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ICT & Business

ICT

What makes us passionate about our subject? (Intent)

Digital skills are the tools which enable people to create, communicate and solve problems which they would not otherwise be able to do.  They allow students to innovate, gain confidence and build strategies for creativity and problem solving that can be applied to many aspects of life.  We consider these skills to be the pathway to a wide range of life chances, careers and essential to living in a digital economy.

What do our students gain by studying our subject? (Impact)

Our aim is to provide every student with a grounding in the digital skills they will need both during their education and in later life.  As the technology is continually updating, we want to emphasise a resilient flexible approach which includes strategies that will enable them to extend and update those skills in the future.

For those who want to study further we want to grow students’ knowledge of how technology is created and the appreciation they have for solving problems.  We want to help students to further develop their creative skills enabling them to communicate effectively in a digital world.

Business and Economics

What makes us passionate about our subject? (Intent)

Opening a newspaper or switching on the news and being able to understand the cause and effect of real world events is what makes Business and Economics so relevant and current.  Being able to discuss incremental and disruptive changes in the local and global economy is fundamental in allowing us to understand how our futures are impacted and as a result, to think critically about our own and others’ actions.  In doing so we are encouraged to consider our rights and responsibilities as well as those of businesses and governments.  Should we readily accept the consequences of others’ actions, regardless of their ‘power’?  If not then how can we act innovatively to change the dynamics of the world around us?  These are questions to which answers can be discussed, debated and potentially solved.  An appreciation of others’ opinions and evidence is crucial in determining an answer, should a right one exist.  More often than not, it is not this straightforward, and therefore accepting that there can never be ‘the’ answer is a difficult pill to swallow.  Business and economic issues must still be addressed therefore, and perhaps it is important that we must accept the opportunity cost of any decisions we make.  Our aim is to therefore ensure that students gain the skills to become critical consumers.

What do our students gain by studying our subject? (Impact)

Students have the opportunity to engage in a range of dynamic and current topics which encourage critical thinking and the opportunity to problem solve in relation to real world events.  For example students will undertake studies relating to the global impact of digital technology and business ethics and the impact of local and global economic shocks.  In doing so, students acquire a range of key transferable skills including interpreting and analysing quantitative and qualitative information.  The learning environment fosters the ability to form and provide supported opinions on how to problem solve, or whether to intervene at all.  Not only does this enhance students’ understanding of the world around them, but also improves their employability and ability to study related subjects at a higher level.  Students are encouraged to be creative and embrace their entrepreneurial spirit, both in and out of the classroom, with many continuing associated studies at university and work related placements.

Business and Economics Curriculum Maps and Assessment

IT and Computing Curriculum Maps and Assessments

GCSE

Students can opt to study a wide range of different course in ICT and Business. For more information and to visit the examination board websites, click on the links below.


Business Studies – Exam Board – AQA 8132
Economics – Exam Board - AQA 8136
Computing – Exam Board –  Course code 8525   https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/computer-science-8525
Creative Imedia – Exam Board OCR J817

 

A-Level

Students can opt to study a wide range of different courses in ICT and Business. For more information and to visit the examination board websites, click on the links below.

Business Studies – Exam Board – AQA 7132
BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology (2016) Edexcel 601/7575/8 
Economics – AQA 7136
Computer Science – Course number 7517  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/as-and-a-level/computer-science-7516-7517
 

Applied General Business -  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/applied-general/business