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ICT at Stockport Academy

Course Details

Business Studies is a modern qualification that links to the world of work and provides students with a real insight into how all businesses operate. Students will gain valuable employability skills and also develop a real understanding of how businesses work.

 

Topics cover all key employment areas and have links to other GCSE subjects: Management, Finance, HR, Marketing, Production and R&D.  Students will learn how to become an entrepreneur by running an enterprise business in school. All profits made by the students will be paid to the students and encourage them to “Earn as they learn!”

 


What skills will I gain from studying Business Studies?

The course is designed to develop students as effective and independent learners who can be critical and reflective about their own work.  Students will learn how to structure their opinions, build arguments and make informed judgements about business scenarios set in the real world.

The course also aims to teach key academic skills that will support numerous A Level subjects or alternative career pathways.

 


Business Studies: Typical Assessment

Topic 1: Marketing and enterprise coursework Project (Practical 25%)                                                                   

Plan a marketing campaign for a business and improve its performance!


Topic 2: Setting up a business, recruiting and managing staff, production, finance and the business world (Written Exam 75%) In this exam you will answer short and long response questions based on lesson notes.

 

Educational Trips:

 

Marketing: How to create a marketing campaign for business success!

Production: Discover how Cadbury’s make mini eggs to dairy milks.

Students also get to design their own Cadbury’s product!

Employability: Work with local businesses to develop employability skills

This exciting GCSE course gives students an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they play an important role in the world we live in.


Students will develop computer programming skills, computer maintenance knowledge and industry specific problem-solving skills. Students will carry out fascinating in-depth research and practical assignments for example: some of the current investigations look at JavaScript, encryption and assembly language programming.


The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field. This is a subject of the future!

 

What skills will I gain from studying Computing GCSE?

 

The course will help students learn about critical thinking, critical analysis and problem solving. Computing lessons will teach these skills in a fun, interactive and interesting way, which students can then transfer into other subjects and even apply to day-to-day life.

 

Computer Science: Assessment

 

Topic 1: Computer Systems (Written Exam 40%)

The computer systems unit will teach students  the theory about a wide range of issues such as system architecture, memory, storage, networks, system security, system software, ethical legal cultural concerns and more.


Topic 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (Written Exam 40%)

This unit will teach students  the theory about a wide range of issues such as algorithms, programming techniques, computational logic, data representation  and more.


Topic 3: Programming Project (Controlled Assessment 20%)

The programming project will call on students to design, code and test a solution to three tasks using a suitable programming language.

This exciting GCSE course gives students the opportunity to learn about current and emerging digital technology and its impact on our lives, working with a range of tools and techniques and exploring interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases. 

 

How will this course be assessed?

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (40%)- External exam


In this unit, students explore how digital technology affects the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts. Students will develop awareness of the inherent risks of using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.


Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (60%) – Internally assessed Coursework (externally moderated)


This is a practical unit that will broaden and enhance learners’ ICT skills and capabilities. They will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students will learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

They will create graphics, videos , digital posters ,websites and spreadsheets.

ICT Work Examples

Sixth Former Kade Daniels produced the below animation and entered it into the University of Manchester's Animation UK Competition - winning an award after going up against 800 entries!


Teaching Staff

Mr Phillips - CAL ICT and Business Studies

Ms Scullion - Teacher of ICT (Assistant Principal)

Mr Goodall - Teacher of ICT and Business Studies

 

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