Business Studies and Computing

Leader Mr M Clews

Teacher of ICT - C Hadley

Teacher of Business and ICT – A Harding

Departmental Vision

The need for expertise in and an understanding of Information Communication Technology is vital for our life in the 21st century.  Students studying ICT will develop skills which will not only develop their creativity and innovation, but enable them to work in a variety of business workplaces.

The department is always prepared to take on new initiatives as we believe that students deserve to be exposed to the latest developments as early as possible in their school career in order to prepare them for higher education or the world of work.

The Business and Computing Department teaches discrete exam courses including A level, BTEC and the ECDL. At Key Stage 3 students have two lessons a fortnight in Years 7 and 8, having the opportunity to work on developing their computing and ICT literacy skills,

The LRC allows students access to computers before school, break times, lunch times and after school until 4pm in order to complete school work. IT suites are open by arrangement for students to complete their coursework, both at lunch times and after school. Every member of staff and every pupil are provided with access to a professional e-mail system and user area. 90% of IT/Computing notes and other resources are available on Moodle for students to access in school and at home.

Students will learn how to use a variety of software and will learn about databases, the internet, presentations, spreadsheets, word processing, web authoring, graphics and audio software.

Students will be encouraged to select digital applications appropriately and for high- quality outcomes, developing project management skills, freeing up their work from paper, making it organised, searchable, dynamic and transportable.

KS3 Overview (what is taught in KS3)

KS3 Computing focuses on introducing students to the components of a computer and the logical processes that make up computing applications. As well as using common software applications (such as those listed below), students will also make use of more specialist computing programming software. Students will be encouraged to explore the use of different computing languages.

Word processing

Spreadsheets

Databases

Presentations

Desk Top Publishing

Web Design

Graphics

Web Browsing 

The packages used encourage the students to be creative, to explore, express, exchange, evaluate, exhibit and develop their ICT skills base.

KS4 Overview (what is taught in KS4)

ICT is a popular option choice for study in Years 10 and 11, with it being compulsory for all students in Year 9. The course, which is available at KS4, is the ECDL course which will offer students the ability to develop their ICT literacy skills; however they are assessed in 4 module exams which make up this subject. These exams will take place at various stages throughout the course.

Business is a popular course with students in years 9, 10 and 11. The course follows the BTEC First Award in Business and has a good success rate. Students have to complete 3 pieces of coursework, as well as one exam on the topic of business finance. Students who complete this course typically go on to study Business at further education or go out into the world of work or apprenticeships.