Business, Computing and ICT

Students gain a firm grounding in the application of computer science, including programming, hardware, networks, algorithms and data representation. We also teach how to use ICT to solve problems and to gather, analyse and present information.

Our staff encourage all students to commit to independent learning and ensure that support materials, in the form of help sheets, web pages and video tutorials, are available.

Students are encouraged to keep their files organised and to save work with suitable filenames. This is an important skill which becomes essential when GCSE work is started.

All students have an academy email address together with cloud storage space. This can be accessed at home to enable students to more easily complete homework.

There are homework clubs which run every lunchtime in the ICT rooms. Students can access these clubs to complete homework, catch up with class work or improve coursework.

GCSE Computer Science

Exam board: OCR
Course code: J276
Contact: Mr D Smith dsmith@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

The digital age needs Computer Scientists and, like it or not, we are living in the digital age. Computer programs have all but infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer science is about theorising, designing and developing software for the programs we use day in day out.

Computer Science will give you an understanding of how to program computers, using the Python programming language, as well as equipping you with the knowledge of how computer technology works. You’ll also learn first-class problem solving skills and troubleshooting skills. If you have a keen interest in how computers work, then Computer Science could be the ideal course for you.

What will I study?

Computer Systems – introduces students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – students develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation

Programming project – students will plan and create suitable algorithms to for a given problem. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan.

How will I be assessed?

Two exams worth 50% each, plus a programming project which is worth 0% but is a course requirement.

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

What careers could I pursue?

Computer Science students have excellent graduate     prospects. The average salary for someone working in the Computer Science sector is £47,500. There are a plethora of opportunities available, including:

  • web development
  • games design
  • software engineering
  • network analysis

Cambridge National Creative iMedia

Exam board: OCR
Course code: J817
Contact: Mr D Smith dsmith@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

This vocational qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip students with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and  communicating creative concepts effectively. The hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

What will I study?

  • How to create digital graphics
  • How to create a multi-page website
  • How to design a game concept
  • How to apply pre-production techniques

How will I be assessed?

One exam worth 25% (with two attempts at the exam), and three controlled assessment projects worth 25% each.

Course outcomes

1 x Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate

Why study this course?

Having solid ICT and computer literacy skills is paramount in having a successful career in the future. If you like to learn in a hands-on fashion and actively engaging with creating products through coursework then you will enjoy studying Creative iMedia. You will also learn many      transferable skills such as how to effectively plan and evaluate your work, to ensure it is of a high standard.

What careers could I pursue?

  • Media planner
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
  • Public relations officer
  • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
  • Television/film/video producer

GCSE Business Studies

Exam board: Edexcel
Course code: 1BSO
Contact: Mrs H Hobson hhobson@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

In today’s world, it’s important to be one step ahead of the competition. The competition may be other businesses, it may be other people applying for the same job or it may be your future colleagues. In all circumstances, it is important to ensure you have developed an analytical viewpoint of the world to avoid getting left behind. Many business ‘moguls’ have already walked this very path to success and, in Business Studies, we aim to learn from their ideas.

What will I study?

Theme 1: investigating a small business

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: building a business

  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

How will I be assessed?

Two written exams worth 50% each.

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

Why study this course?

If you like to actively engage in the study of business and to develop as an effective and independent learner and if you have an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts from opinion and if you like to build arguments and make informed judgements then you should choose to study Business Studies.

You will also learn to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding to a range contemporary issues in a range of national, local and international contexts. Even if you don’t use Business Studies directly in your future career, you will have learnt invaluable skills.

What careers could I pursue?

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business ownership
  • Management consultancy
  • Chartered accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • HR

NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise

Exam board: NCFE
Course code: 603/2955/5
Contact: Mrs H Hobson hhobson@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

In today’s world, it’s important to be one step ahead of the competition. The competition may be other businesses, it may be other people applying for the same job or it may be your future colleagues. In all circumstances, it is important to ensure you have developed an analytical viewpoint of the world to avoid getting left behind. Many business ‘moguls’ have already walked this very path to success and, in Business Studies, we aim to learn from their ideas.

What will I study?

  • Business and enterprise
  • Understanding resources for planning

How will I be assessed?

One exam worth 40%, and coursework worth 60%.

Course outcomes

Level 2 Technical Award (GCSE equivalent) – pass, merit or distinction

Why study this course?

  • understand entrepreneurial characteristics and business aims and objectives
  • legal structures, organisational structures and stakeholder engagement
  • understand the marketing mix, market research, market types and orientation types
  • understand operations management
  • understand internal and external influences on business
  • understand research, resource planning and growth for business
  • understand human resource requirements for a business start-up
  • understand sources of enterprise funding and business finance
  • understand business and enterprise planning

What careers could I pursue?

 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business ownership
  • Management consultancy
  • Chartered accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • HR

GCSE Business Studies

Exam board: WJEC/Eduqas
Course code: 603/1115/0
Contact: Mr D Smith dsmith@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

The media plays a central role in contemporary society and culture. It shapes our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages it offers.

The media has real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable.

The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale. The global nature of the contemporary media, coupled with ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest that its centrality in contemporary life can only increase.

What will I study?

Component one: exploring the media

This component provides a foundation for analysing media products, introducing students to media language and representation through the study of print media forms. You will develop your ability to analyse media language, representations and meanings in a range of media products. In addition, you will study products from specific media industries and audiences to develop your knowledge and understanding of those areas of the theoretical framework.

You will also begin to explore how media products reflect, and are influenced by, the social, cultural, historical and political contexts in which they are produced.

Component two: understanding media forms and products

This component builds on the introduction to key areas of the theoretical framework provided in component one. In component two, you will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of media language and representation, as well as extending your appreciation of these areas through the study of media industries and audiences. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of how relevant social, cultural, political and historical contexts of media influence media products. In this component you will explore particular media forms in depth through both of the following topics:

  • television: crime drama or sitcom
  • music: music video and online media

Component three: creating media products

You will produce an individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component one: written examination, 1hr 30 mins, 40% of qualification
  • Component two: written examination, 1hr 30 mins, 30% of qualification
  • Component three: non-exam assessment (coursework), 30% of qualification

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

Why study this course?

Media Studies nurtures students’ ability to formulate their own responses to the range of media that saturates modern life – both old and new. It also encourages students to develop their opinions on how the media represents the world.

What careers could I pursue?

Media studies graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work include television and radio, film and video, digital media, computer games, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice.

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