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“Be kind to geeks, you’ll probably end up working for one!” Bill Gates.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Colin Powell.
The department has designed a variety of courses across the curriculum to meet pupils' needs and expectations and to give them a greater understanding of Business, ICT and Computing in the 21st Century. Pupils now have the opportunity to explore what is behind the technology that they use every day. With the rapid progression in technology we see it vital to prepare our pupils for further education and have recently introduced programming into the curriculum. Pupils can expect to learn a programming language and create computer games.
Pupils of business will have the opportunity to plan and develop ideas for their own business as well as exploring different functional areas within business. Pupils focus in particular on what it looks like to deliver excellent customer service, how to plan for and manage the recruitment process reflecting on their own future career plans and learn how to create and interpret key financial documents. Opportunities are provided to engage with a range of businesses and in the real world.
Director of Technologies: Mr C Verrall ([email protected])
Key stage 3 ICT and computer science
“I really like ICT now, my teacher has helped me a lot this year even though I struggle with ICT normally.” Ethan.
In Key Stage 3 ICT and computer science have been combined so that our pupils can choose the correct pathway for them at GCSE level. Should you choose to opt for our subject you can expect to learn the following topics:
Key stage 4 ICT and computer science
“This is definitely one of my favourite subjects. I have enjoyed creating a spreadsheet to manage finances the most out of the tasks that we have done so far.” - Jasmin year 10
We currently offer pupils the opportunity to study the BTEC first award in ICT. This course is directed at pupils that prefer the creative multimedia side of ICT. Pupils can expect to learn how to create graphics, videos and websites as well as a comprehensive understanding of the Microsoft Office suite.
Below is a breakdown of the units offered:
Key stage 4 business studies
“I chose Business because I thought it would open up more pathways for my future. The topic I have enjoyed the most is understanding what happens behind the scenes in a business.” - Tanzina year 11.
We aim to provide our pupils with a combination of sound industry knowledge. Pupils will develop their skills in communication, literacy, numeracy and team working. The skills learnt in studying Business will aid progression to further study or prepare pupils to enter the workplace.
We currently offer the following units:
Key stage 5 ICT and computer science
“My favourite part of the course so far was creating a website. I now feel that I have the confidence to build websites for my family.” Harrison year 13.
In year 12 we offer pupils the opportunity to study the BTEC level 3 national extended certificate in information technology. This course follows on nicely from our BTEC first award in ICT option offered in year 10. The course will allow you to develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
Below is a breakdown of the units offered:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will also examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
You will examine the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
You will explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services. You will develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements. Finally, you will implement the use of social media in a business.
Unit 6: Website Development
You will begin to understand the principles of website development. You will then design a website to meet client requirements. Finally, you will develop a website to meet client requirements.
Key stage 5 business studies
“I wish I had picked Business earlier on. My teacher is very supportive and has helped me reach a Distinction in my Business Studies coursework.” Ben year 12.
In key stage 5 we have recently moved across to the new NQF BTEC course for business studies. The course follows on from our key stage 4 option. Pupils of business will have the opportunity to plan and develop ideas for their own business as well as exploring different functional areas within business. In the first year of this course pupils focus in particular the successes and failures of marketing campaigns with a view to creating their own. Opportunities are provided to engage with a range of businesses in the real world.
We currently offer pupils the chance to study the following topics:
Useful web links or books:
KS3 Computer Science Revision - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvc9q6f
KS4 Computer Science Revision - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
KS4 ICT Revision - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk
KS4 Business Revision - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82
Learn Programming - https://www.codecademy.com/
Learn Block Programming - https://scratch.mit.edu/
BBC MicroBit - http://microbit.org/
KS4 Business Studies - https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/business-2012-nqf.html
KS5 Business Studies - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/business-2016.html
Hour of Code - https://code.org/learn