In the IT faculty, we base our curriculum on acquisition of knowledge. We prioritise threshold concepts and believe this is important for students to make solid and sustained progress. In Business, students need an understanding of business finance and internal and external influences on business success. In Computing, programming and an understanding of communication and network infrastructure are fundamental. In ICT, we acknowledge the importance of software skills and an awareness of hardware and software. Economics students need to understand the basic economic problem and how the economy works. Students of Media need to consider how different media representations are constructed by media producers to create meaning, messages and values. In Photography, students must show knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, technologies and resources and a working vocabulary of specialist terms.
These core topics are revisited throughout each key stage, developing in complexity and forming the basis of new concepts.
In Key Stage 3 Computing lessons students will gain a foundation for future Key Stage 4 studies in ICT or Computing. Teachers recognise the impact key knowledge can have on future learning opportunities. For example, when students understand the different types of business ownership, they can better describe the impact of limited liability on a business. In Computing, a sound understanding of algorithms augments programming ability. In Economics, over the 2 years of study, students will apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic issues to better analyse impact on the behaviour of economic agents.