IT/BUSINESS STUDIES

Faculty Aims and Objectives

At Alsop we are committed to giving our students a range of relevant skills and understanding of ICT/Computer Science that will prepare them for the increasingly competitive university and job markets. As such, the students at Alsop will study a range of applications including Microsoft Office, Serif, Adobe and Python.


Teaching Staff

Head of Faculty
Miss A Dowling
Subject Staff
Mr T Barnes
Miss K Bushell
Mrs P Bennett
Mr T Muscatelli
Mrs L Richardson
Miss S Richardson
Mr J Thompson
Mr B Williams

Facilities

Our aim is to ensure that all students have access to the resources they need to take full advantage of a 21st Century learning experience, making full use of existing and emerging technology. The computing suites are available for use, both during and after school. The computing faculty has access to 10 fully equipped computer rooms, each with an interactive whiteboard, which host the latest software. 


Key Stage 3 Overview

All pupils will be taught to: design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems; understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

Students will cover a range of topics that will help to develop their ICT skills and introduce them to computing concepts. KS3 homework is accessed online, through Doddle. Provision is made for all students to be able to complete homework afterschool if required.

In Year 7, students will identify and describe a range of computer components and distinguish the difference between hardware and software. They will also cover the topic of E-safety and learn more about this important area to create their own webpages. Students are introduced to data collection, modelling and animation through enjoyable schemes of learning.

In Year 8, students will further develop their ability to use ICT & Computing skills in a range of different contexts to solve more complex problems. They will also be introduced to the theoretical side of the subject which involves students learning and using a range of computer programming languages, algorithms and computational abstractions.


Key Stage 4 Overview

All pupils will have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career. The ICT & Computing Department offers two courses at Key Stage 4, catering to a wide range of student interests and learning preferences.

CIDA this qualification aims to; equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make effective digital products for others to use. It enable young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain and fosters young people’s creativity and develop their independent learning skills. Furthermore, it gives young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.

The course comprises of two units an online Web exam and an externally marked coursework unit.

GCSE Computing is a subject distinct from ICT in that the focus is on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding to create computer systems including software and applications in use on computers and mobile devices. This course teaches students to understand the fundamental concepts of computing and develop software applications to solve a range of problems. Students with a keen interest in solving abstract problems and logic will find this course highly engaging.

The course is assessed through two written exams undertaken in year 11. Topics covered include practical programming projects using the Python programming language, computer memory and data storage, networking, hardware and software components and logic. Students should consider GCSE Computing if they wish to pursue further studies in computing or programming or a career in software or game development.


Key Stage 5 Overview

If you have a keen interest in computers and electronics or are interested in the way that digital information is communicated then our key stage 5 courses have you covered. Sure, computers play a big part in the course but you will also look at how devices like mobile phones and audio/visual networks can be used alongside computers. Building these key skills now is vital for the increasingly electronic world we live in.

As well as the computing basics, you will focus your studies on how information technology systems work, creating systems to manage information, using social media in business, data modelling and website development.

As part of your studying, you are obviously going to develop some solid practical skills. In this case, programming, database security and learning how networks (such as the Internet) operate.

ICT is also great at helping you build project management and numeracy skills and it will also encourage you to think logically in order to solve problems.

BTEC Level 3 Information Technology There can be no doubt that ICT is the future, it continues to expand and become important for all aspects of human life. This new and exciting course encourages you to develop crucial computing and design skills whilst teaching you about the internal workings of the computer. You will study how to use ICT as an important communication tool and learn about the online world and the importance of networking and the Internet and why it is so important.

By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of how data is used in a computer system, how important networking is and how the Internet can be used in the most beneficial way. You will know how companies use social media to promote their business, you will be able to use multiple languages to develop a website. You will be able to create, upgrade and update, all of which are essential skills for the modern workplace.

The course is assessed via two coursework units, 1 external exam and 1 externally marked set task.

BTEC Level 3 Creative Media/Games Design The course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree-level study and employment in the media sector.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in designing games to explore, develop and test their creativity in a way which is stimulating and demanding. You will create a computer game and follow the project structure including storyboarding, creating and editing the game.

The course is assessed via two coursework units, 1 external exam and 1 externally marked set task.

A Level Computing – OCR There can be no doubt that computing is the future, it continues to expand and become important for all aspects of human life. Many traditional jobs are being replaced by automation, making the next generation of programmers even more and more important to industry.

This new and exciting course encourages you to develop crucial problem solving skills. You will learn about the advanced internal workings of computer systems and develop advanced programs using multiple languages.

The course is assessed through two external exams, alongside a project at the end of year 13.

BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business is an introduction to the business sector for learners for whom an element of business would be complementary. The qualification supports progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other vocational or general qualifications. The principles of business that you will learn on the course will run through every organisation that you might work for, from developing a marketing campaign, operating accurate accounting and developing effective transferable employability skills, such as interpersonal skills time management and research. Furthermore, it also allows you to understand the importance of managing personal finance.

The course is assessed via two coursework units, 1 external exam and 1 externally marked set task. 


Extra Curricular Activities

After school computer programming development: For pupils that want to develop their programming skills further, this club is fantastic for learning new skills and developing new applications.

After school Lego Mindstorm program development: An exciting after school club that gives pupils the chance to create their own robots and develop a series or programs that will operate it.

After school BTEC ICT catch up sessions: for pupils who may need assistance with homework or with particular aspects of the theory, teachers are on hand to help answer all questions.

After school CIDA catch up sessions: for those pupils who may need assistance with homework or with particular aspects of the theory, teachers are on hand to help answer all questions.

Dinnertime drop in sessions: for pupils who may not have ICT facilities at home or may wish to complete additional work.

Evening drop in sessions: for pupils who may not have ICT facilities at home or may wish to complete additional work.


Future Careers

Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Broadcast Engineer, Surveyor, Software or Web Developer/Designer, Telecoms, Creative Digital Media, Multimedia Broadcaster, Sound Technician, Systems Analyst, Computer Games Developer, UX (user experience) developer, Armed Forces Technical Officer, Intelligence Officer, Satellite Technician, Commodity Broker, Financial Risk Analyst.

Accounting, Finance (Commercial Banking, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Investment Banking, Real Estate, Insurance), Human Resources, Operations Management, General Management, Marketing (Advertising, Public Relations, Market Research, Product Management) Retail Management, Television, Film
Radio, Sound Recording, Print-Based Media, Interactive Media, Games Development


Useful Web Links

http://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/ict

http://www.reviseict.co.uk

Alsop ICT Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0A5MfZ582NZl3bqJp1WOg

Code Academy:

https://www.codecademy.com/

Scratch Ed:

http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/

Invent with Python:

http://inventwithpython.com/

Code Hero:

http://primerlabs.com/codehero

Play my Code:

http://www.playmycode.com/

BBC Computing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/computing/

Homework

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk (KS3,KS4)

https://www.knowitallninja.com/ (KS5)


Downloads

Business Specification:

Pearson BTEC L2 Tech Award Enterprise Specification

Pearson BTEC L3 Nationals Business Specification

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study

KS3 Computing Programme of Study

Key Stage 4 Programmes of Study

Computer Science Programme of Study

Year 9 Programme of Study

Year 11 BTEC Programme of Study

Key Stage 5 Programmes of Study

A Level Computer Science Specification

BTEC National Certificate Digital Media Production Specification

BTEC National Extended Certificate Information Technology

Key Stage 4 Specifications

GCSE Computer Science Specification

IMEDIA L2 Specification

Key Stage 5 Specifications

OCR A2 Computer Science Specification