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Business & Computer Science

Staff in this department are committed to:

  • Ensuring that all students become confident and competent users of ICT;
  • Motivating and exciting students about the possibilities that Computer Science has to offer;
  • Guiding individuals to become independent and inter – dependent users of ICT;
  • Encouraging pupils to take an interest in current news and events.
  • Giving pupils an appreciation of the importance of business and economics locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Supporting students in all aspects of their learning to achieve their potential;
  • Enabling students to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Encouraging students to become purposeful team members and to help students be successful in their chosen courses

Students in KS3 follow a programme of study which is adapted to suit the needs of all learners and progress is mapped through all three years.

Courses offered at KS4 and KS5 – Vocational BTEC Qualifications in Business and Information Creative Technologies at Level 2 and Level 3 and, the ifs Level 2 Certificate in Personal Finance, GCSE ICT, NCFE in Business Studies and GCSE Computer Science.

ICT KS 3, 4, 5

ICT capability is an essential skill for life and enables learners to participate in a rapidly changing world. ICT is designed to equip young people with the ability to use technological tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information in a variety of contexts. The effective use of ICT also enhances the learning power of students by developing their creative and thinking skills, collaboration and independent learning.

In the lower school IT is taught on the core curriculum covering topics from computer programming, to animation, modelling and data handling, using a variety of teaching techniques. In Year 9 pupils will follow an ICT skills based course.  This course is designed to provide our students with a range of transferable skills which enable them to be successful in other curriculum areas and in future education or employment.  It is our intention that every pupil will be entered for a qualification at the end of the year, the 'Gold Ingot' Award, which will be recognised by colleges and businesses and has value in terms of equivalent GCSE points.

ICT courses at KS5 are both challenging and demanding and students will need to be fully committed to completing work at home and after school in order to achieve at the highest level.

Business Studies Subjects KS4, KS5

Business is an important area as the subject is relevant to every facet of life. It provides students with key experiences and allows them to learn a host of different skills which are transferable in the working world of business and across the school curriculum, giving the students a truly balanced education in the disciplines.

Business Studies is a popular subject within the Academy with a large number of our students studying Business at Sixth Form. Both the NCFE and BTEC courses demand a high level of engagement and dedication. With your subject teachers you will experience numerous business concepts that are used by small organisations right through to multinational organisations. Through this enriching curriculum you will experience what it takes to own, run and be part of a business environment.

Computer Science KS 3, 4, 5

Computer Science gives students an essential skill for life and enables learners to participate and contribute in a rapidly changing world.  Computer Science is designed to equip young people with the ability to use technological tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information in a variety of contexts. The effective use of Computer Science also enhances the learning power of students by developing their creative and thinking skills, collaboration and independent learning.

In the lower school Computer Science is taught on the core curriculum covering topics from computer programming to animation, modelling and data handling, using a variety of teaching techniques. In Year 9 pupils will follow a Computer Science skills based course.  This will prepare students for the two year GCSE Computer Science and help further develop their skills in the areas of programming languages, hardware, software, computational modelling, networks and security.  This course is designed to provide our students with a range of transferable skills which enable them to be successful in other curriculum areas and in future education or employment.  Computing Science courses at KS5 are both challenging and demanding and students will need to be fully committed to completing work at home and after school in order to achieve at the highest level.

Useful Links

Pearson produce a Computer Science Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Revision Guide and Workbook available online via Pearson or Amazon or that can be ordered from any good book shop!

Good resource specifically designed for GCSE students studying code using Python: www.usingpython.com

Python’s own tutorial for ALL ages: www.learnpython.org

Python can also be downloaded securely and safely to your desktop from the Python website: www.python.org/downloads/