Computer Science,

  Business, DIT

GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science, like mathematics, underpins a huge range of subjects, and has concepts and ways of working that do not change quickly over time, including programming, algorithms and data structures. A key skill that is developed is ‘computational thinking’ and this offers insightful ways to view how information operates in many natural and engineered systems.

This qualification develops student’s ability to apply ‘computational thinking’ and has a specification with a trusted approach and clear assessments accessible to all. It also fosters skills and knowledge for progression to further study.

Students considering studying computer science at university and want to begin a computer science career can look at roles such as:

  • Computer programming
  • Software engineering
  • Website/app design/development
  • Computer game development
  • Cybersecurity

BTEC Enterprise:

Enterprise is all about how to work as an entrepreneur and begin a new, successful business idea from nothing. Students examine a range of real-life enterprises as well as planning and implementing their own entrepreneurial ideas. This is an excellent course for any students that are not only looking to have their own enterprise in the future but would also like to acquire some valuable, transferable life skills.

The course is designed to encourage an investigative approach to some real-world questions. Skills used include, data analysis and interpretation, group work, individual research, planning, and report writing. Students will make extensive use of IT and online facilities. Enthusiasm about the world of business and real-world entrepreneurs is key to success.

Students considering studying business at university and want to begin a business career can look at roles such as:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Project manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Business analyst

BTEC Digital Information Technology

The Award gives students the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  1. Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data.
  2. Process that underpins effective ways of working in digital information technology, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct.
  3. Attitudes that are considered most important in digital information technology, including personal management and communication.
  4. Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process, and attitudes in the sector such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.

Students considering studying information technology at university and want to begin a IT career can look at roles such as:

  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  • Data analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst