Welcome to ICT and Business Faculty

Computing and information technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives, from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us – studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth of the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world then study computer science.

Business and finance is essential to students in order for them to understand the world in which they live and prepares them for later life. Students explore 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.

Staff

Name Role
Mr Gareth Turner Head of Faculty
Mr Paul Greenwood Lead Teacher of Computing
Mr Andrew Saxton Teacher of ICT/Computing
Mrs Vicky Smith Teacher of ICT/Comuting
Mrs Marie Sly Teacher of ICT (Assistant Principal)
Mr Darren Smith Teacher of ICT (Vice Principal)

Key Stage 3

The computing course at key stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE Computer Science course in key stage 4. During year 7 students will be given an introduction into computing and basic programming, which are further developed in year 8.
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Year 7 Introduction & e-safety Microsoft Applications Computational Thinking Computational Thinking micro:bit Small Basic
Year 8 Programming Programming Computing Theory Computing Theory Computing Theory Web Design
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mr Gareth Turner or Mr Paul Greenwood.

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science

Systems Software - Networks, Utility Software and Operating Systems

Network Topologies - Protocols and Layers - Wi-Fi and Ethernet

Wired and Wireless Networks - Hosting, the Cloud

System Security - Threats posed to a network, Identifying and preventing vulnerabilities

Ethical, Legal, Culture and Environmental Concerns - Open source vs proprietary, CDPA, Creative Commons, FOI

Programming Techniques - Algorithms, sequence, selection and iteration

GCSE Computer Science is assessed in the following way:

Non-Exam Assesesment (%) Examination (%)
20% 80%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Paul Greenwood or Mr Andrew Saxton.

OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT

Understanding computer systems

Using ICT to create business solutions

Handling data using spreadsheets

Creating digital images

ICT is assessed in the following way:

Non-Exam Assesesment (%) Examination (%)
20% 80%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mrs Marie Sly.

Edexcel GCSE Business

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.

GCSE Business is assessed in the following way:

Controlled Assessment (%) Examination (%)
25% 75%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Gareth Turner.

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:

Controlled Assessment (%) Examination (%)
0% 100%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes, or assessment for this course please contact Mr Gareth Turner.

LIBF Certificate in Financial Education

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.

Finance is assessed in the following way:

Controlled Assessment (%) Examination (%)
0% 100%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Gareth Turner or Mrs Marie Sly.

WJEC Award in Retail Business

Unit 1 – Customer Experience: Students will investigate and find the answers to - Why is customer service so important? What do customers want when they shop? Why do customers buy in one store rather than another? Why do customers return and show loyalty to a certain store or chain? Why do customers stop using an organisation?

Unit 2 – Retail Business: Students will learn about the issues faced by retailers in today’s highly competitive market.

Unit 3 – Retail Operations: Students will learn how retailers prepare for changes by re-organising their operations. Also understanding how retailers could organise their operations to respond to change.

Retail Business is assess in the following way:

Controlled Assessment (%) Examination (%)
60% 40%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Gareth Turner.

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.

Computer Science is assessed in the following way:

Non-Exam Assessment (%) Examination (%)
20% 80%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Paul Greenwood.

AQA ICT

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT: Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.

Unit 2 - Global information: The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.

Unit 4 - Computer Networks: Computer networks form a key part of the information economy. They are the foundation of the World Wide Web on which eBay, Amazon, Facebook and a multitude of other companies depend for their success. The demand for networking capability is enormous and increasing daily. The business world demands network administrators, engineers and technicians who can set up, manage and maintain its networks.

Unit 13 - Social Media and Digital Marketing: The use of social media has increased massively over recent years and is now a worldwide phenomenon. This unit looks at digital marketing as a concept and then offers you the opportunity to explore the possible impacts, both positive and negative, that may be generated by the use of social media as a digital marketing tool.

Unit 16 - Developing a Smarter Planet: This unit is optional within the Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner and IT Infrastructure Technician specialist pathways. The technology used within these two pathways can have a major impact on the sustainability of the Smarter Planet

A2 ICT is assessed in the following way:

Non-Exam Assessment (%) Examination (%)
20% 80%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Paul Greenwood or Mr Andrew Saxton.

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:

Non-Exam Assessment (%) Examination (%)
20% 80%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Paul Greenwood or Mrs Marie Sly.

Enrichment Opportunities for ICT, Computing & Business

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