Welcome to the Business and ICT Department
Our Business department aims to give students a clear understanding of a wide range of business topics. We will build and develop students´ knowledge of the business world. Students will gain knowledge to understand the economic climate and system in which they live and work. We will equip them with the skills, knowledge and informed attitudes that will help them to be active members of their community.
Our ICT department aims to develop the skills of our students so they can use ICT effectively and safely in all areas of their learning. We will encourage students to achieve their full potential and recognise routes for specialising in ICT as they progress. As the use of technology increases in all aspects of society creative, productive and confident use of ICT is an essential skill that students require for society today.
|Head of Business/ICT
||Mrs K Naylor
|Teacher of Business/ICT
||Mr M Hazel
ICT - Key Stage 3
Course title: Computing @Key Stage 3
Course Overview: The Key Stage 3 Computing curriculum is divided into 4 strands: programming, IT, Computer science and Staying Safe online
Key Areas Of Study:
- Programming: Students learn how to use four programming languages: two of them text-based (written) and two of them visual (drag-and-drop). Students learn how to use each language to build algorithms and modules to solve problems. Obviously it is easier to solve smaller problems than it is to solve big problems! Students will learn how to split big problems into smaller, easier ones, then put the smaller algorithms together to solve the big problems.
- Information Technology: using data that form "computational abstractions" from real life, including qualitative data such as bird numbers in the UK and sports data, and qualitative data such as people´s opinions of their own country compared to others. You will learn how to organise and analyse the data and draw conclusions, then apply this in creating a system to hold your own data.
- Computer Science: you will learn how computers store text and images as data, and how computers sort and search through that data. You will understand how computers work on the inside.
- Staying Safe Online: you will learn the key rules to using online technology safely, respectfully, responsibly, ethically and securely.
Course Length: 2 years
Progression to: Progress to BTEC Information & Creative Technology
- Robot club
- Catch up when required
ICT - Key stage 4
OCR Creative I Media
There are four units studied
- Unit 1: Pre-production skills. You will understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector which will develop your understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
- Unit 2: Creating Digital graphics. You will understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. You will examine where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. You will have an understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.
- Unit 3: Creating a multipage website. You will understand the properties and features of webpages. Planning a range of webpages will be developed before a creating multipage websites using multimedia components. Finally you will review and make any required changes to the website.
- Unit 4: Creating Digital Animation. You will understand the uses and properties of interactive multimedia products. You will be able to plan interactive multimedia products them create the interactive multimedia products. Finally you will carry out a review of the products.
- 3 units internally assessed
- 1 unit is an exam externally assessed
Course length - 3 years
- Level 3 courses at college
Business Studies - Key stage 4
Btec Tech Award in Enterprise
There are three compulsory units
- Unit 1: Exploring Enterprises. You will examine different enterprises to develop your knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and skills needed by entrepreneurs.
- Unit 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity. You will select an enterprise idea to plan and pitch for. You will work in a small group to run a micro-enterprise activity, and will develop your skills in operating and reviewing the success of the enterprise.
- Unit 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise. You will explore different promotional methods used by enterprise and factors that influence how enterprises identify with their target market. Financial documents will be explored to monitor and improve performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for their success.
- 2 units internally assessed
- 1 unit is an exam externally assessed
Course length - 3 years
Business Studies - Key Stage 5
Btec Nationals Extended Certificate in Business
4 units of two years
- Unit 1: Exploring Business. You will research the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them successful. You will carry out an investigation into how businesses are organised and examine the environment in which businesses operate in. The Business markets will be examined, followed by an Investigate into the role and contribution of innovation and enterprise to business success
- Unit 2: Developing a Marketing campaign. You will understand of marketing principles, concepts, processes, key terms, data sources and definition. An Analysis marketing information and data, demonstrating the ability to interpret the potential impact and influence on marketing campaigns will be carried out. You will evaluate evidence to make informed judgements about how a marketing campaign should be planned, developed and adapted in light of changing circumstances. Followed by developing a marketing campaign with appropriate justification, synthesising ideas and evidence from several sources to support arguments.
- Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business and personal finance principles, concepts, key terms, functions and theories. Knowledge and understanding of financial issues and accounting processes to real-life business and personal scenarios will be applied. You analyse business and personal financial information and data, demonstrating the ability to interpret the potential impact and outcome in context. You will go onto evaluate how financial information and data can be used, and interrelate, in order to justify conclusions related to business and personal finance
- Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process. You will examine how effective recruitment and selection contribute to business success. You will undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer. Finally you will reflect on the recruitment and selection process and your individual performance.
- Two units are internally assessed
- Two units are exam and externally assessed
Course length - 2 years