The Business and ICT department is a highly successful and well developed department within Headlands School. As ICT underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all students gain the confidence and ability that they need in these subjects to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
We look to develop Business and ICT students to become successful, independent learners and prepare them for the 21st century.
Key Stage 3
Students will develop their Computer Science skills during one discrete ICT lesson week. Topics covered include:
Under the hood of a computer
Scratch games programming
Kodu games lab
E-safety and ethical issues
How the web works
Designing a hand-held digital device
Year 9 students will have the opportunity to study the BCS ECDL qualification during their 2 lessons of ICT per Week.
Key Stage 4
Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science
Students this year have been able to choose Computer Science as a brand new option subject in Year 10 and 11, following the new Edexcel specification GCSE qualification.
Computer Science is the study of how computer systems work, how they are constructed and programmed. It consists of a body of knowledge, a set of techniques/methods for solving problems, as well as practical programming skills. The course covers theory, as well as plenty of practical problem solving and programming. Computational thinking is a large part of the course and forms the bulk of what is taught. This qualification specifically aims to:
Develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
Develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts
Gain practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals
Develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions
Develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies
Develop awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues
Communicate computer science concepts and explain computational solutions clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
The Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science is a linear qualification. It has two assessment components: a written paper with a weighting of 75% and a controlled assessment task with a weighting of 25%. Computational thinking is a key feature of both, accounting for approximately 65% of the marks across the two components:
Practical programming skills are assessed in the controlled assessment
The written paper assesses content from across the specification
Written paper: 120 Minutes: 75%
Controlled Assessment: 25%
BCS Business Studies
GCSE qualifications in business subjects encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The GCSEs prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
These qualifications in business subjects enable students to:
Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.
Written paper: 60 Minutes: 40%
Controlled Assessment: 25%
IT Practical: 90 minutes: 35%
BCS Level 2 ECDL Award in IT Application Skills (QCF)
ECDL is a high quality, internationally-recognised qualification, validated and approved by academic and global experts, and valued by employers around the world.
The skills developed by a student taking this qualification can be used in further studies such as Apprenticeships across a number of different subject areas. As IT has become an integral part of learning the ability to create professional documents, manipulate data and deliver high quality presentations is a vital skill that can be used in further learning and work placements. Students study the units listed below, providing approximately 120 guided learning hours:
NCFE Interactive Media
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Interactive Media (500/8456/2)
What does this qualification cover?
This QCF qualification is ideal for learners who wish to obtain underpinning knowledge and develop their skills in creative and interactive media. This qualification aims to:
Extend learner's skills in the use of interactive media
Knowledge of interactive media processes
Provide a basis for progression into other areas of study
Enable learners to make more informed career choices
The objectives of the qualification are to enable learners to:
Use equipment and software safely and competently
Develop an understanding of health and safety relevant to interactive media
The requirement for learners to complete 3 mandatory units ensures they gain an in depth introduction to Interactive Media
Learners will investigate a range of ideas and solutions in response to a design brief set by the Tutor
Learners will investigate a range of interactive media software packages and compare image types and capture and create images using a range of methods and equipment
Learners will plan for production using ideas they have developed and using appropriate software
The qualification consists of 3 mandatory units and 4 optional units
Investigate ideas in the context of an interactive media design brief
Explore interactive media products and processes
Plan and produce an interactive media product
To achieve the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Interactive Media learners are required to successfully complete all 3 mandatory units and one optional unit by demonstrating their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
Please contact Mr P Sutterby, Head of Business & ICT, should you require more information