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 Second in Faculty
Mr David Fern Teacher of ICT/Computing
Mrs Vicky Smith Teacher of KS3 ICT/Comuting
Mrs Marie Sly Teacher of ICT/Business (Assistant 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 David Fern.

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.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics

Unit 1 - Introduction to Economics: Students will investigate and find the answers to the role of markets and money.

Unit 2 - National and International Economics: Students will learn about economic objectives and the role of government as well as the importance of International trade and the global economy.

Economics 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.

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.

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 (%)
50% 50%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Mr Paul Greenwood or Mr David Fern.

Enrichment Opportunities for ICT, Computing & Business

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