Business & Computing Department
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The Business & Computing Department
Head of Department = Miss C Hill
The Business and Computing department consists of three specialist teachers. The department has three fully fitted ICT suites with an average of 32 computers in each. The department expects the high standards and work hard to ensure each learner works to the best of their ability.
At KS3 learners study computing 2 hours a fortnight. Within their lessons they study a range of topics that cover the 3 main stands of computing; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. The curriculum is designed to build on learners’ skills and knowledge as they progress through each of the 3 years and is delivered in a way that is engaging and challenging allowing all learners to make progress.
The department offers 4 different GCSE subjects which includes 2 vocational options;
GCSE Computer Science: leaners study AQA computer science which focuses on the theory of computer systems and the practical skills of programming. This course is 100% examination which takes place in the summer of their 2nd year
OCR Level 2 in Information Technology: This vocational qualification is for those Learners who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in using information technologies for example in databases and spreadsheets. The qualification is broken down into 2 units; 1 that is externally assessed and worth 50% and 1 that is internally assessed through coursework and that is also worth 50%. Leaners are graded using the Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.
GCSE Business Studies: Learners study Edexcel 1-9 Business studies and 100% of their grade is assessed externally in the end of Yr11. Learners focus on all aspects of Business from Finance to Marketing, Operations to Human Resources.
OCR, Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing. A vocational qualification is also offered for those interested in studying Business. This qualification allows learners to focus on 2 specific areas of business and be assed using a combination of internal and external assessment. These assessments are taken at various times during the course of the 2 years. Leaners are graded using the Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.
Learners will usually complete a 1-hour assessment at the end of each half term to assess their progress. This may be a practical activity or an exam paper depending on the topic and time of year.
The expectation for home learning is that learners will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week for Ks4 or one a fortnight for Ks3. .
Every year our department run a KS3 coding club at break time, which is usually facilitated by our learner subject leaders.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place such as the Hour of Code, Tameside Hack and the HSBC Stock Market Challenge.