Computing and Business (CAB)
Business Curriculum Intent
Our curriculum is designed to continuously equip students with a range of enterprise skills and entrepreneurial knowledge so that they are able evaluate the potential impact of these on business success and failure.
We believe in creating time to apply subject specific knowledge, skills and concepts to a wide variety of different Business contexts. It is within this critical area that students can enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural responsibility and their ethical understanding.
It is essential to support student development in financial capability within both personal and business finance circumstances. This enables students to embark on applying their prior mathematical ability to solve given monetary problems.
Students need to gain an understanding of how economic and political factors affect the real world around us. We want to develop economically active citizens to have the confidence to make positive decisions.
A key purpose of our curriculum is to allow students to become workplace ready by developing their marketing awareness. An ability to plan and perform market research for a variety of target audiences to meet customer needs and understand competitive behaviour will be advantageous to students in the careers marketplace.
A final objective of the Business curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in developing their employability skills, ready to inform and guide their future career choices.
Business Curriculum Principles
- To continuously equip students with a range of enterprise skills and entrepreneurial knowledge.
- To create time to apply subject specific knowledge, skills and concepts to a wide variety of different Business contexts.
- To support student development in financial capability including personal and business finance circumstances.
- To enable students to gain an understanding of how economic and political factors affect the real world around us.
- To allow students to become workplace ready by developing their marketing awareness.
- To provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in developing their employability skills, ready to guide their future career choices.
Computer Science and Information Technology Curriculum Intent
Our curriculum is designed to develop and build upon prior e-safety knowledge and safeguard all students against online threats. Students can consider the positive and negative impact of being online across a variety of technology and social media platforms.
We believe in facilitating opportunities for students to interact with computational thinking scenarios in order to enhance their analytical, problem-solving, logical reasoning and mathematical skills.
It is essential to build student awareness of cyber security and emerging technologies so that our students can become workplace ready and are equipped with current and applicable skills for life in modern day Britain.
A key factor of our curriculum is to contextualise learning across all learning episodes through the use and application of relevant real-life experiences particularly within topics such as programming, project management and computer systems.
Students need to develop transferable skills through digital literacy and utilise industry standard software in word processing, spreadsheet modelling, database design, desktop publishing and graphic manipulation. Inevitably this will raise the digital standards of all students, increasing productivity and efficiency cross-curricular and allow students to access to further study and a wide range of employment possibilities.
Computer Science and Information Technology Curriculum Principles
- To build upon prior e-safety knowledge and safeguard all students against online threats.
- To facilitate computational thinking.
- To build an awareness of cyber security and emerging technological advancements.
- To contextualise learning across all learning episodes.
- To develop transferable skills through digital literacy.
Economics Curriculum Intent
The Economics curriculum is built upon the core concept of creating economically active citizens, who can play an active role in shaping society and correcting asymmetric information. We aim to give students a wide range of transferable skills for maximising utility in education, into the workplace and the community.
The Economics curriculum focuses around students developing critical analysis and evaluative skills and being able to use these in the real world. Economic theory is only part of the learning journey with the application of context and development of wider understanding and challenging student’s social, moral and ethical understanding. Our curriculum will push students understanding and beliefs encompassing core PSHE themes from tackling controversial issues such as immigration, poverty and wealth to pollution and corruption enabling our students to critically analyse political decision-making.
We believe a key part in society today, is the understanding of polarised views and the role situational bias can play in these. Economics students become proficient at analysing why these ideologies exist, but also the opportunity cost if they were to be applied. Students will become experts in applying to context and identifying current themes such as moral hazard that will distort the greater good of society.
Debt and the availability of credit is more significant than ever before for both individuals and the economy as a whole. Our students will recognise the role money plays in specialisation but also the importance the availability of credit has upon the economy and its importance in maintaining our standard of living while also articulating the significance and factors influencing debt. The aim is not only for our students to become experts in theory but competent in identifying potential opportunities and problems and offering solutions.
Economics Curriculum Principles
- To develop students who recognise and understand the basic economic problem of unlimited wants but scarce resources within our world.
- For students to develop specialist knowledge on the role of credit and debt on both individuals and society.
- To equip students with the skills to critically analyse and evaluate a wide range of scenarios, the opportunity cost and associated validity of contrasting perspectives.
- Empower students with the ability to apply theory to the real world in a multitude of situations and challenge stereotypes, discrimination and herding behaviour.
- To create economically active citizens who take an active interest in decisions impacting upon individuals, society and the country as a whole.
- To enable students to recognise moral hazard and tragedy of the commons in action along with the associated costs and benefits to society.