ICT and Business
Pupils will experience the use of ICT as a tool to aid them in their studies of all subject areas. Importantly, pupils will also learn to recognise where and when it is appropriate to apply ICT. During their time at The Priory Academy, students will learn the skills to use Microsoft Office, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. They will also get the opportunity to explore their creativity and develop their graphics skills including Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash. In KS4 and 5 students also learn about digital portfolios and computer programming.
Within the IT and Business studies department is the highly specialised area of IT Practitioners which also includes the sought after professional Cisco qualifications. Studied through BTEC Firsts and Nationals students the courses are available in Year 10/11 and at a higher level in the Sixth Form. With courses designed for students who are interested in furthering their practical knowledge of ICT, students learn to build, configure and repair computers and ultimately are able to learn the skills of workstation and network management. There is a high emphasis on practical work, as well as demanding academic material. Studying these courses is unusual because there is a large amount of practical work, but also demanding and interesting theory work. Practical and intelligent problem solvers enjoy this work in particular.
The Business Studies department is highly successful, We have excellent links with the business world, developed over many years. We regularly visit and have visiting speakers from Jackson Building Centre; Lindum Group; Siemens; Lincoln City Centre Point and the Old Bakery to name but a few. The involvement with these businesses makes the subject come alive and enhances a real understanding of how businesses work in practice.