ICT

Information and Communication Technology is at the heart of modern life. It is constantly evolving and expanding its role in society. The ICT/Computing Department seeks to prepare pupils for life as digital citizens, able to use and assess digital resources but also to understand the principals underpinning them.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

The ICT team offers lunch time sessions each week for ICT subject support. The department is also developing the role of Digital Ambassadors – pupils with an outstanding attitude to the subject who are trained to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm to others, offering them the opportunity to become accredited via the Microsoft Academy programme.

The Bicester School is also planning on developing a robotics team that will take part in the Lego League Competition.

We also run a Games Club every, Friday lunchtime in ICT1.

We shall also be exploring the further use of Raspberry Pi, App Inventor throughout the academic year.

Business Studies

The Business and Economics team is part of the ICT department. We currently offer students Edexcel GCSE Business and Economics at KS4 and Edexcel GCE Economics at KS5.

Students enjoy these subjects as they learn about how businesses operate and issues that confront owners of these business in the real world. Skills that students will acquire include:

  •  Communication. Presenting findings and explaining complex data to a variety of audiences in an effective and persuasive way either orally or in written form.
  •  Numeracy. Researching and interpreting complex data and making recommendations as well as applying mathematical and statistical analysis methods to the data
  •  Problem-solving. A creative problem-solving approach and sound, logical decision-making skills whilst considering the wider influences
  •  Analytical skills. Critical thinking including evaluation and performance assessment;
  •  Time management. The ability to manage time, projects and resources within designated time frames.

Students taking GCSE can progress to GCEs in Business and/or Economics, which can lead to a number of Business and Economics related degree courses. Students taking GCE Economics can progress to degree courses in related business subjects as well as many social science courses.

Careers for Business and Economics students include:

Equity Analyst, Planning Analyst, Audit Associate, Financial Analyst, Accountant, Area Manager (Retail), Operations Graduate, Investment Banker, Fund Analyst, Broker, Risk Analyst, Corporate Markets Graduate, Assistant Brand Manager, Trainee Buyer, Business Operations Graduate, Management Consultant, Business Analyst, Store Development Trainee, Human Resource Manager, Fraud Strategist.