The faculty is comprised of a number of subjects that build the vital communication skills needed in today’s working world.

Modern Foreign Languages

Successful language learning engenders cultural and social understanding and empathy.  In the Modern Foreign Language department, we aim to promote language confidence and skills for real-world purposes as well as academic.

Our students are offered opportunities to practise their language skills in context and to learn more about other countries through an extensive and interactive programme which supports them at all abilities and stages as they progress towards becoming confident and successful communicators.

Computing

“A high-quality computing education equips students to use computation thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, design and technology” (extract from the Computing programmes of study by the Department for Education).

Computer Science is the study of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.    All students study Computer Science during years 7 and 8.  At Key Stage 4 they have the option to follow a GCSE programme of study.  This is a highly motivating course and enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become competent Computer Science practitioners.

Digital Literacy teaches students to be able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology as active participants in a digital world.  Students in all years follow a programme of study in Digital Literacy.    Students learn how to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including how to protect their online identity and privacy.    Interwoven with digital literacy skills are the ICT skills which enable students to undertake creative problems and combine multiple applications across a range of devices, with the aim that our students become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Business Studies

The role of business is to make the world a better place for everyone – creating wealth and wellbeing, prosperity, jobs and choices. Our aim is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of students of the business world and to develop within them an appreciation of the influences and constraints within which businesses work.

By acquiring an understanding of these issues and considering them in a National and International context, students will be able to develop their own values and standards. This will better prepare them for the workplace and help them to make informed choices about their future careers.

The subject offers a diverse and engaging variety of topics which focus on contemporary local, national and international businesses. Your development should be an adventure of discovery, just as ours continues to be. In today’s business world, you need to be an explorer, an originator and an entrepreneur. Studying business will equip learners with valuable, transferable skills.

As well as specific subject knowledge, learners will be required to work individually as well as part of a team.

They will learn the importance of communications, both verbal and written; be required to engage in problem solving activities; take individual and corporate responsibility as required.  All of this will therefore develop their confidence and their professionalism.

Business Studies is one of the school’s most popular option subjects and many continue through to do level 3 courses (BTEC and A-Levels at college). At The Magna Carta School, we offer students a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business qualification and the department regularly achieves outstanding results. This qualification provides excellent progression, not only for further educational study up to degree level, but prepares students well for the world of work beyond school.

Mrs S Dennis
Head of Faculty