Introduction to Business & Computing
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 online facilities such as our virtual learning environment (VLE). We use Google Classroom extensively which means students are able to access their work and resources online both in school and at home an any device with a browser. Homework and assignments are usually submitted for marking online and feedback can also be given on-line.
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 online.
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 (eSafety)
- GCSE ICT – This subject builds on the computing learning completed 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 them. 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.
- 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.
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