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Business, Computing & Media Department

Business, Computing & Media Department Intent Statement

The Business, Computing and Media department aims to equip pupils with a broad and balanced experience of the business and technological world.  We live in an ever-changing world with technologies that assist our lives and we need to embrace them.  Alongside this, career pathways and vocations are also developing within the use of technology and therefore we need to allow all pupils to become digitally literate and confident.  Abbey Park Pupils will end their time with us having the knowledge required to live in our digital and constantly changing world.

At KS3 pupils are submerged into all factors of Business, Computing and Media.  Within their 3 years they will study components of all three disciplines to allow them to experience the depth and range of these specialist areas as well as form their opinion on their effect on society and their lives today.  Units are designed to embrace new technologies and allow for pupils to make informed choices for KS4 courses.

At KS4 we offer specialist courses in Business Studies, Computer Science, Media Studies and Creative iMedia. Each area is taught by specialist staff and allows the pupils to develop their knowledge of each profession. 

Business Studies

Within this course pupils will develop their understanding of how the business world operates – current affairs and the day to day life of how a business functions. The course gives pupils the opportunity to explore ideas and scenarios, in a creative way based on the business world.

Computer Science

Pupils will leave Abbey Park with the knowledge and skills of all things computing including programming, cyber security and networks.  Computer Science also allows pupils to explore the topical issues surrounding ethics, environmental and legal implications of computing – all are areas of significance as our lives are digitally tracked in our use of apps and systems.

Media Studies

The media influences our daily choices subconsciously and this course allows pupils to explore the tricks of the media trade while analysing the power of colour, image, text and influence.  This course focusses on analysing set products as well as the pupils creating their own product (30% of their final grade).

Creative iMedia

This is a practical course which focussed on interactive aspects of media for example – creating graphics, video games.  Pupils are assessed in the creation of their media products in which they need to apply the codes and conventions of the media. Within this course there is one examinable unit and 3 practical coursework-based units.

KS3 and KS4 Business, Computing and Media Curriculum Maps

Click below in 'Related Documents' to view curriculum maps. 

Please Note: Curriculum Maps for KS4 are available.  The KS3 course is being reviewed and will be available as soon as it is verified, for details on current KS3 teaching please refer to the C-19 curriculum planning documents.

APS Business Studies Curriculum Map KS4 (190KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms

APS Computer Science Curriculum Map KS4 (174KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms

APS Creative iMedia Curriculum Map KS4 (168KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms

APS Media Studies Curriculum Map KS4 (188KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms

Covid-19 adaption to Curriculum

Within the academic year 2020-2021 and the re-opening of schools curriculum areas have made adaptions to their offer due to the different working and learning conditions.  Below are the curriculum plans in light of being Covid-19 safe and working within our C-19 safety requirements.

 

C-19 BCAM Curriculum Planning T1&2 2020 (141KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school