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.

ICT and Computer Science are different disciplines. Below are the key areas of each discipline:

ICT – In ICT, students will learn relevant skills and use programs in the (word processing, spreadsheets, and). Students will also learn creative skills such as graphic design, web design, animation and video. The theory looks at the ‘online world’ and how we use technology in everyday life.

• Computer Science – in Computer Science students look ‘under the bonnet’. They will learn about the hardware in a computer, how computers send and receive data, number systems and logic and computational thinking. Students will also learn how to program and through programming will develop key skills in problem solving and resilience by creating programs and debugging problems. There is a significant amount of Mathematics content in Computer Science.

Staff

Mr P Jones – Head of faculty and Teacher of Business
Mr A Cooper – Second in faculty and Teacher of Computing
Mrs K Hamshaw – Teacher of Business
Mrs T Motson – Teacher of Business & Vice Principal
Mr C Sutton – Teacher of Business
Mr M Gilbert – Teacher of Computing

Key Stage 3

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

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science

• Computer Systems
• Computational Thinking
• Algorithms
• Programming

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science is assessed with two exams at the end of the course. Each exam counts for 50% of the final grade. Learners must complete a piece of programming coursework, but this does not count towards the final grade.

OCR Cambridge National in Creative iMedia

• R081 – Prep-productions skills Written exam (75 minutes)
• R082 – Creating Digital Graphics Controlled Assessment
• R087 – Creating Interactive Multimedia products Controlled Assessment
• R088 – Creating a Digital Sound Sequence Controlled Assessment

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

Key Stage 5

OCR Computer Science

Programming: Students study the fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms and the theory of computation. This unit tests a student’s ability to programme, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content.

Computing Fundamentals: Fundamentals of data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, consequences of the uses of computing, communication and networking, databases and big data.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Martin Gilbert

Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in ICT

Fundamentals of IT and Global information: These units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector, as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, as well as the important legal and security considerations.

Students can follow one of the following pathways:
• IT Infrastructure Technician
• Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner
• Application Developer
• Data Analyst

ICT is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Andy Cooper, 2nd in Faculty or Mr Martin Gilbert

BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise

BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise Course Description:

The course is designed as an alternative assessment approach for students to that of GCSE courses. It will make greater use of learning through project based work. Students will complete two projects; their first project will be to explore, compare and contrast two local enterprises and their second assignment they will plan and pitch a business enterprise idea of their own. Finally they will be examined on business marketing and finance.

Assessment:

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All project work, supporting materials and revision materials for the exam can be accessed via the student’s Google Classroom account.

For further information see Mr C Sutton

All revision materials and exercises for the exam can be accessed via the student’s Google Classroom account.

Level 2 Award in Business Retail – WJEC exam board

The course is designed as an alternative assessment approach for students to that of GCSE courses. 75% of the total mark for the course is based around two internally assessed controlled assessments. The course explores all aspects of the retail sector of business.

Assessment

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All project work, supporting materials and revision materials for the exam can be accessed via the student’s Google Classroom account.

For further information see Mr C Sutton