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Computing & Enterprise

 

As one of the most rapidly changing subjects, ICT is the study of technology and systems that dominate our personal and working lives.

As mobile phones become as powerful as laptops, and as the generation of social media, we believe that it is our responsibility to prepare all students at the school for a vibrant and exciting digital world.  Students have the opportunity to develop a critical approach to both systems and software, through academic and vocational routes.  The innovative curriculum at LWA has been specifically designed to nurture a passion for technology and provide our students skills applicable in each and every career path.

We are one of the most well equipped ICT departments in Leeds, an impressive suite of dedicated ICT rooms, green screen studio and computer suites.  The spacious and well-resourced suites are open to students outside of lessons, with specific support during afternoon sessions and Gaming/Computing Enrichment Programmes. At Leeds West Academy, we deliver courses tailored to our student’s needs; each course is linked to a real life organisation, who will host students and contextualise the course content to demonstrate the application of skills and theory within the subject.

 

Courses in Computing & Enterprise

  • OCR GCSE Computer Science
  • BTEC Enterprise - Level 2 Tech Award 
  • BTEC Digital Information Technology 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

 Autumn 1

Computing Curriculum 

Online Safety and Digital Footprint

Exploring ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly, and securely.

 Autumn 2

Computing Curriculum

Game Development

Using block coding to develop an online safety game using

Scratch.

 Spring 1

Computing Curriculum

Computational Thinking

Algorithms and flowcharts.

 Spring 2

Computing Curriculum

Using Media and Gaining Support for a Cause

Developing word processing skills and create a blog for a cause.

 Summer 1

Computing Curriculum

Spreadsheet Modelling

Developing excel skills to plan a holiday for a given scenario.

 Summer 2

Computing Curriculum

Computer Systems

Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems.

Year 8

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Autumn 1

Computing Curriculum

Money Matters 

Developing spreadsheet skills and learning about money management.

Autumn 2

Computing Curriculum 

Impact of Technology

Artificial Intelligence, Bots and Social Engineering.

Spring 1

Computing Curriculum 

Computational Thinking

Developing algorithms and flowcharts.

Spring 2

Computing Curriculum

Python Programming and Boolean

Developing Python programming skills for various scenarios.

Summer 1

Computing Curriculum

Online Behaviours

Bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues.

Summer 2

Computing Curriculum

Website Design

Developing user interface design skills and PowerPoint skills to design an ‘Online Behaviours’ website.

Year 9

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Autumn 1 and Autumn 2

Computing Curriculum

Tycoon in School enterprise project

Developing computer skills across a range of computer applications.

Spring 1

Computing Curriculum

Cyber Security 

How data is used, social

engineering, hacking, malware, and threat prevention.

Spring 2

Computing Curriculum

User Interface Design

Developing PowerPoint skills and user interface design knowledge to create a digital information point about post-16 options.

Summer 1

Computing Curriculum

Online Behaviours

Bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues.

Summer 2

Computing Curriculum

BTEC Digital Information Technology (option subject)

Component 3, Learning Aim B2 Threat prevention and policy.

 KS4 BTEC Enterprise Curriculum

Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Component 1 Exploring Enterprises

Learners explore what market research is, the methods that are used to conduct it and the benefits and limitations of using the different methods. They will also explore what key businesses decisions entrepreneurs can make using the information gathered through market research. Learners will research their chosen two enterprises to find out what market research methods they use, what information they gather and how they use this information for their business operations. Once the information has been gathered, learners will use it to word-process their coursework for this learning aim.

 

Topics include:

  • B1 Customer needs
  • B2 Using market research to understand customers
  • B3 Understanding competitors

 

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons

Autumn 2

Component 1 Exploring Enterprise 

Learners will investigate why enterprises are successful, looking at the impact of factors both inside and outside the control of the enterprise, and investigate ways in which SWOT and PEST analysis can be used to support decision making. Learners will research their chosen two enterprises to find out what internal and external factors impact their operations and success. Once the information has been gathered, learners will use it to word-process their coursework for this learning aim.

 

Topics include:

  • C1 Internal factors
  • C2 External factors
  • C3 Situational analysis
  • C4 Measuring the success of an SME

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons.

Spring 1

Component 2 Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity

Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the skills required to plan for a micro-enterprise activity. Learners will use their experience from exploring enterprises to independently generate ideas and choose one idea for a realistic micro-enterprise. Learners will draw on their exploration of enterprises to draw up an implementation plan for their chosen idea.

 

Topics include:

  • A1 Generating ideas for a micro-enterprise activity
  • A2 Plan for a micro-enterprise activity

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons

Spring 2

Component 2 Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity

Learners will demonstrate own skills by pitching an individual summary of the final plan to an audience. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they review and reflect on the success of their business plan and pitch, to include their presentation and communication skills.

 

Topics include:

  • B1 Pitching a micro-enterprise activity
  • B2 Presenting a business pitch
  • C1 Using feedback and review to identify possible changes to the pitch

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons.

Summer 1

Component 3 Promotion & Finance

Learners will explore the different methods of promotion used by enterprises, their suitability for different sizes of enterprise, including the factors they consider when choosing the most appropriate. Learners will consider why an enterprise targets its market, and the impact this has on promotion. Learners will consider the factors affecting the choice of promotional method for an enterprise. Learners will complete, interpret and check the information on financial documents and statements.

 

Topics include:

  • A1 Elements of the promotional mix and their purposes
  • A2 Targeting and segmenting the market
  • A3 Factors influencing the choice of promotional methods
  • B1 Financial documents
  • B2 Payment methods
  • B3 Sources of revenue and costs

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of promotion and financial records.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Summer 2

Component 3 Promotion & Finance  

Learners will complete and interpret a statement of comprehensive income using given figures and suggest appropriate actions. Learners will complete and interpret a statement of financial position using given figures and suggest appropriate actions. Learners will interpret statements of comprehensive income and of financial position to calculate ratios. Learners will complete cash flow forecasts and investigate the effects of positive and negative cash flow on an enterprise.

 

Topics include:

• B4 Terminology in financial statements
• B5 Statement of comprehensive income
• B6 Statement of financial position
• B7 Profitability and liquidity
• C1 Using cash flow data
• C2 Financial forecasting

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of financial records and financial planning & forecasting.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

 

Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Component 1 Exploring Enterprises

RESIT Opportunity

Learners explore what market research is, the methods that are used to conduct it and the benefits and limitations of using the different methods. They will also explore what key businesses decisions entrepreneurs can make using the information gathered through market research. Learners will research their chosen two enterprises to find out what market research methods they use, what information they gather and how they use this information for their business operations. Once the information has been gathered, learners will use it to word-process their coursework for this learning aim.

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons.

Autumn 2

Component 2 Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity 

RESIT Opportunity

Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the skills required to plan for a micro-enterprise activity. Learners will use their experience from exploring enterprises to independently generate ideas and choose one idea for a realistic micro-enterprise. Learners will draw on their exploration of enterprises to draw up an implementation plan for their chosen idea.

 

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons

Spring 1

Component 3 Promotion & Finance 

Revision and exam skills 

Word-processed coursework.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize and LWA Virtual Lessons

Spring 2

Component 3 Promotion & Finance 

Revision and exam skills

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of promotion and financial records.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Summer 1

Component 3 Promotion & Finance 

Revision and exam skills

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of promotion and financial records.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Summer 2

Component 3 Promotion & Finance

Revision and exam skills

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of financial records and financial planning & forecasting.

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

 KS4 OCR Computer Science Curriculum

Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

1.1 Systems architecture

Architecture of the CPU: The purpose of the CPU, Common CPU components and their function, Von Neumann architecture.

 

CPU performance: How common characteristics of CPUs affect their performance.

 

Embedded systems: The purpose and characteristics of embedded systems and Examples of embedded systems.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of systems architecture.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Autumn 2

1.2 Memory and storage

Primary storage (Memory): The need for primary storage, The difference between RAM and ROM, The purpose of ROM in a computer system, The purpose of RAM in a computer system and Virtual memory.

 

Secondary storage: The need for secondary storage, Common types of storage, Suitable storage devices and storage media for a given application and The advantages and disadvantages of different storage devices and storage media relating to these characteristics.

 

Units: The units of data storage, How data needs to be converted into a binary format to be processed by a computer and Data capacity and calculation of data capacity requirements.

 

Data storage: How to convert positive denary whole numbers to binary numbers (up to and including 8 bits) and vice versa, How to add two binary integers together (up to and including8 bits) and explain overflow errors which may occur, How to convert positive denary whole numbers into 2-digit hexadecimal numbers and vice versa, How to convert binary integers to their hexadecimal equivalents and vice versa, Binary shifts and how characters, images and sounds are stored by computers.

 

Compression: The need for compression and Types of compression

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of memory and storage.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Spring 1

1.3 Computer networks, connections and protocols

Networks and topologies: Types of network, Factors that affect the performance of networks, The different roles of computers in a client-server and a peer-to-peer network, The hardware needed to connect stand-alone computers into a Local Area Network, The Internet as a worldwide collection of computer networks, Star and Mesh network topologies, Modes of connection, Encryption, IP addressing and MAC addressing, Standards, Common protocols and the concept of layers.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of computer networks, connections and protocols.

 

Mock examination covering 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Spring 2

1.4 Network security

Threats to computer systems and networks: Forms of attack.

 

Identifying and preventing vulnerabilities: Common prevention methods.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of network security.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Summer 1

1.5 Systems software

Operating systems: The purpose and functionality of operating systems.

 

Utility software: The purpose and functionality of utility software and Utility system software.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of systems software.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Summer 2

1.6 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact: Impacts of digital technology on wider society including, Legislation relevant to Computer Science,

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact of digital technology.

 

Mock examination covering 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

 Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

2.1 Algorithms

Computational thinking: Principles of computational thinking

 

Designing, creating and refining algorithms: Identify the inputs, processes, and outputs for a problem, Structure diagrams, Create, interpret, correct, complete, and refine algorithms, Identify common errors and Trace tables.

 

Searching and sorting algorithms: Standard searching algorithms and Standard sorting algorithms.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of algorithms.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Autumn 2

2.2 Programming fundamentals

Programming fundamentals: The use of variables, constants, operators, inputs, outputs and assignments, The use of the three basic programming constructs used to control the flow of a program, The common arithmetic operators and The common Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT.

 

Data types: The use of data types.

 

Additional programming techniques: The use of basic string manipulation, The use of basic file handling operations, The use of records to store data, The use of SQL to search for data, The use of arrays (or equivalent) when solving problems, including both one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional arrays (2D), How to use sub programs (functions and procedures) to produce structured code and Random number generation.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of programming fundamentals.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Spring 1

2.3 Producing robust programs

Defensive design: Defensive design considerations, Input validation and Maintainability.

 

Testing: The purpose of testing, Types of testing, Identify syntax and logic errors, Selecting and using suitable test data and Refining algorithms.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of producing robust programs.

 

Mock examination covering 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook.

Spring 2

2.4 Boolean logic

Boolean logic: Simple logic diagrams using the operators AND, OR and NOT, Truth tables, Combining Boolean operators using AND, OR and NOT and Applying logical operators in truth tables to solve problems.

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Boolean logic.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook. 

Summer 1

2.5 Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments

Languages: Characteristics and purpose of different levels of programming language, The purpose of translators and The characteristics of a compiler and an interpreter.

 

The Integrated Development Environment (IDE): Common tools and facilities available in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE),

Written assessment to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of programming languages and IDE.

 

Mock examination covering 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6.

 

Home Learning: Seneca Learning, BBC Bitesize, LWA Virtual Lessons and Exam skills workbook. 

Summer 2

Revision

Consolidation of topics and exam skills to strengthen understanding in preparation for exams.

 

 

 

For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy FAO Sharan Ahmed-  by phone on 0113 229 5454 or by email Ahmed.S@whiteroseacademies.org