Computing and Business

The Computing and Business department are a high achieving and successful department.  We believe that every student should be prepared to function in the ever developing digital world.  The courses offered at GCSE and A Level provide students with the skills and understanding to unlock various opportunities in higher education, leading to future career success.

Mr Phillips

Head of Computing and Business

Curriculum Overview

At Key Stage 3, all students have a weekly Computing lesson where they investigate many core areas of the subject including Computer Programming, Binary Code, Networks and Data Representation using various software applications such as Python, Scratch and AppShed. The students are constantly encouraged to develop their skills and build an interest in the way Computing affects them and the world around them.

At Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to take the OCR GCSE Computer Science course or the BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology where students achieve highly. We also offer the BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise which is a tremendously popular subject.

In the Sixth Form, the department offers the OCR A Level Computer Science course alongside the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology. Students also have the chance to take the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business.

Teaching Team

The Computing and Business department is staffed by a hardworking and committed team of four teachers.  Student attainment is high, at all levels with GCSE and A level performance above the national average. The courses we offer are extremely popular at Key Stage 4 with a significant number going on to study these courses in the Sixth Form too. The department is constantly striving to raise attainment through curriculum development; focusing on sharing good practice and resources within our team and we utilise up to date research to inform and improve our teaching and learning strategies. Continued evaluation of all aspects of the department allow us to support all students to realise their full potential.

Facilities

The department is made up of 5 classrooms which are fully equipped with up to date teaching technology, including an HD visualiser and 20+ desktop computers with a range of software applications and full access to the internet. There is also a 20 unit laptop trolley available within the department for classroom use so every student has their own computer in every lesson.  The department are at the forefront of remote learning and E-learning strategies, leading the way with the use of Google Classroom to extend learning beyond the physical classroom.

Support

The ICT classrooms are available within the department at lunch time and after school to allow students to gain additional help and guidance and also continue with their practical work.  We also encourage all students to explore and develop their ICT and computing skills at home.  There are also extra revision clinics available for all students before they sit their GCSE and Advanced Level examinations.

Extra-Curricular

There are a wide range of popular extra-curricular events including Computer Science Club and a wealth of clinics/support sessions for each course on offer. A further important focus is on enrichment opportunities and these include the Hour of Code and UK Bebras Challenge, which are both completed by all students in Key Stage 3.

Industry Links

Links with industry are a vital part of the study of Computing and Business and the department has developed important links with many business organisations including local, national and internationally renowned companies across an array of business sectors, including Unilever, UK Fast, Inn2 Web Design, Owen Drew Candles, Hoylake Sailing School and John Percival Associates.  

The Computing and Business department are a high achieving and successful department.  We believe that every student should be prepared to function in the ever developing digital world.  The courses offered at GCSE, BTEC and A Level provide students with the skills and understanding to unlock various opportunities in higher education, leading to future career success.

Mr Phillips

Head of Computing and Business

KS5 Course Guide