Business, Computing & Social Sciences Faculty

Our Business, Computing and Social Science Faculty is made up of the following subject areas:

•    Computer Science
•    Business Studies and Economics
•    Social Sciences: Child Development and Health and Social Care
•    Psychology
•    Sociology

Computing

Computer Science is a subject which empowers learners to manipulate both the software and the hardware of computers.  This subject at Rivington and Blackrod High School has evolved from ICT and through the successes of the department.  Computing challenges learners to help them to understand what a computer is and how they can interact with computing technology.

A child entering Rivington and Blackrod High School will be given opportunities to build and program 3D computer games, build a Personal Computer, design and prototype their own APP as well as learning the fundamentals of ICT.

The school offers a range of optional qualifications in Computer Science at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 which enable students to leave our school with the best possible foundations for further study or work in the areas of Computer Science and ICT. 

To view the curriculum overviews of Computer Science, please click on the links below:
Key stage 3 Computer Science
Key stage 4 Computer Science
Key stage 5 Computer Science

Business Studies and Economics

“Learning to make money is a good servant not a bad master”

Business is a huge contributor to the success of our economy and impacts on the everyday decisions we make in society. Young people are more aware today than ever before of how businesses and economics influence their lives, from TV advertising campaigns to financing their time at university.

The subjects offered in the Business Studies and Economics Department offer a gateway into a wide range of University courses and careers.  Although they are not vocational in approach (meaning you don’t emerge as an Accountant) they provide a valuable insight into the world of business and the promise of a successful career.  We study a wide range of business and economic issues and examine their impact on the real world.

As well as giving students the opportunity to achieve academically, we are keen to encourage the development of entrepreneurial, leadership and team skills.  Students have the opportunity to go on international residential trips and to take part in major national business and economics competitions.  To visit the department, please contact the relevant head of subject.

To view the curriculum overviews of Business Studies and Law please click on the links below:

To view and download an overview of the A-Level Business Studies Curriculum, click here.
To view and download an overview of the BTEC Business Curriculum, click here.

To view and download an overview of the A-Level Law Curriculum, click here.

To view and download an overview of the A-Level Economics Curriculum, click here.

Social Sciences: Child Development and Health and Social Care

The Social Sciences department includes Child Development and Health and Social Care. These are exciting subjects, available through both GCSE and BTEC qualifications, which involve looking at growth and development at all life stages – from birth to age 8 and beyond.  Each subject, focusing on either child or human growth considers the factors affecting development; how we interact with others; the impact of relationships on individuals; how we work together; the needs of different groups and how individual needs are met. Aspects of sociological and psychological studies are undertaken and students touch on fundamentals of anatomy and physiology if they undertake further study through the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. 

If you enjoy looking at how we develop our personalities and how we are affected by the care we are given, then you will enjoy these areas of study.  The courses that we offer are suitable for those that wish to pursue a career in Nursing; Midwifery; Social Work; Counselling; Teaching; Rehabilitation and many more besides.

To view the curriculum overviews of Health and Social Care and Child Development please click on the links below:

GCSE Child Development, please click here.
BTEC First Level 2 Award for Health and Social Care, please click here.
BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma for Health and Social Care, please click here.
GCE Applied 'A' Level Health and Social Care course, please click here.*

* These courses are provided for current year 11 and year 13 students only.

Psychology

Psychology is the science of the mind – the most complex machine on Earth. The mind is the source of all thought and behaviour and psychology aims to analyse and study all aspects of human and animal function and behaviour. 

The subject develops investigatory and report writing skills, analytical and critical thinking skills and encourages an appreciation of how science works.  The subject lies at the intersection of many other different disciplines, including biology, medicine, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and artificial intelligence (AI) and hence the range of career choices available to students studying psychology are vast.  We welcome you to find out more.

To view the AS and A-Level curriculum plan for psychology please click on the link here: 
AS and AS Level

Sociology

Sociology is offered to students as an A-level subject.  It strives to help those who study it to understand the complexities of life; and appreciate how people interact and socialise with one another.  Students look at the relationship of the family to their social environment, they consider the role of education in our society; look at crime and deviance and learn about and consider the beliefs and values that people across our local, national and international communities hold close. 

The subject is underpinned by key skills which include developing in students’ research skills, methods of data analysis, and theoretical, practical and ethical considerations that are needed when undertaking sociological studies.  Students learn to organise evidence and communicate arguments in a coherent manner and use evidence to support and sustain arguments and conclusions. To view the sociology curriculum overview please click the link here.

If you require further information, or wish to visit the department, please contact the Director of Faculty (Business Studies, Social Sciences), Ms N Robertson by calling 01204 333266 or by e-mail nrobertson@rbhs.co.uk or Mr A Kirby (Computer Science) by emailing akirby@rbhs.co.uk