ICT and Business Studies

The ICT and Business Studies department has three specialist teachers who currently deliver ICT, Computer Science and Business Studies. Students develop lifelong skills in readiness for the world of work.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students are introduced to the fundamental principles of computers, enhancing this knowledge with an introduction to various programming techniques using Scratch and Python. They also complete projects covering a number of key topics including spreadsheets, databases and E-safety.

Key Stage 4

Computer Science GCSE (9-1) – OCR (QAN code 6018355X)

From September 2016, students study the OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science syllabus. The course is relevant to the modern, changing world of computing and is designed to boost computing skills essential for 21st century. Students use their new-found programming skills on an independent coding project by solving a real-world problem of their choice.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
Computing GCSEOCR

Computing GCSEOCR (QAN code 50082917)

OCR GCSE Computing is 60% controlled assessment and 40% written examination. There are two controlled assessments (30%) each, one controlled assessment involves a programming project where students design, develop and test solutions to meet the brief set by the exam board. The second controlled assessment is a practical investigation; students will investigate an area of computer science and answer a series of tasks to demonstrate understanding.

The written examination is 1 hour 30 minutes in length and covers the fundamentals of computer systems, hardware, software, databases, networks and programming.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
Computing GCSEOCR

Information and Communication Technology GCSE – Edexcel (QAN code 50075755)

Students of our Edexcel GCSE in ICT will learn about current and emerging digital technology and its impact on our lives, working with a range of tools and techniques and exploring interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases. 

The course is 60% controlled assessment and 40% written examination. The controlled assessment is based on a brief released by the exam board. The written examination is 1 hour 30 minutes in length and explores how digital technology affects the world we live in.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
ICT GCSE – Edexcel

NCFE Business & Enterprise (QAN code 60100485)

This course is designed for learners who want an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and hands-on element. It has been developed to enthuse and inspire learners about a career in business and enterprise. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to either set up their own business, move into employment or progress onto further study.

Students complete four units:

Unit 01 Introduction to business and enterprise
Unit 02 Marketing for business and enterprise
Unit 03 Finance for business and enterprise
Unit 04 Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
NCFE Business & Enterprise

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

Students across the year groups focus on the safe use of ICT and in particular staying safe online.

Students study a wide range of topics which promote an understanding of moral and social issues. Students look at the impact that ICT has on society and explore the implications of this.

Department Staff

Mr. D. Wilson-Wardle – Head of ICT & Computing
Mrs. S. Rashid – Teacher of ICT & Computing
Mr. A. Maher – Teacher of ICT & Computing

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