Technology, Vocational, Information and Business Education

Welcome to the Technology, VE and VIBE Faculty.

The Head of Faculty is Mrs N Everson. 

The subjects delivered in the Faculty comprise:

  • Technology at KS3, KS4 and KS5
  • Vocational Education at KS4 and KS5
  • Business Studies at KS4 and KS5
  • ICT at KS3, KS4 and KS5

Collingwood has Specialist Technology College status. Applied Learning is the College’s second specialism. The Vocational Education Department (VE) delivers courses in Applied Learning. Technology and ICT subjects are taught in each of the three Collingwood buildings, whilst VE and Business Studies are largely based in the Sixth Form Centre.

The Head of Technology is Mrs L Marshall.

The Technology Department consists of 12 well-qualified staff who deliver Technology across all the Key Stages. Technology is currently undergoing a renaissance and there are A Level classes in the subjects of Textiles, Food, Systems and Control and Graphics.

There are 4 A Level Design & Technology Product Design courses offered by the Department. These are Food Technology, Graphic Products, Textile Products and Systems and Control.  The Food Technology course is taught in conjunction with Tomlinscote School as part of the SHAPE consortium. This is an innovative partnership between the secondary schools in Surrey Heath.

A wide range of practically-based GCSE Design and Technology subjects are offered. These include Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Industrial Technology Engineering, Resistant Materials and Textiles.  Whilst there is a large practical element to these courses there is also a wide-ranging theoretical background to each Design and Technology area that students must master. A GCSE Catering course at Level 2 is also available to students.

Interactive white boards are available to teaching staff in specialist rooms and the Department has access to its own specialist ICT suites.

In the last two years the Department has won prizes at the Surrey Setpoint Science and Technology Conference for Engineering and Textiles. The students who presented at the Conference were highly commended for their work and maturity.

The Department organises the highly successful Honda “World of Dreams” thinking skills days for KS3.

The Head of Vocational Education is Mr S McKay.

The Vocational Education Department’s objective is to follow the Applied Learning ethos of ‘learning by doing’. As such the VE Department offers a wide range of Business and Vocational courses. The Department offers a range of Level 3 BTEC courses in Health and Social Care, Children's Care, Learning and Development, Business and Travel.  Level 2 courses are available in BTEC Business, Travel, Health and Children’s Development.

All subjects are delivered by specialist teachers and students have computer access every lesson. Rooms throughout the Department are equipped with interactive whiteboards. The VE Department’s teaching is practically based and many educational visits are undertaken by the Department. These visits enhance the students understanding of the subjects they are taught. The Department is proud of its industrial links which include Nokia, The Hogs Back Brewery, The Merlin Group and Proctor and Gamble.

The Department also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as Young Enterprise which gives students the opportunity to start and run their own businesses.  We also take part in national competitions such as The Student Investor Challenge.

The Head of Vocational, Information and Business Education is Mr M Powell.

The VIBE Department consists of seven IT specialist teachers and three Business and Economics teachers.  All are fully dedicated to raising standards in their specific subject areas and have contributed to the Department’s excellent reputation for achieving outstanding examination results at all levels. 

A wide range of IT examination courses are run including GCSE and A Level Computing, Cambridge Nationals, the European Computer Driving Licence, Creative iMedia and A Level Applied ICT. There is a strong emphasis on programming in all years and some students are now writing their own applications.

Within Business Education we offer both GCSE and A Level Business Studies and also A Level Economics.   Students studying Business Studies and Economics will have the chance to take part in a number of visits to organisations to enrich their experiences of the subject.  There is also the chance to become involved in national competitions such as The Bank of England ‘Target 2.0’ competition and IFS Student Investor.

The Department is well resourced with three thirty-station ICT suites and five twenty-station suites, all of which are predominantly used by the VIBE Department. 

The Department’s ethos is to provide students with the opportunity to experience a range of hardware devices and software packages. Consequently, learning is supported by both PCs and Apple Mac computers running industry-standard and open source software.