ICT & Business
The ICT & Business Curriculum
All lessons are taught in specialist computer rooms to enhance pupils’ skills and experience of using ICT.
ICT is a core subject and all Year 7, 8 and 9 students follow a programme of study in lessons of 1 hour a week. The emphasis will be on developing student’s core ICT skills so that they can be confident around all parts of the curriculum. There will be a introduction to programming in Year 7 which will be developed in Year 8. Year 9 will focus on using ICT to complete enterprise style projects and develop their understanding of its use in the business world.
At key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to opt to follow a GCSE in Business and Economics. This is a new course that brings together the subjects of Business Studies and Economics. It will provide students with a wide range of knowledge and practical ICT skills essential in today’s modern business world. The course covers three core units which are delivered over two years. Unit 1 provides an introduction into all elements required to run a business. Unit 2 investigates how a small business functions and unit 4 looks at economics.
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To support the students in developing their understanding, links have been built with local businesses with visits forming an integral part of their study to develop an understanding of the workplace. The GCSE course will allow the development of skills which are completely relevant to the workplace.
Mr A. Ball – Head of ICT & Business
GCSE Exam Board
Students follow the Edexcel Business and Economics specification.
GCSE Controlled Conditions
Students following the GCSE course will undertake a controlled assessment which is based on a real business scenario. Students will be given research time before writing up their case study under timed conditions. The controlled conditions element of the course contributes 25% towards the final grade.
Students will be provided with Pearson revision guides for the GCSE Business and Economics course.