Business and Computer Science

Welcome to Business, ICT and Computer Science

The department is staffed by 6 specialist teachers who deliver Business, Computer Science and ICT lessons from KS3 to KS5. The Computer Science classrooms are fully equipped with both up-to-date Windows PCs and also Raspberry Pi computers and microcontrollers used to teach students the basics in programming. We are also one of the largest departments at the Post 16 Centre offering a range of A level courses.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The Computer Science course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE Computer Science course in Key Stage 4.

In Year 7, students learn the fundamentals of ICT and how to use computers effectively and safely. Topics include E-Safety, graphic design skills using Photoshop, how to use a variety of Office programs, and finally beginning to learn the basics of programming using the BBC micro:bit microcontroller.

In Year 8, students develop their knowledge of computer science and the basic principles of how modern technology works. The year begins with theory unit which covers topics such as the binary number system, the hardware and components of computers systems, basic networking technologies, and the difference between open and closed source software.

From here students develop the computer programming skills introduced at the end of Year 7. The aim is to cover the key concepts of computer science in a practical and hands on way, by using the physical computing abilities of the Raspberry Pi. Students will learn about concepts such as sequencing, selection and iteration, by connecting the Raspberry Pi computers to LEDs, motors and buttons to bring their programs to life.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr D Smith, 2nd in Faculty

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science

We deliver the new 9-1 specification OCR GCSE Computer Science at KS4. This course encourages and understand of fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. The course also requires students to learn skills to allow them to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs. To succeed in this course, it is essential that students be able to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr D Smith, 2nd in Faculty

Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT

General Comments:

This course is suitable to the practical learner who wants to create a range of products with different types of software. It is suited to a creative person who can come up with their own ideas for a specific scenario.

Assessment:

  • Unit 1 – Written Examination – 25% – 1 hour
  • Unit 2 – Internal Assessment (Coursework) – 25%
  • Unit 3 – Internal Assessment (Coursework) – 25%
  • Unit 6 – Internal Assessment (Coursework) – 25%

Course Description:
Unit 1: Understanding Computer Systems (Mandatory Unit)
This unit will help students learn how different ICT applications and how they can be used to meet different business needs. It will look at different types of computing devices and their uses and well as the software that they use. The unit also looks at how data is captured and the different security measures that can be used to protect this data. Finally, the unit will examine the legal and ethical issues that affect how people use computing devices.

Unit 2: Using ICT to create business solutions (Mandatory Unit)
This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that will equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. Learners will use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace, schools and in further and higher education. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to complete tasks to meet specific needs. They will learn how to use software tools to handle data and communicate information for an intended audience. They will also develop skills in searching selecting and storing information for a range of contexts.

Unit 3: Handling data using spreadsheets
This unit will help the learner to process and present data into meaningful information that can be used to support the decision-making process in real life scenarios.
The learning is important because spreadsheets are used extensively in businesses or a variety of purposes such as budgeting, cost modelling, reporting, trend analysis and forecasting. Spreadsheets are very effective at performing automatic calculations e.g. for displaying information to highlight relationships, for predicting outcomes by changing data, for numerical analyses and to create informative graphs and charts. Learners will create a spreadsheet to provide a solution to a given scenario which will provide the facility for the user to create and manipulate data and to produce graphs and/or charts to support decision making.

Unit 6: Creating Digital Images
This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable them to create, edit, enhance and save different types of digital images. We live, learn, work and play in a very visual world. Whether we like it or not digital images influence our actions and thoughts – persuading us to buy one product instead of another, instructing us to go this way rather than that, explaining a complicated scientific concept and portraying an emotion or expressing a feeling using powerful digital art. With or without words successful digital images will convey their message effectively so that the viewer receives and understands it – and can then act upon it.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr D Smith, 2nd in Faculty

GCSE Business Studies

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.

Assessment

  • Unit 1 – Multiple Choice Examination – 25% (45 mins)
  • Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment – 25%
  • Unit 3 – Written Examination – 50% (2 hours)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr P Jones

Certificate in Finance Education

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.

Assessment:

  • Unit 1 – Multiple Choice Examination – 33%
  • Unit 2 – Multiple Choice Examination – 33%
  • Unit 3 – Data Response Examination – 33%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr P Jones

GCSE Business Communications

Business Communications is a combination of Business Studies and ICT. There are three distinct elements to the course.

Unit 8 – This is the Business section of the course. This has three sections Business Administration, Business Communication and Human Resources.

Unit 9 – This is the learning of range of computer skills, such as the use of word, power-point, databases and web building skills tested in an online exam. It is the practical skills that students need in the modern world.

Unit 10 – This a piece of work combines ICT skills and Business knowledge in a project; students apply both their knowledge of Business and their ICT skills to plan a local Business opportunity.

Assessment:

  • Unit 8 – Written Paper 1 hour – 40%
  • Unit 9 – Computer Based Interactive Exam 1 ½ hours 35%
  • Unit 10 – Controlled Assessment – 25%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr P Jones

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business

Theme 1 – Investigating Small Business: Students will understand the key concepts, issues and skills of running a small business. These consist of spotting business opportunities, putting an idea into practice and examining external influences on business.

Theme 2 – Building a Business: Students will focus on decision making in business by focusing on marketing, finance and human resource operations. These will be explored on a local, national and global scale.

GCSE Business is assessed in the following way:

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Enrichment Opportunities for Business and Computer Science

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.