Department Overview

The Computing and Business department is leading edge within Alderbrook School. Our Faculty consists of a team of 5 keen, innovative and creative teachers of Computer Science, ICT and Business and Economics who aim to instil both our interest in and enjoyment of the subjects we offer as well as increase their awareness and understanding of the topics and issues covered. We are committed to promoting the knowledge and skills that students require to both further their education and beyond. We believe that what we offer is essential for young people in an increasingly small and globalised world.

The department is fortunate enough to teach out of 5 modern, state of the art computer rooms with has all the latest hardware and software.

 

Key Stage 4

 

ICT Cambridge Nationals (OCR)

 

What Will You Learn?

The Award gives Learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment and are transferable skills required by employers. There are four areas of equal importance:

 

Core units:

  • Understanding computer systems. This unit will give students a solid base to develop knowledge and understanding of computer systems and the implications of working with data.
  • Using ICT to create business solutions. This unit will enable students to refine their existing knowledge of computers to reflect the working practices of the commercial world.

 

Additional Units:

  • Handling data using spreadsheets. This unit will help students to process and present data into meaningful information that can be used to support the decision-making process in real life scenarios.
  • Creating an interactive product using multimedia components. This unit will enable students to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product.

 

Assessment:

  • Internal assessment 75%
  • External examination 25%

 

Who is This Course For?

The OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT is for Learners who wish to acquire technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

 

The department offers its students the possibility of competing in a number of business related challenges throughout the course.

The department also offers an opportunity to combine business and computing knowledge working with an external body.

 

Skills for Success and Career Opportunities

Learners who achieve a Level 2 in this subject might consider progressing either to A Levels as preparation for entry to Higher Education or study a vocational qualification at Level 3 (such as a Cambridge Technical in IT or Digital Media).  It will also equip Learners with the necessary skills for any employment in the ICT sector.

Other qualities and key skills that can be gained from studying Business: Information & Technology (Resourcefulness), Calculated Risks (Reciprocity), Seeking & Responding to Feedback (Reflectiveness) and Problem Solving

 

Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Mrs Fisher, Curriculum Leader for Business, Computing and ICT