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.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The ICT course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access a range of vocational and academic courses in Key Stage 4. 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 several key topics including spreadsheets, databases and E-safety.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr. D. Wilson-Wardle – Head of Technologies Faculty

Key Stage 4

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

OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science 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.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr. D. Wilson-Wardle – Head of Technologies Faculty

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Business (QN 603/0295/1)

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Business is an up-to-date and engaging qualification that is relevant to the world of business today. This qualification equips learners with the skills and confidence to explore how different business situations affect business decisions. It is a well-rounded introduction to the subject. The qualification will encourage learners to make informed choices about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop life skills that enable them to become financially and commercially aware.

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Business is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr. D. Wilson-Wardle – Head of Technologies Faculty

Pearson BTEC First Level 1 / Level 2 in Business (QN 600/4786/0)

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business has been developed in the business sector to encourage personal development of knowledge and skills relevant to the business world through practical participation in a range of vocational business activities.

Learners gain a wider understanding and appreciation of the broad range of business specialisms through selection of optional specialist units – these are outlined below. Throughout the course, learners are encouraged to develop their people, communication, planning and team working skills.

Pearson BTEC First Level 1 / Level 2 in Business is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr. D. Wilson-Wardle – Head of Technologies Faculty

Enrichment Opportunities for ICT and Business Studies
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

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.

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