 4: Evaluating Outcomes

Review own performance;

Identify strengths and weaknesses;

Evaluate the selection, use and effectiveness of ICT tools and facilities used.

 

Unit 2 Topic 5: Working Effectively & Safely

Save work regularly and keep information secure;

Use sensible filenames and formats

Create and manage files and folder structures;

Retrieve work efficiently;

Acknowledge sources;

Respect copyright.
YEAR 3

Unit 1 Topic 2: Connectivity

Factors influencing the choice of digital

communication in a network;

Equipment needed to create a home network;

How different technologies can be used together;

Factors affecting speed and volume of data

Transfer;

The significance of bandwidth and latency, and their impact on the ‘user experience’;

Commonly used communication networks;

Commonly used communication protocols;

Security risks to data and how to reduce or contain them.

Unit 1 Topic 3: Operating Online

The widespread use of the internet;

The use of usernames, passwords and other security measures;

Control of access to and management of personal spaces;

Threats to and methods of preventing misuse of personal information;

The impact of relevant legislation.

Unit 1 Topic 4: Online Goods and Services

Advantages and disadvantages of shopping online rather than in the high street;

The impact on lifestyles and behaviour of the availability of goods and services online;

The value of transactional data;

How and why organisations operate online;

Consumer protection.

 

Unit 1 Topic 5: Online Communities

The features, functions and target audience of different forms of online communities;

The impact of the internet on employment and working practices; collaborative working;

Responsible use and acceptable behaviour.

Unit 1 Topic 6: Issues

Security issues that arise when information is transmitted and stored digitally;

Privacy issues associated with the use of ICT;

Ways in which ICT can be used to monitor individuals’ movements and communications;

health and safety issues that arise from individuals’ use of ICT;

The impact on society of the widespread use of networks and the ability of individuals to access networks anywhere;

Legislation relating to the use of ICT, including copyright and data protection;

Sustainability issues and ways of minimising/mitigating the environmental impact of ICT.
Unit 1 Revision  

KS3 Computing Overview

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YEAR 7

Computer Systems #1

  • What is a computer system?
  • Embedded system.
  • Computer components.
  • Input and output devices.
  • The human computer (hardware)

HTML

  • Head & Body tags
  • Text tags
  • Formatting tags
  • Colour tags
  • Image tags

Algorithms

  • Computational thinking
  • Writing algorithms in flowcharts.
  • Writing algorithms in flowcharts.
  • Search algorithms.
  • Sort algorithms.

Python #1

  • Data types
  • Operators
  • Constants and variables.
  • Strings
  • Program flow (IF THEN ELSE)

Data Representation

  • Logic
  • Units
  • Binary numbers
  • Hexadecimal numbers
  • ASCII

Computer Hardware

  • The CPU
  • Fetch, decode, and execute cycle.
  • Memory – RAM/ROM
  • CPU Performance
YEAR 8

Computer Systems #2

  • Hex
  • Logic Gates
  • Storage (RAM / ROM; Types of Storage & Characteristics)

Hardware & Software

  • Hardware Recap
  • Operating system
  • Application software
  • Utility software

(Take Entry Level Exams)

Python #2

  • Nested Ifs
  • Switch CASE
  • COUNT-controlled loops
  • Condition-controlled loops
  • Boolean in conditions
  • Arrays

Python Programming Project

(Entry Level Specimen Task)

Ethical & Cultural

  • Environmental
  • Health
  • Privacy
  • Energy Use
  • Legal

(Entry Level Specimen Task)

Networks

  • Lan
  • WAN
  • Topologies
  • Network Hardware
  • Client-Server
  • P2P

 

What qualifications will I get?

GCSE in Computing.

GCSE in Computer Science.

GCSE in ICT.

How will I be assessed?

KS3 Computing is Teacher assessed at the end of each unit; as well as self and peer reviewed through-out. This is all recorded in your Learning Diary.

GCSE Computing is formally assessed at the end of Year 11 by the submitting of Controlled Assessment (60%) and a written Exam (40%). During the duration of the course, you are assessed on a fortnightly basis about what you have learnt.

BTEC ICT is assessed at the end of each unit through the completion of a set assignment. This is then marked using the Assessment Criteria from the exam board. This totals 75% of your final grade. The final 25% comes from an online exam which is sat at the end of Unit 1.

GCSE ICT is formally assessed at the end of Yr 11 by the sumitting of Controlled Assessment (60%) and a written Exam (40%). During the duration of the course, you are assessed on a fortnightly basis about what you have learnt.

What can these courses lead to?

These courses provide a good foundation to continue studying ICT related subjects at either A-Level or BTEC Level 3.