- Mrs G Vickers: Head of Business. IT and Computing
- Mr J Walker-Hall
- Mr D Kingsley
at the core of learning
Each Student receives a large user network area and personalised intranet service allowing them to learn both in school and at home. In additional bespoke IT curriculum suites situated in U Block the school also has many shared IT resource suites throughout the school.
In KS3 we have units designed to challenge and engage students with newskills for learning. Our aim is to enable them to be independent learners whouse their digital literacy and computational thinking across subjects. The studentsmove up from KS3 having learned and practiced a range of skills, knowledge andunderstanding. Beginning with PC basics and how computer systems work studentsproduce learning evidence that enhances a wide range of digital literacy skills.
- Year 7
- PC Basics
- Year 8
- Website design
- Programming (Apps)
KS4 consists of 3 option choices: Computer Science, Business and CreativeIT
Option 1 – OCR GCSE Computer Science
This is a new course for first assessment in June 2018 as part of thenew Computing Program of study. This focusses on computer systems,computational thinking, problem solving and programming. Students will be ableto program in a target language (Python). It will give them a good grounding inComputer Science and it should enable them to use this in a future career path.
The course is split into small manageable blocks that focus on a specifictopic, for example; networks. A Non Examined Assessment (NEA) programming taskworth 20% is completed in exam conditions within the classroom.
This qualification supports progress to gives learners a real, in-depthunderstanding of how computer technology works. Providing excellent preparationfor higher study and employment in Computer Science, and develops criticalthinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. This course supports progress tofurther study, including GCEs, BTECs and Diplomas in IT, Computing and relatedsubjects.
Option 2 – The New GCSE (9-1) in Business.
Business is a new qualification that links to the world of work andprovides students with a real insight into the dynamic nature of business.Students will gain valuable employability skills and also develop a realunderstanding of how businesses work. The content is divided intotwo themes:
Theme 1 concentrates on the keybusiness concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a smallbusiness. This is intended to provide a framework for students to explore coreconcepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.
Theme 2 examines how a business beyond the start-up phase. This theme 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.
Option 3: OCR Level 2 Cambridge National certificate in Creative iMedia
Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives andvital to the UK economy. Production of digital media products is a requirementof almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce. This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.
The mandatory units of pre-production and creating digital graphics underpin the qualification and reflect key industry skills. The pre-production skills unit is assessed through an examination and contributes 25% of the marks for the qualification.
The wide range of optional units cover different media disciplines, forexample, website creation, allowing us to offer students a course that willmotivate them, appeal to range of learning styles and allow students to demonstrate their ability and passion.