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Computing and Business

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

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.

YEARAutumn IAutumn IISpring ISpring IISummer ISummer II
7ICT Basics



E Safety


NC Strand 9

Computing Basics 1


NC Strands 4

Spreadsheets      NC Strand 5Website Creation                


NC Strand 3,7 and 8

8Understanding Computers               NC Strand 1 and 2Computing Basics 2


NC Strand 5

How Businesses use IT


NC Strand 8

9Block 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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