ICT & Business
The ICT and Business Faculty deliver lessons in purpose built computer rooms supported by a team of technicians to ensure computer equipment is consistently available to students.
Business Studies is a fascinating and dynamic subject which teaches pupils the principles and theories behind business management and the practices behind running a successful business. The Business Studies curriculum at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is intended to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills required to become outstanding employees or indeed employers. We help to develop the range of thinking and learning skills necessary for examination success, but we go beyond that. We strive to create the innovators of the future, by providing every pupil with the opportunity to develop 21st Century employability skills.
At the heart of everything we do is a strong emphasis on nurturing and supporting individual students to achieve excellence within Business Studies.
Over the years the department has forged strong links with numerous organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, 02 at Preston Brook, Manchester Airport, Alton Towers, Hays Recruitment as well as independent businesses. These organisations bring teaching and learning to life in the form of visits and case studies.
Business Studies is offered at both KS4 and KS5.
The GCSE OCR Computing course has real relevance in our modern world, it provides leaners with an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works looking specifically at what ‘goes on behind’ the scenes. The OCR course at GCSE is interesting and varied, providing an understanding of current and emerging technologies. The modules looks in-depth at how computers work allowing learners to apply this knowledge and understanding to a range of given contexts. Pupils will develop computer programmes to solve problems and develop skills to work collaboratively.
The GCSE is made up of two written exams covering a mixture of short and long answers on computer systems and programming worth 80% of the GCSE. This is combined with a controlled assessment which is worth 20% of the overall grade. OCR set a choice of options which candidates can chose based upon practical investigation and a programming project
Through this study of computer programming the course will help learners develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills and enable learners to go onto further study and employment in the field of computer science.
Trips organised for Computing students have included the Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, Daresbury Laboratory, the Jaguar Factory in Halewood, Alton towers and Thorpe Park.
Pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 work towards the GCSE ICT Single Award qualification. This incorporates 2 units – a written examination based on theory and a controlled assessment. Throughout unit 1, pupils will learn all about ‘living in a digital world’. This includes making use of the internet for shopping online, booking holidays and as an information resource; different digital devices and the way they work; how ICT impacts society and safety issues. Additionally pupils will look at networks and the different networking options enabling people to access the internet whether on a PC, tablet or mobile phone. Unit 1 forms 40% of the GCSE qualification.
Unit 2 takes the form of a controlled assessment and makes up the remaining 60% of the qualification. Pupils have 40 hours to design and develop various digital products including logos, digital posters and videos, podcasts, websites, apps and more. This enables pupils to develop and hone skills on a variety of software applications on PC desktops, tablets and other devices.
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia level 2 is a media sector-focused qualification, which includes film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and has IT at its heart. It provides knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and has a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals delivers skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.
Units that students will study at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy include
- R081- Pre-Production Skills
- R082 – Creating digital graphics
- R084 – Storytelling with a comic strip
- R085 – Creating a multimedia website