Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

GCSE ICT

Employers frequently mention the skills gap in the area of ICT.  This course will ensure that learners are equipped with the skills they need to live, learn and earn in the 21st century.

  • Unit 1 - Developing Web Products.  In this unit, pupils learn about publishing a website, digital technologies and their uses in a range of contexts.  Assessed by a final practical exam worth 40% of the overall grade.
  • Unit 2 - Multimedia.  Pupils use a range of digital tools and techniques to produce an effective ICT solution to a given event.  Assessed by a Sumative Project worth 60% of the overall grade.

BTEC Business

The BTEC award in Business aims to give pupils a practical understanding of what "being in business" entails and it will help pupils to develop their knowledge, understanding and compentency needed when considering entering employment in this sector.  Learners will be introduced to the language and terminology used in business and explores what businesses do, how they operate and the factors that can influence their success.  Pupils will be able to use this knowledge to plan their own realistic business start up.  Other core units in the course are finance for business, promoting a brand and in addition the course will encompass specialist units, which are subject to change.  In the past these have included recruitment, selection and employment.

GCSE Computer Science

This course in a rigorous knowledge-based subject.  It aims to promote knowledge and understanding of developing and applying computational skills in order to analyse problems and design solutions.  Pupils will be expected to a have a good mathematical understanding.

Assessment - programming is an important element of this course whilst focusing on the underlying principles of logic, decomposition, algorithms, data representation and communication.  The assessment model is two written exams worth 80% and a 20 hour controlled assesment worth 20%.  The written exams do not just test knowledge and understanding, it also tests learners ability to apply programming and problem-solving skills they have developed.

Computer science is a fast-moving field that brings together many disciplines including maths, programming, engineering, natural sciences, psychology and linguistics.