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ICT & BUSINESS

ict page picICT at Key stage 4: Students study the OCR GCSE ICT. This course offer students the opportunity to study a range of ICT systems that are used in the home, at school and in the society. They also study the current and emerging technologies and the impacts that advances in technology may have on themselves and others.

In this course, student would study a range of everyday software applications in order to be able to manipulate and process data and other information effectively and efficiently and to present the information in a format suitable for purpose and audience.

ICT at Key stage 5: Students study the new OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT. Cambridge Technical in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. The course offers specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst. This course would enable students to apply the knowledge gained for further study in higher education or at workplace.

How you can support your child?
 

  • Encourage your child to complete homework set on time
  • Encourage your child to attend after school club organised by the department

business page picThe Business department consists of highly experienced, dedicated and successful group of teachers who are very enthusiastic about their subject. Their aim is share their love for the subject and enable students to become successful entrepreneurs of the future.

The subject is very popular amongst students, as the combination of academic challenge and practical focus, along with obtaining lifelong skills and knowledge, makes the subject very real for them.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Btec Level 2 First Award Business specification. Students will study a range of topics over two years from Marketing to Human Resource Management and the course allows the students to link education and the world of work in an engaging, relevant and practical ways. 

The assessment is in the form of two online examination and three pieces of coursework and students will learn and develop transferrable skills, such as working with others, problem solving, independent study, personal learning and thinking skills.

At Key Stage 5, we follow the OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma Business specification. This is a two year course and it is designed for students that want to gain a level 3 qualification, so that they can go on to study a business related programme at higher education.

The course will give students an understanding of the wider external contexts in which businesses operate and of internal business functions and their independencies.  This will allow them to appreciate how legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints can affect business behaviour, as well as understanding the influence that stakeholders can have and how businesses must respond.

The assessment is in the form of two examinations and three pieces of coursework.  The course, just like the real business world, places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information, in order to make considered decisions and the students are given plenty of opportunities to gain these vital skills.  The students also get to develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and to manage their time effectively.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to watch the news
  • Read newspapers in print or online - especially the broadsheets
  • Discuss your experiences of dealing with businesses as an employee and customer

computer science page picComputer Science is the study of principles and practices that support understanding and modelling of computation and their applications in developing computer systems. Computer Science is deeply concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Students studying computing gain understanding into computational systems of all kinds.

At Key stage 3: Year 7 students are introduced to the school computer systems and build up fundamental skills needed for their school and working life.

Year 8 students learn how computers works. They developed their programming skill by studying different programming languages.  For example, students would learn how to program in Python programming Language and HTML & Website production, which are industry standard programming languages used by business.

Year 9 students begin to access a more advanced curriculum in programming. They are encouraged to have an appreciation of how much computers contributes to our society and wider world.

At Key stage 4: Students study the new OCR GCSE Computing. This course gives them an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they are used. In this course, students would develop computer programming and problem solving skills.

They will be completing in-depth researches into various aspects of computer systems as well as using programming language to solve given problems in the practical programming aspect of the course.

How you can support your child?

  • Encourage your child to complete homework set on time
  • Encourage your child to attend after school club organised by the department
  • Encourage your child to develop practical programming skill

financial studies page picThe Financial Studies department consists of highly experienced, dedicated and successful group of teachers who are very enthusiastic about their subject. Their aim is share their love for the subject and enable students to become successful entrepreneurs of the future.

The subject is very popular amongst students, as the combination of academic challenge along with obtaining lifelong skills and knowledge, makes the subject very real for them.

At Key Stage 5, Financial studies comprises of Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) in year 12 and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) in year 13, offered by The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF).

CeFS encourages learners to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life.  DipFS builds on the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the Certificate in Financial Studies and extends this to include areas such as financial sustainability within the wider financial services system, and the long-term impact of debt.

Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication examined through external examinations.

There are opportunities for trips such as visit to Bank of England, attend lectures by experts in the field of financial study and scholarship to study degree courses with The London Institute of Banking and finance

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to watch the news
  • Encourage your child to read financial articles or magazines
  • Discuss and show the financial documents that you use