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    Enterprise Faculty

    The Enterprise Faculty is formed of Business & Economics, Design & Technology and Computing subjects. You will find curriculum information below.

    DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - KEY STAGE THREE

    Course Description

    The course prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies to hopefully create autonomous problem solvers. It helps them to look for needs and opportunities within design and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products. Students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, functions and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past designs and solutions, along with their uses and effects. By the end of the course, it is intended that students are knowledgeable about a selection of products that they use in their daily lives, with the opportunity to design and make their own. 

    ICT is used for image capture and generation, data acquisition and controlling and product realisation.

    The course involves exploring design processes and developing knowledge and understanding of the following areas

    • Product analysis
    • Developing, planning and communicating ideas
    • Working with tools, equipment, ingredients, materials and components
    • Uses, qualities and functions of ingredients, materials and components
    • Processes and products
    • Systems and control
    • Health, safety and hygiene procedures

    Course Outline

    Product Design and Graphic Products

    The course develops knowledge and understanding of materials, practical techniques and the human need for technology through exciting, motivating and creative activities. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of, and sympathy for, technological development, and increase their personal resources of technological knowledge and skills through designing and making. Students will appreciate aesthetics and understand colour theory as well as design impacts on the social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of society.

    Textile Technology

    The purpose of the course is to learn a variety of creative and practical studies. Students will have the opportunity to design and make textiles products. The designing will require annotated sketches, modelling and digital presentations. Students will use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery such as computer aided design.  They will also investigate textiles from an industrial perspective. They will learn the properties of materials, the environmental impacts of the textiles industry and the responsibilities of designers. There are opportunities to develop their practical skills, individual flair and creativity through designing, making and evaluating. 

    Food Technology

    The aim of food technology is to develop students’ food preparation and cooking skills, along with their confidence working in the kitchen environment, so that they are able to make a repertoire of well-balanced and appetising food products. Alongside regular practical lessons, students develop an understanding of the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. They also explore the sensory, nutritional and scientific functions of ingredients used in food products, and look at the impact of social, cultural, economic and environmental influences on food production in today’s society.

    Resource Information

    Students are expected to be well equipped with stationery, including pencils and rulers for designing. They will be expected to bring ingredients and a suitable container for practical lessons in Food Technology. 

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    DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - FOOD TECHNOLOGY - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    Year 10

    • Designing and Making Skills
    • Materials and components
    • The functional and nutritional properties of food
    • Practical food skills, methods and processes to produce quality outcomes
    • Design and market influences
    • 'Design and make' activity using controlled assessment criteria and marks.

    Year 11

    • Criteria 2 - Development of design proposals (Continuation with controlled assessment)
    • Criteria 3 - Making final product
    • Criteria 4 - Testing and evaluating (Continuation with controlled assessment)
    • Exam preparation
    • Written examination.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Computing skills
    • Application of number
    • Literacy
    • Working with others
    • Communication skills
    • Problem solving
    • Practical and technical skills
    • Designing and making skills.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    The course is comprised of 60% coursework and 40% written examination.

    Year 10

    • Knowledge, skills and processes
    • Design and make activities.

    Year 11

    • Completion of controlled assessment coursework folder and final made product
    • Exam preparation
    • Written examination.

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Unit 1 - Written Paper - 40% of GCSE 2 hour written exam paper
    • Unit 2 - Design and Making practice - 60% of GCSE is coursework, comprising a design and make activity.

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    DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - PRODUCT DESIGN - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    Year 10

     

    • Classification and working properties of materials
    • Processes
    • Manipulating materials
    • Design in human context
    • Social, cultural, moral and environmental Issues
    • Health and Safety
    • Computing
    • CAD and CAM
    • ‘Design and make’ activity using CA criteria and marks
    • Controlled Assessment
    • Criteria 1 - Investigating the design context

    Year 11

    • Criteria 2 - Development of design proposals
    • (Continuation of controlled assessment)
    • Criteria 3 – Making final product
    • Criteria 4 - Testing and Evaluating
    • (Continuation of controlled assessment)
    • Exam preparation
    • Written examination

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Computing skills
    • Application of number
    • Literacy
    • Working with others
    • Communication skills
    • Problem solving
    • Practical and technical skills
    • Designing and making skills

    How will the Course be Structured?

    The course is comprised of 60% coursework and 40% written examination.

    Year 10

    • Knowledge, skills and processes
    • Design and make activities.

    Year 11

    • Completion of controlled assessment coursework folder and final made product
    • Exam preparation
    • Written examination.

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Unit 1 - Written Paper - 40% of GCSE 2 hour written exam paper
    • Unit 2 - Design and Making practice - 60% of GCSE is coursework, comprising a design and make activity.

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    DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - TEXTILES - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    Year 10

    • Fibres and fabrics, how they are constructed and their suitability for different product
    • Decorating fabrics using a wide range of techniques e.g. appliqué, silk painting etc
    • Analysing textile designs and products linking this with image
    • Social, Cultural, Moral and Environmental Issues associated with fashion and the textile industry
    • Health and Safety
    • How textile products are manufactured
    • Ensuring quality through quality control procedures
    • ‘Design and make’ activity using controlled assessment criteria and marks
    • Begin Controlled Assessment
    • Criteria 1 - Investigating the design context.

    Year 11

    • Criteria 2 - Development of design proposals (Continuation of controlled assessment)
    • Criteria 3 – Making final product 
    • Criteria 4 - Testing and Evaluating
    • Exam preparation
    • Written examination.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Computing and communication skills
    • Application of number and literacy skills
    • Working with others
    • Problem solving and technical skills
    • Designing skills in relation to fashion design and fabric design
    • Construction skills in making up garments, accessories and transferring design onto fabric
    • Evaluation and development skills

    How will the Course be Structured?

    The course is comprised of 60% coursework and 40% written examination

    Year 10

    • Knowledge, skills and processes
    • Design and make activities.

    Year 11

    • Completion of controlled assessment coursework folder and final made product
    • Exam preparation
    • Written examination.

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Unit 1 - Written Paper - 40% of GCSE 2 hour written exam paper
    • Unit 2 - Design and Making practice - 60% of GCSE is coursework, comprising a design and make activity.

     

    COMPUTING (ICT) - KEY STAGE THREE

    Course Description

    Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking, and how to make best use of information technology.  It aims to give pupils a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.

    Course Outline

    Students are taught 1 hour of discrete Computing lessons per week. During each year, throughout Key Stage 3, pupils work through 6 units, covering a wide range of skills, enriched with cross curricular links.  The curriculum combines digital literacy, computer science and information technology.  All units studied emphasise the following themes

    • Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of computer technology
    • Apply understanding skills to solve problems by using computer programs
    • Analyse and make reasoned judgements and present concusions.

    Resource Information

    Access to a computer for personal use outside school hours is beneficial, although not essential.  Pupils wishing to take work home with them are advised to use a USB pen drive for the transfer of data files.

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    COMPUTING - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    • Algorithms
    • Programming techniques
    • Producing robust programs
    • Computational logic
    • Networks
    • System security
    • System software
    • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Acquiring and applying knowledge of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems
    • Developing computer programs to solve problems
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.
    • An understanding of current and emerging technologies, how they work and applying this knowledge in a range of contexts
    • The development of project management skills.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10

    • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)
    • Programming project (03/04)

    Year 11 

    • Computer systems (01)

    How will Students be Assessed?

    Examination

    • Computer systems (01)
    • 1 hour 30 mins
    • 40% of final grade
    • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)
    • 1 hour 30 mins
    • 40% of final grade

    Non examined assessment

    • Programming project (03/04)
    • 20% of final grade

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    COMPUTING (COMPULSORY) KEY STAGE FOUR

    What is Studied?

    Students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Students will also become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • The capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
    • Analytical, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
    • How changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    The course will be delivered within a carousel, alongside RE and CCW.

    Year 10

    • Programming with Python
    • Website development

    Year 11

    • Advanced programming in Python
    • Advanced HTML

    How will Students be Assessed?

    The course will be assessed internally, using existing Key Stage 4 criteria. There is no Controlled Assessment or Coursework for this Computing course.

     

    BUSINESS STUDIES - GCSE

    • Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business
    • Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business
    • Unit 3 - Building a Business

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Practical skills - time management, personal organisation and action planning
    • Analysis and evaluation of real business scenarios
    • Presentation skills - addressing audiences using a variety of media and forms
    • Interpersonal skills - communication and group work
    • Cognitive skills - reflection and review of own and others’ performances
    • Mathematical skills for finance
    • Information Technology - computing skills
    • Problem solving

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10 (Units 1 and 3)

    • Spotting a business opportunity
    • Showing enterprise
    • Effective financial management
    • Marketing
    • Meeting customer needs
    • Putting a business idea into practice
    • Making the start-up effective

    Controlled assessment (Unit 2)

    • Work experience

    Year 11 (Completion of Unit 1 and 3)

    • Effective people management
    • Understanding the economic context
    • The wider world affecting business

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Unit 1 - 25% of GCSE, 45 minute multiple choice paper
    • Unit 2 - 25% of GCSE, controlled assessment (6 hours research and 3 hours write-up)
    • Unit 3 - 50% of GCSE, 1 hour 30 minute written paper including extended essay based questions and calculations
     

    ECONOMICS - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    • Unit 1 - How the market works
    • Unit 2 - How the Economy works
    • Unit 3 - The UK Economy and Globalisation

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Communication
    • Application of Numbers
    • Information Technology
    • Working with Others
    • Improving Own Learning and Performance
    • Problem Solving
    • Presentation Skills.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10 - Unit 1

    • What is the Economic Problem?
    • What are competitive markets?
    • How do firms operate in competitive markets?

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Unit 1 - 25% of GCSE, 1 hour written paper
    • Unit 2 - 25% of GCSE, 1 hour written paper
    • Unit 3 - 50% of GCSE, 1 hour 30 minute written paper with Pre-released stimulus

    All include short answer and extended essay questions.