Welcome to Computing and Business

The Computing, IT and Business Department consists of 4 highly dedicated teachers that are relentless in their pursuit of excellence for every child. We are a strong and enthusiastic team that work closely, sharing ideas and resources ensuring we continually develop our ideas, introducing new and innovative strategies to the classroom. Helping to shape analytical learners that can apply logic and problem solving skills to maximise their potential across their learning and in future careers.


Engagement is paramount:

Where students look forward to their lessons with staff who are enthusiastic and passionate about Computer Science IT and Business.

Where we can offer qualifications that are accessible and engaging for all and equip students with the skills that will help them to achieve what they want out of life

Where we ignite an interest in technology and innovation.


Departmental Staff:

Mr S Dutton – Subject Leader of Computing, IT and Business

Ms K Dixon – Teacher of Computing, IT and Business

Miss G Reid – Teacher of Computing, IT and Business

Mrs E Carter – Teacher of Business and Cover Supervisor


Computing – Key Stage 3 and 4

Curriculum Overview


Key Stage 3


During Year 7 and 8, students have one lesson of Computer Science weekly. During Year’s 7 and 8, students will study a variety of aspects of Computer Science and IT skills to prepare your child for further studies and the world of work.

During Year 9, pupils will have a rotation of Computing and Business over a 9-week period (3 lessons a week) in blocks of 5 and 4 weeks throughout the year.

Please see below the Long Term Plan for Key Stage 3 Computer Science/IT and Business.


YEAR Autumn I Autumn II Spring I Spring II Summer I Summer II
  Autumn/Winter Winter/Spring Spring/Summer
7 ICT Basics


E Safety

NC Strand 9

Computing Basics 1

NC Strands 4

Spreadsheets      NC Strand 5 Website Creation                

NC Strand 3,7 and 8

8 Understanding Computers               NC Strand 1 and 2 Computing Basics 2

NC Strand 5

How Businesses use IT

NC Strand 8

9 Block A –  Computer Science – 5-week block rotation 15 lessons


Hardware, Software, Computer Issues, Networks, Ethics


NC Strands 1,2,5,6 and 9

Block B –  Business Studies – 4-week block rotation 12 lessons


Calculations, Breakeven, Finance Options, Location and Marketing


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KS4 Option Subjects


During Year 9, students have the option to choose either a Computing and (or) Business based options for study for GCSE.

Currently at Erdington Academy, we offer the following option for Computer Science:


OCR GCSE Computer Science 9-1

Over the 2-year course, pupils will be taught the following topics:


Computer Systems covering: Systems Architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, protocols and layers, System security, System software, Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns, Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming, Algorithms, Programming techniques, Producing robust programs, Computational logic, Translators and facilities of languages and Data representation.


Each of these topics will have an end of topic test and there are two mock exams papers that students will sit in February and April (Y11 pupils).  Your child will be provided with an OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science Revision guide to support their independent revision.


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Business Studies – Key Stage 4

Curriculum Overview

The opportunities for students of Business, on completion of full-time education, are vast. There are many careers within the Business world.

The Business courses offer an exciting insight into relevant business theory and concepts supported by vocational examples. It provides an excellent foundation for a broad range of careers and further study in this field.

Currently at Erdington Academy, we offer the following option for Business Studies:

GCSE Edexcel 9-1 in Business

Students in Year 10 will build on knowledge learnt in Year 9 to a greater depth. This qualification consists of 2 themes that pupils will study.


Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.


The following topics will be studied during this qualification:

Theme 1 Theme 2
1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

1.4 Making the business effective

1.5 Understanding external influences on business

2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

2.3 Making product decisions

2.4 Making financial decisions

2.5 Making human resource decisions


The qualification consists of 2 examinations that are both weighted at 50% each. Both examinations will be taken during the final year of the qualification in May/June.


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 Skills School Information Technology Option

Pupils who follow Skills School into KS4 will be complete WJEC ICT Entry Pathways. This course is aimed at giving students the key skills to use IT once they have left school. The course is fully coursework based and is externally moderated either in June or November.


Topics include:

Presentation Software

Word Processing

Spread sheet Software

Using Email

Using the Internet

Online Basics

Useful Links

WJEC – ICT Entry Pathways – https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/ict/ict-entry-pathways/



Current Options being taught to our pupils:

OCR Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies. Current Y10/Y11 Pupils.

Pupils are required to complete a piece of coursework about data handling and then sit an examination in Year 11. Both aspects of this course are worth 50%. Students will have 5 lessons are fortnight with a specialist teacher.

Topics include:

Project Management

Spread sheet Skills

Database Skills

Developments of IT


Useful Links

OCR Cambridge Nationals – http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-nationals-information-technologies-level-1-2-j808/



BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise (Business) Currently Y11 Pupils.

Topics studied:

Students in year 11 are currently studying the new BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise. This consists of three main components which will be delivered by the end of year 11.  In year 11 students will be taught Learning aim A which is titled ‘Examine the characteristics of enterprises’. Students will learn about enterprise, types and characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), purpose of enterprise and all about being an entrepreneur.

In year 11 students will be doing component B which will have students planning for and Running an Enterprise. While in year 11 students will be Promote and Finance for Enterprise.

Students complete both examinations in May/June of the final year of study.

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If you require any further information, please contact your child’s ICT/Computing teacher or the Subject Leader for Computer Science, IT and Business: Mr S Dutton by email: [email protected]