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Information

Curriculum Leader: Songul Adams

“A department that is teaching skill for the future and allowing students to understand the ever changing World around them.”

Students will have 1 ICT lesson a week in Key Stage 3.
Students in Key Stage 4 will have 2-3 ICT lessons over 2 weeks and options subjects such as Computing and Business Studies will have 5-7 lessons over a 2 week timetable.

ICT suites are open at lunch and break time. Students can also attend enhancement sessions after school throughout the week to complete additional work or coursework assignments.

Ethos

In the Computing Department we aim to provide fun and engaging lessons where students can learn and enhance new skills. Students have the opportunity to learn different  software, programming techniques and digital creative skills using industry standard applications.

Vision Statement

We have an excellent history with exam results that have been achieved through mutual respect and support within the Department amongst staff and students. Looking forward we aim to support and grow enthusiastic programmers so students who leave Everest have skills and knowledge that are both in demand and future proof.

Staff & Facilities

The Computing and Business Department is located in the orange corridor within the Academy. We have 4 well equipped ICT rooms, which have colour and mono printers, SMART boards and a number of other peripherals to use such as scanners and graphic tablets.

There are specialist roles within the Computing Department:

  • Curriculum Leader
  • Lead Teacher in ICT
  • ICT Teacher

KS4 Information

Year 10 & 11

ICT Pathway
All KS4 students follow an ICT pathway. All will complete the GCSE ICT course which consists of the following units:
Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (40% exam)
Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (60% controlled assessment)

Business Studies

KS4 students have the opportunity to choose between GCSE Business Studies and BTEC Business. GCSE Business Studies is more theory and exam based, whereas the BTEC is coursework based linked to certain areas of study. The units covered in both GCSE Business Studies and BTEC Business are outlined below:

GCSE Business Studies

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business (25%)
Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (25%)
Unit 3: Building a Business (50%)

BTEC Business

Unit 1: Enterprise (Internal Unit – 30GLH)
Unit 2: Finance (External Unit – 30GLH)
Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service (Internal Unit – 30GLH)
Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment (Internal Unit 30GLH)

KS4 Courses

  • GCSE ICT (Edexcel board)
  • GCSE Computing (OCR board from September 2014)
  • GCSE Business Studies (Edexcel board)
  • BTEC Business Award Level 2 (Edexcel board)

Exam Results (August 2013)

DiDA ICT – 99% A*-C
GCSE Business – 43% A*-C
BTEC Business – 100% A*-C

KS3 Information

Year 7

During the first year in Computing students will be introduced to a number of different software packages and follow a project based piece of work, where the theme changes on an annual basis. We use Year 7 to ensure that all students’ skills are consolidated to ensure that they are ready for their progression in Year 8. In Year 7 students are set by ability so they all have the opportunity to make their best better.

Year 8

When students enter Year 8 they will start to work through a project that will introduce more technical pieces of software. Students will be introduced to Google Sketch-Up, Adobe Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop and Scratch. Students will have the opportunity to improve and build on their creative skills within ICT.

Year 9

Year 9 has three topics that are covered throughout the year. Spreadsheets and Database, Business Studies and Programming are there to provide students with an insight for what they will be covering in Year 10 when they have chosen their options. The Department also use Year 9 time to skill up students so they can be independent learners in Key Stage 4.