Introduction to Business & Computing at Plashet School
The Computing and Business department is staffed by four specialist teachers. Each teacher is based in a modern ICT suite that is equipped with 30 networked computers. Students have access to the latest software and various on-line facilities such as our virtual learning environment (VLE). We make extensive use of the VLE which is called Fronter. Homework tasks, assignments and other resources are all available on Fronter which gives students access 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Homework and assignments are submitted for marking on-line and feedback can also be given on-line.
All teachers run additional support sessions which allow students the opportunity to get extra help and use the computer facilities after school.
We take students personal safety when using the computers very seriously. All students undertake units of work on e-safety. We teach students about how to keep themselves and their personal information safe when on-line.
All students follow the new National Curriculum programme of study for computing. The subject of computing allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in three related areas:
- Computing – The study of how computers work both practically and theoretically. This includes topics such as data representation, binary, binary logic gates, hardware, and programming. The programming units of work develop problem solving and computational thinking skills.
- Information Communication Technology (ICT) – The study of how computer technology is used in the wider world. Students will learn how to use key applications and understand their role in data processing and communication.
- Digital Literacy – The study of how computers and ICT impact on our everyday lives. Students learn how to use technology safely and responsibly (e-safety)
- GCSE ICT – This subject builds on the computing done at KS3. Students study ICT use in the business environment and develop high level skills in using industry standard software. They have to analyse real world problems and design and implement their own solutions to solve these problems. There are options within the course to study creative use of ICT and programming. The course is assessed by both a written examination and coursework. Currently the coursework element is worth 60% of the overall mark and the examination element is worth 40%.
- GCSE Business Studies – This subject allows students with an interest in the world of business to gain an understanding of how businesses are set up and the keys functions within all businesses. Topics such as marketing, new product development, finance and economics are covered. The City of London is one of the main financial centres in the world and business studies allows students to gain an understanding how the world of business works. The course is assessed by both a written examination and coursework. Currently the coursework element is worth 25% of the overall mark and the examination element is worth 75%.
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