Computing & Business
Take a look at the world around you. How close to a computer are you? When was the last time you used one? Life without computers is almost unimaginable. There’s nothing that doesn’t involve computing in some way. The Department of Computing at Hazel Grove High School looks to provide an exciting and innovative curriculum. We regularly review the curriculum and modern technology to ensure that all our students develop an up to date knowledge and skills fit for the 21st century workplace.
In KS3, students have two lessons per fortnight and will cover a range of topics that will help to develop their ICT skills and introduce them to computing concepts such as programming and algorithms, web design, computer hardware and software, animation and e-safety.
At KS4 we currently offer;
Cambridge National Diploma in ICT (OCR)
Units currently studied include spreadsheets, databases, computer programming, graphics design, website creation and using video editing software. Students submit a series of coursework portfolios each year, contributing to their overall grade. One end of course exam is sat in Year 11 covering the fundamental concepts and theories of information systems.
GCSE Computing (AQA)
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.
At KS5 students we currently offer;
GCE ICT (OCR)
ICT focuses on how ICT is used, with an emphasis on the application of ICT skills in everyday life and the workplace. Students look at the way that ICT is used; at home, in the health system, in education and in business. Students will also investigate the capabilities and limitations of ICT, exploring new technologies and alternative methods of data capture and analysis.
The AS coursework element will involve investigating real life businesses and developing methods of advertising and publicising the business as well as promoting their purpose and ethos.
At A2 level students will study topics such as; Networks, The Internet, Codes of Conduct and Security. The A2 coursework element involves planning, designing, developing and testing a system for effective data capture for a company/business of their choice.
Mr Scott Richardson – Head of Computing (W7)
Mr Bradbury - Teacher of Business and Computing (W5)
Mrs Kelly - Teacher of Computing (W4)
The Business Studies Department
Business Studies covers the life-cycle of a business – from start-up to multi-national company. Case-studies of a wide variety of businesses are used, ranging from the smallest business start-up (as may be seen on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den) to the largest plc’s, such as Tesco and Microsoft. It involves studying in some detail how today’s businesses carry out their various functions, including marketing, finance, operations management (production) and people (human resources).
Key Stage 4
AQA GCSE Business Studies is a very popular subject at KS4. Students presently study the course over two years with two examinations at the end of Year 11. The course has 3 units. Unit 1 – Setting up a Business, which accounts for 40% of the overall award. Unit 2 is entitled ‘Growing as a Business’ and constitutes the final 35% of the award Unit 3 is the Controlled Assessment where students research a local business in relation to a topic set by the exam board. This accounts for 25% of the overall award. The course content ensures that all topics are covered comprehensively and allows plenty of time for revision prior to examinations. Additionally, we hope to inspire some budding entrepreneurs of the future. There are five lessons a fortnight at Key Stage 4.
BTEC Level 2
We have developed our Key Stage 4 curriculum further by introducing a BTEC Level 2 qualification which will be studied over two years. The nature of the course allows theory to be applied to real life businesses, both local and national. We have successfully run this course for the first time this year and results have been outstanding (as they have for our past vocational courses), with pupils finding the vocational nature of the qualification particularly useful when progressing onto colleges and apprenticeships. There are five lessons a fortnight at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 5
The department offers Edexcel A-level Business Studies.
In this academic year 2016-2017, we have started with the linear Business Studies A-level course. Subject content is very broad with ten topic areas being covered across the two years; from ‘what is a business?’ in the first year to learning more about ‘managing strategic change’ in the second year. The examinations are currently at the end of the two year study period with three examinations in total.
Beyond The Curriculum
As well as trips and activities outside the classroom, the Business Studies department gives all pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 the opportunity to set up and run their own business. We have had a number of businesses set up by pupils this year as part of the Edge activities, during Activities week and also through the Manchester Airport Enterprise Competition. The Manchester Airport Enterprise Competition provides students with the perfect opportunity to showcase their work and to develop their skills as the entrepreneurs of the future.
All lessons are taught in a fully equipped business room which has a state of the art smart board to enhance lesson quality. The department has an excellent set of texts which mirror the courses offered and utilizes the ICT rooms which are used on a regular basis. The department prides itself in moving with the times and using a plethora of teaching and learning techniques to keep students up to date with the latest business case studies. Updates and materials are provided via the intranet moodle system and Twitter.
Mr Graham Street – Head of Business Studies (W3)
Mr Bradbury - Teacher of Business (W5)