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 Team and Facilities

The Faculty is a thriving part of the school community and currently has six members of staff offering Business Studies, Economics ICT and Computer Science.

Location and facilities:

We are situated in the Sixth Form Block.

All teaching takes place in 6 classrooms which are all are computer suites (over 150 computer terminals) with interactive electronic whiteboards. Four of the six classrooms are dedicated to Computer Science and ICT and are equipped with the latest software to enable implementation of the new computing curriculum. The other 2 classrooms are Business Studies and Economics rooms and they also come with computers and laptops.

Every pupil is provided with hard disk storage space on the school intranet.

An extensive range of resources for all three subjects has been built up within the Faculty.

KEY STAGE 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum for computer science aims to ensure that all pupils:-

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computational thinking and computer science.
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms and have practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • Gain a sound understanding of E-Safety and the use of virtual learning platforms.

Examples of subject specific content that pupils will be taught include:-

Coding through Kodu, simple programming using Python, Flowol, Small basic, spreadsheet modelling, Animation in Flash and Photoshop and App Development.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum for Business Studies is offered from Year 9 and aims to introduce Business concepts and functional areas through enterprise and business planning models. This builds a solid foundation for the two year specification that begins in year 10.

KEY STAGE 4

Pupils who opt for Information Technology/computer science at this Stage for their GCSE, will continue to develop on skills and knowledge gained at KS3 and follow one of the following pathways:-

Computer Science AQA
Information & Communication Technology Edexcel
Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Applications Skills  

Pupils who opt for the Business Studies pathway will continue to build on knowledge and skills gained in year 9 and complete the following course:-

Business Studies

Edexcel

Pupils will also be prepared for progression through various future career talks to enable them to make informed decisions for Level 3 courses and beyond.

KEY STAGE 5

ICT/COMPUTER SCIENCE

The study of ICT and computer science at KS5 provides an insight into the significance and relevance of computers, applications and communications in the work environment and everyday life. Students gain a range of skills that are transferrable to the work place and relevant for everyday life.

Pupils who opt for Information & communications technology /computer science at this Stage for their A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications, will follow one of the following pathways:-

A level Information & communication technology (ICT) AQA
Or  
OCR Cambridge Technicals in ICT Level 3 vocational course OCR

The vocational route offers the equivalent of one (single), two (double) or three (triple) A Level equivalent qualifications. Pupils can combine the vocational course with other A Level courses offered in the school or an enriched A Level experience.

BUSINESS STUDIES

At this stage, Business Studies gives students the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of many business theories and concepts and how these are applied in everyday management of business and their effect on society. Students gain a critical understanding of organisations and the markets they serve. They also gain a range of transferrable skills, including decision making in the light of business information. Students will also develop the ability to interpret data presented in written and numerical forms, from which they will draw conclusions.

Pupils who opt for the Business Studies pathway will cover

Business Studies

Edexcel

ECONOMICS

Economics gives students the opportunity to gain a good knowledge and understanding of the tools of economic analysis and the problems to which these tools are applied. Students acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of economic principles, theories and concepts, which will enable them to assess and evaluate economic problems. Students will also develop the ability to interpret data presented in written, numerical and graphical forms, from which they will draw conclusions.

Pupils who opt for the Economics pathway will cover

Economics A

Edexcel

All A Level Pupils will also be prepared for progression through various careers’ talks and university visits to enable them to make informed decisions for Level 4 courses and beyond.

 

SUBJECT

YEAR GROUP

EXAM BOARD

SPECIFICATION

Business Studies 9-11 Edexcel GCSE Business (2017) (1BSO)
Business Studies 12-13 Edexcel GCE Business (2015) (9BSO) 
Computing 7-8 Edexcel  
Computing 9 BCS Level 1ECDL Certificate in IT User Skills (QCF) (601/1236/0)
IT GCSE Pathways 9-11 OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)
IT GCSE Pathways 9-11 Edexcel L1/2 Technical Award In Digital Information Technology (603/2740/6)
IT Pathways 12 Edexcel BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology (601/7575/8)