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Business & Computing


Mr J Galliano - Head of  Faculty
Mr  W Murray-Bruce
Mr B Bamgboye
We acknowledge the relevance of ICT and computing in the daily lives of our students and the very important role it plays in how they perceive information. We strive to plan and deliver an ICT curriculum that is enriched and relevant to the technologically advanced world we live in today. We aim to equip our students with necessary capabilities and skills to become successful participants in this ever changing world.
Our KS3 and KS4 curriculums will empower our students to apply their Business, Computing and ICT capabilities across the curriculum and develop their independent learning skills and confidence. By embedding core capabilities, our subject supports communication and collaboration amongst all our students across the school, thus enabling them to use technology to share ideas and reflect on their learning.
Our students have access to a wide range of information and tools on the internet and we aim to use these resources to excite and inspire them. Our success lies in preparing our young people to participate in a digital world, responsibly and with confidence.

The BCI Faculty Curriculum:

Key Stage 3
(Years 7 -9)
The scheme of learning for years 7 to 9 has recently been redesigned to meet the needs of the new computing curriculum. All aspects of computer science concepts are introduced in a practical context. Programming is introduced in Year 7 as simple game development using Scratch. It is developed further in Year 8 with app inventor – a program for building mobile Apps. In Year 8 and 9 students are introduced to a text based programming language (Python). All students will be taught how to use technology safely and respectfully.
The BCI faculty uses a variety of assessment approaches to give students the opportunity to achieve. During the lesson the teacher will assess and help students improve their work using verbal and written feedback. Students will also undertake: self and peer review of their own and others work; work individually, in pairs and in small groups. At the end of each unit students will undertake a formal assessment. A judgment will be made as to the National Curriculum level a student is working at by looking at what he/she has produced, assessing his/her responses in class and by reviewing the outcome of his/her assessment.
Key Stage 4
Optional Courses (Years 10-11)
AQA GCSE Business and Communication Systems
This is a two year course appealing to students who enjoy combining theoretical understanding and practical application of business using ICT. It gives students an awareness and insight into the workings of a business and expectations on employees, in preparation for their future employment experience. The course covers all elements required to show a breadth of skills from business theory and understanding to practical and project management skills required by employers.
The course focuses on business theory combined with a range of practical IT skills using industry standard software.
Throughout Years 10 and 11 students will study the following projects:
  • The Business Environment - Aims and objectives of a business, identifying stakeholders, business organisation and management structures;
  • Workplace Organisation - Office organisation, health & safety, preparation and management of data and identification of modern working practices;
  • Human Resources - The recruitment process, training, contracts of employment, pay and rewards;
  • Communication - Importance and use of communication methods including meetings, discussions, video conferencing, business letters, memos, reports, newsletters and e-mail
  • IT in Business - Input and storage devices, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, desk top publishing, computer communication.
Within the course the two aspects of Business and Communications Systems are taught alongside each other.
OCR GCSE Computing
This is a relatively new course that was introduced as an optional course in September 2013. The course has real relevance in the modern world. While students will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the GCSE course gives them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on "behind the scenes". As part of the course, Computing students learn logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, design and structured problem solving, all concepts and skills that are valuable well beyond the computing classroom. They learn computer programming using Python and app design using App Inventor. Through the study of computer programming, the course will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. In addition, to the practical skills introduced throughout the course, students will be exposed to a wide range of ICT related skills which are useful in life and the wider world of work, whether in the creative industries or in the IT industry.
The GCSE Computing course will teach students to be confident IT users, who understand the risks as well as the benefits and use ICT safely and responsibly. The nature of the Controlled Assessment, with its emphasis on 'doing' rather than 'writing about' helps develop important transferable skills including problem solving, creative thinking and collaborative working.
OCR Cambridge Nationals
The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. They are industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and are very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.
From personal computers to smartphones, from apps to websites, all of our lives, every day, are enhanced through the use of ICT. The new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflect this and provide students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying ICT in their future working lives. The course carries a weighting of one GCSE at either A*, A, B or C depending on the final award of Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass.
The OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT comprises four units of work:
Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Systems (Mandatory)

As the first core unit and a foundation for others, this unit will give students a solid base to develop knowledge and understanding of computer systems and the implications of working with data to enable them to use computers effectively.
Unit 2 – Using ICT skills to create Business Solutions (Mandatory)

In the second core unit, students will refine their existing knowledge of computers to reflect the working practices of the commercial world. This includes using a wide range of software efficiently.
Two further optional units to be selected from a range of areas including a Business Information Systems strand, a Creative strand and a Technical strand.
Core Course (Years 11)
All Year 11 students study for a vocational qualification from the OCR Cambridge Nationals suite of exams. The OCR Cambridge National course is predominately project based but there is a mandatory written component exam lasting one hour that is taken in the summer term of Year 11. This course builds upon the two units of work completed in Year 10.
The majority of OCR Cambridge National units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by OCR. However, the written component examination is externally marked along with a set themed project based task that is completed as a controlled practical test with duration of 10 hours.
The full award and units from this qualification are graded as:
  • Pass,
  • Merit or
  • Distinction
  • Distinction *
These grades are then translated into GCSE’s as follows:
  • Pass = Grade C at GCSE
  • Merit = Grade B at GCSE, and
  • Distinction = Grade A at GCSE
  • Distinction * = Grade A* at GCSE
School VLE
We have embedded the use of a Virtual Learning Environment where our parents and students can access students’ work and uploaded subject content or other digital resources to assist in homework, coursework and promote distance learning. Through our VLE students can submit work digitally and parents can track progress and receive updates in real time. Students also collaborate via the VLE through school e-mail and virtual directories.
School Email
All students are given a school email address from Google. This account will be used to access products from the Google Apps suite as well for school based communication.
General Support
The BCI faculty run lunchtime and afterschool workshops to provide support, offer extra help or allow opportunities for students to learning new skills. These extracurricular sessions are run every lunchtime and after school. A detailed timetable of sessions will be displayed on the faculty notice board outside rooms B6 and B7.
More able
The BCI faculty identify students who have a natural talent for aspects of computing or produce work above and beyond their target grades. This group of students will have an opportunity to attend additional workshop sessions, guest lectures and embark on industrial visits which are planned throughout the academic year.
Business, Computing and ICT provides opportunities for students to:
  • Reflect on the way that using a computer can either isolate people from one another or bring them together.
  • Consider the implications of greater access to information.
  • Experience awe at the potential of technology, what it can do and may be able to do.
  • Experience the empowerment possible through the use of software and hardware.
  • Experience wonder of achievement with high quality presentation, e.g. producing a graph from a spread sheet.
  • Develop responsible use of ICT and the ability to know when and when not to sue it.
External Links
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