The ICT faculty has 4 specialist teachers who currently deliver Computer Science, ICT and Business Studies. All faculty staff encourage students to develop lifelong skills in readiness for the world of work.
Students in years 7 will cover an introduction into advanced ICT Skills, including key topics such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and e-Safety
Year 8 are studying an introductory course looking at the fundamental principles of Computers, enhancing this knowledge with various programming techniques using BBC Microbits and Python.
We deliver the OCR GCSE Computer Science in Year 9 and Year 10. The course we offer encourages and understand of fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Students also learn skills to allow them to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs. In order to fully achieve students will need to be able to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. Students will leave this course with an understanding of the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems. They will also be able to understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society, and apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.
Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives, from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says “the computer made a mistake”, studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge.
Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth of the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.
This course is suitable for those students preparing for further education in this subject or employment in the computing industry. An increasing number of universities and employers see successful completion of a computer science course as a sign of academic well-roundedness. Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world then study computer science.
Business Studies allows students to gain an understanding of the world of work and the way businesses operate. Students will consider all issues and institutions that affect everyday life. There are 3 units of study.
Unit 1 – Introduction to Business: This enables students to understand the skills needed to set-up, run and work in a small business. Students will investigate the purpose of business and how to spot a business opportunity. Students will develop ideas on putting a business idea into practice and will also consider the whole economy.
Unit 2 – Investigating Business: The aim of this unit is to enable students to investigate and research a business problem and identify suitable solutions.
Unit 3 – Building a Business: This unit looks at the management of a business. Students will investigate financial and people management. Assess the role of marketing and the wider world affecting business – also prepares students for adult life.
This Business Studies qualification allows students to gain an understanding of the world of work and the way businesses operate. Students are able to explore real-life businesses and scenarios within the course and its assessments. This is a two year option with students being accredited at the end of year 10
Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World: This unit introduces you to the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success. Students will explore different types of business ownership and how these relate to the size and scale of a business, as well as how the type of ownership impacts on the responsibilities of the owners of a business. Combined with looking at types of business model, students can begin to understand how diverse the world of business is.
Unit 2 – Finance for Business: Students will examine how businesses plan for success and learn about the techniques used to assist the planning process. In particular, students will learn how to calculate the break-even point – the point at which sales equal costs (fixed and variable). All sales over the break-even point produce profits, while any drop in sales below that point will produce losses. Students will be introduced to the benefits of breakeven analysis to ensure that a business knows how and when to prevent losses.
Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand: Students will consider the important role of promotion and its place within the marketing mix. They will discover that promotion is a communication process, involving the sending and receiving of messages via a particular medium. It is not enough to have excellent products on offer at competitive prices; the benefits of these products must be clearly communicated to customers in order to encourage sales and, ultimately, make a profit.
Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment: Students will be introduced to the variety of job roles that exist within businesses and the various functions that are performed by individual roles, as well as the types of organisational structures used in businesses. Students will take part in mock interviews in preparation for the real business world.
This course links the real world with a GCSE equivalent qualification. It is awarded by The London Institute of Banking & Finance, which is a well-respected financial body. Students gain knowledge about the practical uses of money, the methods of organising their money through personal budgeting, the effective use of bank accounts and the consequences of debt. Students will understand credit cards, mortgages and taxation; it will cover all aspects of personal finance. The course will enable students to effectively solve real day-to-day problems which they may encounter as an adult.
There are three units of study:
Unit 1 – Finance, the Individual and Society: Students will understand the role of the citizen in the UK, the values held by citizens, and the impact they have on personal finance. The unit will also provide students with an understanding of the contribution of an individual to the economy of a country and the impact of external factors on personal financial plans.
Unit 2 – Practices of Managing Money: Students will understand the concept of financial planning and personal financial budgets. The unit will also provide students with an understanding of the impact on both the individual and society of spending and borrowing.
Unit 3 – Financial Capability, Work and Enterprise: This unit has been designed to provide students with an understanding of how businesses manage money and the relationship between personal money management and business money management. The unit will also provide knowledge on the inter-relationship between the individual and business.
The below links are homework and revision materials for KS4 Computer Science and Business Studies.
“Great preparation for further education”
“I really enjoyed working in groups”
“I found the course really interesting. It has helped me to understand the importance of work and money”
“I now understand how businesses work”
“I now want to set-up my own business”
“I have learned so much in ICT. I feel so much more confident to tackle any computer problem now. Thank you”
“The computer skills I have learned this year will help me in any profession I choose to follow”