The B-ICT department comprises Computing, IT and Business and is staffed by a knowledgeable team with specialisms spanning the breadth of department, each of whom are highly dedicated to their profession. The department is located within the new building and comprises two purpose-built suites which are well equipped and air conditioned.
Curriculum content is taught from Year 7 upwards and individual pathways can be opted for, depending on individual strengths and interests from Year 9 onwards.
Throughout Years 7 and 8 the content is broad and well balanced to ensure that all students receive a well-rounded education within this area, fully meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensuring that they well equipped for the future and have a good level of digital literacy. Students knowledge and skills are well supported with homework to ensure that all students achieve the iDEA Bronze Award (and many achieving Silver). The iDEA Awards (also known as the Duke of York Awards) are nationally recognised and are known to be the digital literacy equivalency of the Duke of Edinburgh award. (https://idea.org.uk)
During the options process students are made aware of which pathways would most reflect the content covered with Years 7 and 8, This ensures that all students are aware of the typical content covered within Years 9, 10 and 11 and so that judgements and decisions are fully informed. The road maps of content, skills and understanding build upon that covered during the first two years at St Joseph’s.
The options currently offered by the department are detailed below:
OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Creative iMedia – this course covers everything related to the creative elements of IT. Students will study various units of work covering a variety of digital products for example: photo editing, video editing, interactive multimedia products, comic strip creation, sound editing. There are more options available to study and the class teacher will make an informed decision about which units are most appropriate given the strengths of individual cohorts. The course demands that two NEA assessments are completed alongside a terminal examination.
Pearson / EDEXCEL Business GCSE – this course allows students to grow and develop their Business acumen and is great for any budding entrepreneurs! The course is divided in to two themes, aptly named Theme 1 and Theme 2. Throughout Theme 1 students will study small business start up’s and what it takes to start a business, this includes looking at formulae needed to complete accounts as well as the legislation which must be considered by a small business. Theme 2 concentrates on developing and growing a business and what will be necessary to take a moderately sized business right up to a multinational company. The assessment is terminal and consists of two written papers (equally weighted)
Mrs C Hazlehurst – Head of Department
Mr F Patel
Mr P Higham