Our mission is to develop our students to enable them to realise their full potential, academically, socially and creatively using 21st century solutions. We want to enable them to venture into the world of work to create things that people need and that work well having accessed the very latest in equipment and technologies here at College. This way we can work towards a better, sustainable global community.
By recognising and planning learning around different contexts and experiences, the Realisation faculty curriculum aims to make better connections across your child’s learning. Important themes emerge, such as enterprise and sustainable development, and their learning relates to these themes and is built in to the experiences to support the development of skills and attributes and therefore positive outcomes. We help prepare your child for life in the real world!
The faculty is led by Mrs Whittaker is also the subject lead for Computing and ICT. She is supported by Mrs Semple – Business Studies subject lead and Ms Lees – Design Technology subject lead.
Mrs Whittaker can be contacted by email.
GCSE STUDY IN REALISATION
STUDENT STUDY ROUTES AT GCSE
The subjects offered by the faculty are all option subjects.
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
GCSE IN DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
Students will be encouraged to design and make products with creativity and originality using materials that are specific to the area they are studying; Textiles, Resistant Materials & Food. This Design & Make task will enable our students to have the opportunity to generate real solutions for real problems.
Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities and develop their knowledge of materials, equipment and environmental issues further. They will be encouraged to use new technologies, processes and investigate new materials.
Unit 1 40% ~ 2 Hour written exam
Unit 2 60% ~ Design & Make Task
ICT & COMPUTING DEPARTMENT
Students who take GCSE ICT will study a number of digital devices, they will investigate how they work, the effect they have in the workplace, on society, and for eCommerce. They will also investigate eSafety, the use of the internet and the law surrounding this.
Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World. Written examination, this is worth 40% of the final GCSE award. Content for this will be studied in year 11.
Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools. Students complete one controlled assessment piece that makes up 60% of the final GCSE award; this will be completed in year 10.
Unit 1 – Computer Systems and programming. Written examination, this is worth 40% of the final GCSE award. Content for this will be studied throughout the course.
Unit 2 – Practical Investigation. Students complete the first controlled assessment piece that makes up 30% of the final GCSE award.
Unit 3 – Programming Project. Students complete the second controlled assessment piece that makes up 30% of the final GCSE award.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS 75% EXAMINATION 25% CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT
Students will study 3 units that make up this GCSE:-
Unit 8 ICT Systems in Business – Written Paper 40% of final grade. Focusses on how businesses are organised and how they use ICT to communicate and function.
Unit 9 Using ICT in Business – Computer Based Exam 35% of final grade– the skills required to create and develop effective business documents, Spreadsheets, Databases, Web Design, Letter and Advert Composition, Effective Presentations.
Unit 10 Investigating ICT in Business – Controlled Assessment 25% of final grade. Based around a case study of a how a business using ICT to communicate, students will create documents to fit the purpose of a particular business need.