ICT and Business
Welcome to the ICT and Business Studies Department
The department is constantly aiming to raise attainment and standards to equip students with the skills they require for the world of work. The department has many excellent resources available to students including 4 fully equipped ICT suites. Our excellent facilities include interactive white boards, DVDs, videos and access to the Internet, as well as a wide range of industry standard applications software and interactive revision materials.
The teaching environment is business-like giving students the opportunity to excel in their studies whilst understanding the world of work. Our highly professional staff have high expectations of all their students. In addition to the excellent opportunities the students have whilst in school they have also benefited from a range of visits to places such as Cadbury World and Coca-Cola Enterprise.
Mrs Maclean-Thomas - Curriculum Leader
Mrs M. Cook - Teacher of ICT
Overview of ICT and Business at the Convent
ICT is taught in Year 7 - 8 as part of the core curriculum. In year 7 students receive one fifty minute lesson per week while Year 8s receive two fifty lessons per week. They are taught in their form groups which are mixed set.
The ICT department aims to equip students with the computer skills they will need throughout their academic life at the school, as well as allowing them to take full advantage of the new technologies that are constantly emerging. Students use industry standard software including graphics, web design, word processing, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, database and game-making packages. Students can use the Internet for research purposes to help with their studies. They learn how to use ICT to present information, conduct research, create financial models, design web pages and manipulate data.
Assessment of ICT at Key Stage 3 comprises a combination of informal observations, oral questioning and assessed tasks on each unit.
KS4 BUSINESS STUDIES
GCSE Business Studies is offered to students at Key stage Four. In year 9, 10 and 11, students have 3 Business studies lessons per week. The exam board is Edexcel. Students must complete all the following units, to get a GCSE qualification in Business Studies.
Unit 1: Investigating small business -50% of GCSE
Unit 2: Building a business -50% of GCSE
KS5 BUSINESS STUDIES
GCE Business Studies is offered to students at Key Stage Five. In year 12 and 13, students have 5 Business studies lessons per week. The exam board is AQA.
Although it is not necessary to have studied this subject prior to sixth form, five GCSEs at grades A-C, including English and maths are required.
Students must complete all the following 3 Units to get an A’ Level qualification:
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business - 30% of total qualification
Paper 2: Business Activities, decision and strategy - 35% of the total qualification
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment - 30% of total qualification