Business ICT Faculty
The Business ICT Faculty is a well established faculty with an excellent record of achievement. The faculty has a number of computer suites, printing facilities, a selection of digital cameras a range of software including theMicrosoft Office and an IT 'lab' with its own mini network.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
Choosing to study BTEC Level 3 in Business is an excellent choice for anyone who has a keen interest in understanding the world of business. This two year course aims to prepare students with the knowledge they would need to work in any industry, create their own business or to further their education at university. It is equivalent to 1 A Level in size and throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different enrichment opportunities such as Young Enterprise, entrepreneurship competitions and educational visits.
In this course you will study a variety of business concepts that include, the purpose of business, structure and organisation, how businesses are affected by internal and external factors, marketing, personal and business finance and additional work which could cover recruitment, customer service or business law.
The course is assessed by both internal and external assessed work.
Unit 1 Exploring Business: Set assignments are completed once topics have been taught. Internally assessed (mandatory unit)
Unit 2 Developing a marketing campaign: Learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. This is completed in 3 hours on the computer. Externally assessed (mandatory unit)
Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance: Written examination set by Pearson, 2 hours, 100 marks. Externally assessed (mandatory unit)
Additional Unit: Set assignments are completed once topics have been taught. Internally assessed (mandatory unit). The unit titles that could be used are as follows;
- Recruitment and Selection Process
- Investigating Customer Service
- Market Research
Pearson BTEC First Business Level 2
BTEC Firsts in Business can help you take your first steps towards a career in the business world. You’ll learn essential skills such as business enterprise, project management, selling and promoting a brand, and financial awareness, from planning to making a profit.
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.
Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Business
- Unit 1 Enterprise in the Business World Assessment
- Unit 2 Finance for Business
- Specialist Unit 3 Promoting a Brand
- Specialist Unit 8 Recruitment, Selection and Employment
EDEXCEL GCSE Business
The GCSE in Business course is designed to give students a sound understanding of business and the ability to use knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately in the context of varied business situations.
The course is studied over three years. The first year is a skills-building year introducing new themes and concepts and applying them to businesses. The other two years look at two themes, investigating a small business and building a business both themes are examined at the end of the course. This assessment is made up of a range of questions from multiple choice, short answer and longer length answers. There is no controlled assessment/coursework.
Content and assessment overview
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Business consists of two externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in many key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.
- Unit R081: Pre-production skills
- Unit R082: Creating digital graphics
- Unit R085: Creating a multipage website
- Unit R088: Creating a digital sound sequence
The qualification assesses the application of creative media skills through their practical use. It provides learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. iMedia encourages independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia equips learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.
EDEXCEL GCSE Computer Science
Those students who opt to study Computer Science at GCSE will take the Edexcel GCSE Computer Science Course. GCSE Computer Science has two components: an exam (80%) and a coursework assignment (20%).
The coursework assignment consists of one controlled practical programming assignment, set by the examining board. The programming language used to complete this assignment will be Python. Students will work through a number of units to help prepare themselves for both the theoretical exam and practical controlled assessment. Students will follow a number of schemes of work with a focus on:
- Exploring how computers work, for example, by studying concepts such as binary, hardware, software
- Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
- Develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies and understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
- Think computationally and start learning about programming principles such as algorithms, loops, selection statements and arrays.
- Learn how to program using a programming language such as Python.
- Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically when finding computerised solutions to a problem.