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Computing & Digital Literacy and business studies

Welcome to the Business, Computing and Digital literacy Department. We strive to create a productive, engaging, and varied curriculum to educate and inspire our students in aspects of Business Studies, Information Communications Technology, Computer Science and Digital Literacy.

Our aim is to inspire and educate the next generation Business and Digital Professionals and to equip all of our students with valuable knowledge, skills and understanding. Students enjoy studying these current and ever-changing subject areas, and our options are a popular choice.

BCDL Curriculum

Year 7 BCDL Long Term Plan 2016-17

Year 8 BCDL Long Term Plan 2016-17

Year 9 BCDL Long Term Plan 2016-17

Core CDL

All pupils in Key Stages 3 have one 50 minute period of CDL per week. In years 7 and 8, pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups, cover a variety of aspects of Computing and Digital Literacy including basic programming, website creation and computational thinking.

In year 9 students have two 50 minute periods, one period of Computing, and one period of Digital Literacy. In Computing students learn a wide range of skills including learning about computational thinking, systems, networks, and programming. Digital literacy focuses on equipping students with a wide range of software user skills, and also gives students an understanding of copyright, digital property and online safety.  

Assessment: In Digital Literacy and Computing students are regularly assessed using online tests and on-screen assessments, they also have unit assessment sheets to self-assess their own progress as they complete the unit. Teacher is regularly given verbally to form digital work, and homework is marked in detail using the SAIL method. Students are set two extended homework pieces per academic year linked to work studied in lesson time.

Optional Subjects

Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies is an academic qualification that aims to give young people a valuable and relevant insight into the world of business. The course is both active in terms of discussions and class participation and enjoyable.  In each lesson real business examples are studied and analysed to show how companies operate and make profits.  In year 10 students are introduced to the world of small businesses and you will look at what makes someone a successful business person.

Students will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. They will understand how to make a business effective and manage money well. In year 11 students will learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how companies promote themselves and keep their customers happy.

Assessment: Students are assessed in a variety of ways to ensure that they are making progress and to allow for personalised support strategies to be put into place to help them to achieve their target grade. Pupils are assessed weekly through in-class quizzes and activities, key terms tests and written homework. At the end of each module pupils are asked to sit an in-class assessment to assess their understanding of the specific theory. These assessments are a combination of the Unit 1 multi-choice style questions and the Unit 3 written questions which allow pupils to develop their examination technique and skills.

Examination: Students compete examinations for Unit 1(25%) Unit 3 (50%) at the end of year 11. A Controlled Assessment task is completed at the start of year 11 (25%).

Computer Science

Computer Science is a rigorous subject aimed at developing students understanding of computers and how they work, and developing computer programming skills in students. Students will learn to program in Python for the project element of the course. During the course students will study the following units; Principles of Computer Science, Application of Computational thinking and the Programming Project. The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to;

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.

 Assessment: Students are formally assessed after each theory block. Students will also receive a weekly theory based homework based on the current topic. Students receive ongoing feedback on their practical work and have to document the changes they have made to the work in response.

Examination: Students submit their programming project work at the end of the course, this is worth 20% of the final mark. Students sit 2 further 2 hour examinations at the end of the course worth 40% each.

GCSE ICT

Students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).  They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

In the practical unit students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. Typically students experience using spreadsheets, databases, animation software, graphic editing, sound editing, website creation and desktop publishing.

Assessment: Students are formally assessed after each theory block. Students will also receive a weekly theory based homework based on the current topic. Students receive ongoing feedback on their practical work and have to document the changes they have made to the work in response in their review.

Examination: Unit 2- Students submit their practical unit work at the end of the course, this is worth 60%of the final mark. Unit 1-Students sit a 1.5hr written examination at the end of the course that is worth 40% of the final mark.

GCSE Computer Science, GCSE ICT and GCSE Business Studies are both offered as option block subjects. A-level ICT and Business Studies are both offered as part of the sixth form provision at the Academy.

BCDL Facilities

The CDL department has excellent facilities; there are four large CDL teaching suites, a smaller hub suite and computer and laptop facilities in the library. All CDL teaching rooms have an interactive whiteboard, apple TV and every student accesses their own computer.

We have a wide range of software for students to access. Every student has Office 365 login that enables them to use Microsoft OneDrive at school and at home; this gives students online access to school email, online office programs and their own cloud storage area to save work and collaborate effectively.

We also have a set of Rasberry Pi computers for students who study Computer Science. They can also be booked by students who would like experience in using them.

 

Staff List

The teaching staff are currently:

Mrs Z Breeze Subject Leader in CDL and Business

Mrs M Deeming Teacher of CDL

Mrs S Dubiel  Teacher of Business Studies

 If you have any further queries about BCDL subjects please email Mrs Breeze (zbreeze@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk)