Students are taught from their first week in the academy how to use a computer to extend their education. They are encouraged across school to use computers and the information and resources available through them to expand their learning; in ICT lessons we set them up with the skills to utilise these resources.
Currently, computer science is taught up until the end of Year 9 at which point the students can opt to continue with to develop their skills and hone them in within the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise & Marketing into the Key Stage 4 course.
KEY STAGE 3
At Key Stage 3, students follow the new National Curriculum for computer science. The main aim of the subject is to enable students to become responsible, competent, confident, and creative users of information and communication technology. Over the three years, students will cover various elements of ICT including e-safety, word processors, spreadsheets, web design, game design, and animation.
Students are marked against the National Curriculum for computer science criteria and our aim is to ensure that they understand how to improve their own attainment by using these skills.
KEY STAGE 4
Students who opted to study Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise & Marketing at year 10 and 11 will follow the assessment below.
50% of the marks will be awarded for Unit R064: Enterprise and marketing concepts. This is a 1 hour 30-minute written examination
25% will be based on Unit R065: Design a business proposal. This is assessed internally via externally moderated coursework.
25% will be based on Unit R066: Market and pitch a business proposal. This is assessed internally via externally moderated coursework.
Students will understand the main activities that will need to happen to support a start-up business and what the key factors are to consider when starting up a business. They will understand how and why customer segmentation is used and how to target a customer market. Students will also develop an understanding of how to attract and retain customers, the techniques to use when developing products and how to investigate what makes a product viable. These elements will provide students with underpinning knowledge and understanding for completion of Units R065 and R066 within this qualification, as well as developing transferable knowledge and understanding to allow for progression onto related study