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Business, IT and Computing

Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence

Computing

  • Mrs G Vickers: Head of Business. IT and Computing
  • Mr J Walker-Hall
  • Mr D Kingsley

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.
 
Key Stage 3

In KS3 we have units designed to challenge and engage students with new skills for learning. Our aim is to enable them to be independent learners with their digital literacy and computational thinking across subjects. The students move up from KS3 having learned and practice a range of skills, knowledge and understanding. Beginning with PC basics and how computer systems work students produce learning evidence that enhances a wide range of digital literacy skills.

Year 7

  • PC Basics
  • E-Safety
  • Programming
  • Spreadsheet 

Year 8

  • Scratch
  • Programming
  • Website design
  • Programming (Apps)
  • Databases

 

Key Stage 4
 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 the new Computing Program of study. This focusses on computer systems,computational thinking, problem solving and programming. Students will be able to program in a target language (Python). It will give them a good grounding in Computer 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 specific topic, for example; networks. A Non Examined Assessment (NEA) programming task worth 20% is completed in exam conditions within the classroom.
 
This qualification supports progress to gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Providing excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science, and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. This course supports progress to further study, including GCEs, BTECs and Diplomas in IT, Computing and related subjects.


Option 2 – The New GCSE (9-1) in Business.

Business is a new qualification that links to the world of work and provides students with a real insight into the dynamic nature of business.Students will gain valuable employability skills and also develop a real understanding of how businesses work. The content is divided into two themes:
 


Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. This is intended to provide a framework for students to explore core concepts 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 and vital to the UK economy. Production of digital media products is a requirement of 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, for example, website creation, allowing us to offer students a course that will motivate them, appeal to range of learning styles and allow students to demonstrate their ability and passion.