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Business, ICT & Computing

Business & Computing Faculty Vision

  • Provide 'real life' skills and knowledge of the Business and Computing World.

  • Lifelong understanding and appreciation of the economy around us.

  • Understanding of how society communicates and is developing rapidly.

  • Modern and future technologies and their impact on Society.

  • Engaging and Enterprising lessons.

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development of Students

In the Business, Computing & ICT Faculty, we develop students Socially by:

  • Developing personal qualities and using social skills

  • Participating, co-operating and resolving conflicts

  • Understanding how communities and societies function

 

We develop students Morally by:

  • Developing and expressing personal views or values.

  • Investigating moral values and ethical issues.

  • Moral codes and models of moral virtue.

  • Recognising right and wrong and applying it.

  • Understanding the consequences of actions.

 

We develop students Spiritually by:

  • Understanding human feelings and emotions

  • Using imagination and creativity in learning

 

We develop students Culturally by:

  • Understanding and appreciating cultural influences

  • Adapted lesson resources designed to fit individual class needs

  • Resources available on FROGOS so students can easily access work during and after school

  • Creation of podcasts to assist auditory learning

  • Display boards to emphasise and repeat key words and concepts

  • After school ICT catch up 3 nights a week to support GCSE students

  • Individualised GCSE ICT and Business program for Vocational students

  • Access to laptops during Business lessons to assist with writing

 

How do we adapt our curriculum for students with SEND?

  • Adapted lesson resources designed to fit individual class needs

  • Resources available on FROGOS so students can easily access work during and after school

  • Creation of podcasts to assist auditory learning

  • Display boards to emphasise and repeat key words and concepts

  • After school ICT catch up 3 nights a week to support GCSE students

  • Individualised GCSE ICT and Business program for Vocational students

  • Access to laptops during Business lessons to assist with writing

GCSE Business Studies

 

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

While studying this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things. You will be introduced to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages students to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS GAINED:

GCSE Business will encourage student to:

• Engage in the study of Business to develop as effective and independent learners

• Develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in local, national and global contexts

• Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities

• Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable

• Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of contexts and in planning and carrying out investigations and tasks

• Analyse and evaluate evidence, make reasoned judgements and present appropriate conclusions

 

WHAT WILL THE COURSE CONTAIN?

The content is presented in six clear and distinct topic areas:

• Business activity

• Finance

• Influences on business

• Marketing

• Business operations

• Human resources

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment for this course is via two examination papers and both will assess all six topic areas.

Component 1 - 2 hour written exam, 62.5% of course

Component 2 - 1.5 hour written exam, 37.5% of course

Both components assess content from all six topic areas, so learners will be required to draw together knowledge, skills and understanding from across the subject content in each assessment.

 

QUALITIES I WILL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THIS COURSE?

You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course will help you to understand all this and more. The course requires you to be confident in expressing these ideas in writing; therefore good English skills are needed. There is also a good amount of numeracy involved so ideally you should have good Maths skills

GCSE ICT

WHAT IS THIS COURSE DESIGNED TO DO?

A qualification in Information Communication Technology opens up an incredible world of opportunities for work, not only within the technology industry but also in supporting roles within other industries. The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. They are industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.

 

WHAT DOES THE COURSE CONTAIN AND HOW IS IT ASSESSED?

Students will study towards four units:

 

* Understanding Computer Systems (25%) – 1 hour exam covering topics such as hardware, software, security, communication and legislation.

* Using ICT to create business solutions (25%) – Coursework – Students will study application software to produce solutions to business problems.

* Spread sheets (25%) – Coursework – Students will produce a fully functional spread sheet to solve a business need.

* Interactive Products (25%) – Coursework – This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating webpage or interactive product.

The breakdown of this course is 25% external assessment (exam) and 75% internal assessment (course work).

Students will be graded as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass. There is a level 1 option for students that are working below the level 2 pass criteria.

 

HOW WILL THE COURSE BE DELIVERED?

Students will be taught using a variety of methods, some being quite traditional and some using the interactive multimedia elements, which our ICT facilities can provide.

 

WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?

Students should have good literacy and numeracy skills and should enjoy their ICT lessons. This course is relevant for students who wish to achieve a GCSE to provide them with a springboard to AS/A2 ICT courses. For more information visit www.ocr.org.uk

Option Subject: GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

 

WHAT IS THIS COURSE DESIGNED TO DO?

The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE CONTAIN AND HOW IS IT ASSESSED?

Students will study towards three modules, which will be completed over the 2 years. The modules are as follows:

Computer systems (40%) – This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems, including computing hardware, software, databases, networking and system security. This unit will be assessed in a 1 hour 30 minute examination taken in June of Year 11; this unit is worth 40% of the overall qualification.

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%) – This unit covers the following topics: Algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and data representation.

This unit will be assessed in a 1 hour 30 minute examination taken in June of Year 11; this unit is worth 40% of the overall qualification.

Programming project (20%) – Students will study programming techniques using the language ‘Python’. Students will need to:

* Design a coded solution to a problem set by OCR demonstrating the ability to:

o Develop suitable algorithms

o Design suitable input and output formats

o Identify suitable variables and structures

o Identify test procedures

o Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function

* Test your solution:

o To show functionality

o To show how it matches design criteria

o Identifying successes and any limitations

 

This work is assessed by completing a controlled assessment and is worth 20% of the overall qualification.

 

WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?

Students should have excellent literacy and numeracy skills. A keen interest in programming would be beneficial. This course is relevant for students who wish to achieve a GCSE to provide them with a springboard to AS/A2 ICT or Computing courses.

 

ENTRY CRITERIA

Students should be working at grade 3/4 in Maths and ICT. Due to the popularity of the course, once the options are selected, students will be invited to complete an assessment in the programming language ‘Python’.

For more information visit www.ocr.org.uk