Computing & Business

Curriculum Intent

The Computing & Business department is linked to the whole school theme of STEM & Digital Technology.

Our intent is to develop the digital literacy, problem solving and enterprise skills of all Alder Grange pupils.

Digital Literacy
Starting in KS3, pupils are taught how to use IT safely and effectively, so that these skills can be utilised in all subjects at Alder Grange. This includes creating documents; communicating online; using the Internet.
Developing digital literacy skills is a key aspect of helping to develop Alder Grange pupils in to good citizens.

Problem Solving
Computer Science extends digital literacy by focusing on why and how software works, not just how to use software. The knowledge gained in Computer Science helps to develop perseverance and independence so that Alder Grange pupils can solve problems that they have not encountered before.

Enterprise Skills
Our 10-week project based course in KS3, provides an opportunity for Alder Grange pupils to develop their teamwork and communication skills. These skills are developed alongside a understanding of how business works, which is preparing pupils for the world of work.

The foundation offered at KS3 helps Alder Grange pupils to make informed choices about their next options as they progress to KS4 and KS5.

Developing whole school digital skills is carried out through offering iDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) to all year groups, outside of lessons. This is so that Alder Grange pupils who do not choose a Computing option, can still develop their digital literacy, problem solving and enterprise skills.

Computing & Business

Curriculum Team

Curriculum Leader: Mr. Hackett | Leads KS3 Computing. KS4 Computer Science. KS5 Computer Science.

Subject Teacher: Mrs. Wood | Leads Cambridge Technicals in IT and KS3 IT/Business Carousel.

Subject Teacher: Mrs. Huddart | Leads Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise & Marketing / BTEC Business.

For further information or to discuss any subject within the department, at any key stage, get in touch via email: phackett@aldergrange.lancs.sch.uk

Useful Links

OCR GCSE Computer Science (J277)

Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise & Marketing (J819)

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia (J817)

OCR A-Level Computer Science (H446)

Cambridge Technicals in IT Extended Certificate (5839)

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business (601/7159/5)

Careers / Future Options

There are a massive range of future study and careers options available following study of these subjects.

All KS3 lessons support the learning in the relevant subject at KS4.

The learning and skills developed in KS5 IT / Computer Science lessons support further studying at university or entry into the IT sector.

The learning and skills developed in Business Studies lessons support further studying at university, entry into business roles or self-employment.

Business Skills

I want to start my own business

Coding is the future

Coding is the future. I love learning to code. I want to be a games designer when I am older.