Business and Computing Department
computing

KEY STAGE 3

An exciting Computing scheme of work is delivered at Key Stage 3.
 
Year 7
Unit 1: Under the hood of a computer – provides a brief outline of the history of computing; practical study of components that make up a computer; inputs, processing and outputs; data and binary; bits, bytes and megabytes.

Unit 2: Think like a computer scientist – will demonstrate that computational thinking is not ‘thinking like a computer’ but thinking about problems (and the world) in terms of the processes going on, the data available, and the steps that need to be followed in order to achieve a goal.

Unit 4: Creating an animation - a graphical programming language will be used to program an animation to entertain an audience by recreating a dance routine from a music video using programming techniques such as sequences, iteration, procedures, selection and variables.

Unit 6: How the web works – provides an opportunity to look at the way in which the web works technically and cover the issues of reliability and e-safety.

Unit 7: Web page creation from the ground up – provides students with the challenge of getting to grips with HTML, considering things such as accessibility, style sheets, user interface design, embedding multimedia and uploading the web content to a server.

Unit 8: Designing for HCI – introduces the concept and principles of Human-Computer Interaction and its importance in providing usable solutions for a range for audiences and needs.
 
Year 8
Unit 1: Operating Systems – provides students with an understanding of the different types of Operating Systems and how they are designed to work in different contexts.
 
Unit 2: CMD the Command Line – provides students with an understanding of the use of basic command prompts to manipulate files and folders, and write a batch or shell script.
 
Unit 3: Binary – provides students with an understanding of how binary and binary addition are designed to work.
 
Unit 4: Instruction Set Design – to use a programming language to think about different aspects of programming to solve a ‘real-world’ problem or challenge.
 
Unit 5: Programming using selection statements and Boolean expressions – this builds on previous work and provides students with the basis for using Boolean statements and expressions.
 
Unit 6: Connecting to the Internet – provides students with an understanding of how hardware and software components that make up computer systems and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
 
Year 9
Unit 1: Computer programming using Python - this unit gives and introduction to Python and covers the basics, selection and iteration (looping).
 
Unit 2: Computer graphics - this unit covers editing and manipulating graphics to meet the needs of a given user.
 
Unit 3: Advanced spreadsheets - this unit builds upon the skills learnt in Years 7 and 8 and covers some advanced formulas and mail merge.
 
Unit 4: Advanced Databases - this unit delves into computer databases and covers setting up databases, searching for data and presenting data.
 
Unit 5: Multimedia project - this units helps to prepare students for Year 10 and 11 to give them an introduction to a detailed project scenario covering several different computing skills and areas.
 
Computinghomework.com
Homework will be set every lesson through www.computinghomework.com website. To access the website click here. To log-in follow the below steps:
Enter the school’s postcode SS3 9LL (with a space)
Enter your first and last name: E.g. Joe Smith (with a space)
Enter your date of birth: E.g. 12 Dec 1990
Enter the password: Password (case sensitive) - this can be changed by students
If you experience any problems logging in or submitting homework, in the first instance speak to your computing teacher or a member of the Computing Department.

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE ICT
Students in Year 11 are in the second year of a 2-year course that has 2 units. Unit 1 will allow you to explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. You will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts such as leisure, education, shopping, health and wellbeing, on the move. You will develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
Unit 2 is a practical unit that will allow you to broaden and enhance your ICT skills and capability. You will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range contexts to produce websites, interactive products, multimedia products, spreadsheet models, graphical products. You will learn to reflect critically on your own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. You will put into practice what you have learned about digital technology during Unit 1.
Assessment is through controlled assessment practical tasks and external assessment. Unit 1 will be assessed through a written exam paper worth 40% of the final grade and Unit 2 will be assessed by a series of practical controlled tasks set by Edexcel worth 60% of the final grade. Unit 2 is internally assessed and a sample is externally moderated by Edexcel.
 
CiDA - Certificate in Digital Applications (Level 2)
Students in Year 10 follow a 2 unit course over 2 years. The course is graded A* to C. Unit 1: Developing Web Products is a practical website design unit which an externally assessed exam which is sat in the January of Year 10. This unit covers several skills within website site design and students will be expected to develop a micro website during the 2 1/2 hour external computer based exam. Unit 1 is worth 25% of the final grade. The skills learnt in Unit 1 are transferable to Unit 2: Creative Multimedia where students will learn how to develop several multimedia products for specific purposes and audiences. These products include: video, animations, sound and graphics. The products are planned, designed, tested and reviewed. The multimedia products are then presented in an e-portfolio for assessment. Unit 2 is worth 75% of the final grade.
 
BTEC Level 1 Award for IT Users (ITQ)
This is a 1 year course followed by students in our Foundation pathway in Year 10. There are 4 coursework units required to pass this qualification. Units covered include: Using Email, Audio Software, Video Software, Presentation Software.
The structure of the course gives the students a vocational context in the form of scenarios for each unit and will encompass other areas within the students’ curriculum. Students are assessed against certain assessment criteria for each unit and graded pass or fail.

KEY STAGE 5

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT
This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction into the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.
 
Year 12
Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information
 
Learning Objectives
  • Examine the structure of data, its origins and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database.
  • Examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system.
  • Test your solution to ensure it works correctly.
  • Evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution.
Summary of Assessment
  • This unit is externally assessed by a task set and marked by Pearson.
  • The set task will be completed under supervised conditions for 10 hours in a 1 week period set by Pearson which can be arranged over a number of sessions.
  • The set task will assess a learner’s ability to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information.
  • The number of marks for the unit is 66.
Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business
 
Learning Objectives
  • Explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes.
  • Develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives.
  • Implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others.
  • Collect data on the business use of social media.
  • Review the effectiveness of your efforts.
Summary of Assessment
  • This unit is internally assessed by an assignment brief set by the centre.
Year 13
Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems
 
Learning Objectives
  • Explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, the way systems work individually and together as well as the relationship between the user and the system.
  • Examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that these have on organisations and individuals.
Summary of Assessment
  • This unit is externally assessed by a written examination set and marked by Pearson.
  • The examination is 2 hours in length. Learners will be assessed on their understanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
  • The number of marks for the unit is 90.
Unit 6 – Website Development
 
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the principles of website development.
  • Design a website to meet client requirements.
  • Develop a website to meet client requirements.
 
Summary of Assessment
  • This unit is internally assessed by an assignment brief set by the centre.

 

Business Studies

KEY STAGE 4

This provides students with an understanding of the commercial world. It explores the theories and concepts in business and encourages students to consider the practical application of business and economics. It also provides progression for students wishing to continue their studies to A-level Business Studies and A-level Economics.
 
Unit Overview

Unit 1—Setting up a Business (Year 10 2016-17). This unit will introduce students to the terms which are used in business and will investigate the factors which entrepreneurs need to consider when starting up their own business. Students will look at a range of topics including types of ownership, the legal structure of the business, how to market the business, how to finance the business, and how to recruit employees. This is worth 40% of the overall marks and is assessment by an exam taken in May 2018.

Unit 2—Growing as a Business (Year 11 2017-18). This unit will build on the knowledge from Unit 1 to investigate how businesses are run and operated once they have opened. Students will take a more in depth look at the factors which affect business including motivating employees, production methods, changing from one form of ownership to another, expanding the business, managing the finances correctly and how to market the business and its products/services correctly. This is worth 35% of the overall marks and is assessment by an exam taken in May 2018.

Unit 3—Investigating Businesses (Year 10 2016-17). This unit will require students to use the knowledge they have learned in Units 1 and 2 to complete a research task set by AQA and then present their findings. Students will type up their research findings under controlled conditions. This is worth 25% of the overall marks and is assessment by a controlled assessment.

How can I catch up or improve my skills?
Come to ‘Unfinished Business’ which is available for all business students to catch up or improve and extend your learning. Every Monday from 3pm in E11.
 
BTEC in Business Studies

With this qualification in Business Studies you gain practical skills that will help you straight away within the workplace, or will help you with further education. The skills you learn in the course are relevant to a wide-range of different work environments. Students who excel in the subject will understand what businesses expect from employees which will help you stand out in the competitive business environment.

Unit Overview

The course is assessed through four units consisting of 25% on-screen examination and 75% coursework. Each unit is graded as being a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the final grade is calculated based on the level of work the student has produced throughout the course.

Unit 1— Enterprise in the Business World
Students will be introduced to the world of business and the terms used by businesses which will help the to gain an understanding of the nature of business ownership and what local entrepreneurs need to do when planning to open a new business. This unit is assessed through written work marked by your teachers and is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Unit 2— Finance for Business
Students will understand the costs, revenue and profit for a business organisation and learn about cash flow, forecasting and break-even analysis. This is an examination unit which involves a 1 hour exam taken on the computer and is taken when each student is ready throughout the year.

Unit 7— Providing Business Support
Students will learn about how to organise and support business functions such as organising and running meetings and using office equipment Students will also be required to give practical demonstrations of their business support skills through the planning of a trip. This unit is assessed through written work marked by your teachers and is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Unit 8— Recruitment, selection and employment
Students will learn about businesses are structured, how and why job roles are created and used in business and they will be able to plan their own career development. Students will be required to take part in an interview and prepare a Curriculum Vitae as part of this unit.This unit is assessed through written work marked by your teachers and is worth 25% of your overall grade.

How can I catch up or improve my skills?
Come to ‘Unfinished Business’ which is available for all business students to catch up or improve and extend your learning. Every Monday from 3pm in E11.
 
EDEXCEL GCSE (9-1) - Starting September 2017
 
The Pearson Edexcel in Business consists of two externally-examined papers.
 
Theme 1: Investigating a small business
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
 
Content overview
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on business
Theme 2: Building a business
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
 
Content overview
  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

KEY STAGE 5

With a qualification in Business Studies you learn a wide variety of essential skills that give you the opportunity to go on and study further education in Business Studies or a related subject, or even go straight into the workplace. The skills taught in the course are relevant to a wide-range of different employment opportunities. Students who excel in the subject will learn what businesses expect from employees which will help you stand out in the competitive business environment.
 
AQA GCE in Business Studies
Unit Overview
AQA GCE Business Studies teaches ten separate units over a course of two years. These topics cover the key areas of business, such as; employees, organisations, finance, marketing and operations management. All units are exam based.
You will have three Business Studies lessons a week, in these lessons you will get to participate in discussions, presentations, group work, and academic trips.
Students must complete both years of the course in order to gain a full A Level.  After the first year students will be entered into an AS Level exam which will determine whether you are capable of progressing onto Year 13 to complete the full A Level.
 
The AQA course covers a number of topics over the two years:
What is business?
Managers, leadership and decision making
Decision making to improve marketing performance
Decision making to improve operational performance
Decision making to improve financial performance
Decision making to improve human resource performance
Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)
Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)
Strategic methods: How to pursue strategies (A-level only)
Managing strategic change (A-level only)
 
Assessment is wholly through examination:
At the end of Year 12 you will be entered into the AS examinations.  This is two examinations covering areas 1-6 above. 
Both exams are equal weighting (50%) and last 90 minutes each.
If you are successful in your AS examinations, you will progress onto Year 13.  At the end of Year 13 you will be entered into the A Level examinations.  This is three examinations covering areas 1-10 above.
All exams are equal weighting (33.3%) and last 2 hours each.
 
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
In your first year of study you will be assessed for units 1 & 8 via a series of activities including reports, presentations, recruitment documentation and participating in the interview process. Unit 2 is assessed via an externally set task where learners are given the opportunity to prepare their research before sitting their controlled assessment to prepare a marketing plan based around the case study.  Learners will be given two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a three hour session arranged on dates set by the examination board.
 
In your second year of study you will be assessed for unit 3, the finance unit, via a two hour examination in January by a traditional written paper on Personal and Business Finance. Between January and May you will re-cover topics from units 2/3 in preparation to resit the examinations if required.
  • Unit 1 Exploring business
  • Unit 2 Developing a marketing campaign
  • Unit 3 Personal and business finance
  • Unit 8 Recruitment and selections
How can I catch up or improve my skills?
Come to ‘Unfinished Business’ which is available for all business students to catch up or improve and extend your learning. Every Monday from 3pm in BS1.

 

economics
When you think of Economics, what do you think of? The Chancellor, money, wealth, the economy? Well it’s about much more, covering the personal, national and global aspects of our lives. Economics is the ‘study of the factors that influence income, wealth and well-being’.
 
Economics - Is this the right subject for me?
This course is suitable for students who:
  • Have an interest in learning how businesses and the government  create benefits and economic wealth and conversely, how they may create costs which society has to pay, such as those associated with pollution or new house building projects
  • Are interested in playing a full part in society: understanding why government pursues certain actions and how it may use the tax system to influence peoples’ actions
  • Want to learn how to analyse data and economic models in order to suggest solutions to real world problems or forecast future trends
  • Are aware that buying and selling are activities vital to survival and success thereby studying economics can help them to understand human thought and behaviour in the global economy  
Assessment (100% External Assessment).
Paper 1 (35% of total qualification) – Paper 1 will assess microeconomics and questions will be drawn from Themes 1 & 3. Duration 2 hours 100 marks available. 
Paper 2 (35% of total qualification) - Paper 2 will assess macroeconomics and questions will be drawn from Themes 2 & 4. Duration 2 hours 100 marks available.
Paper 3 (30% of total qualification) - Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Duration 2 hours 100 marks available.

What will I learn?
Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure: This theme is one of two in this qualification that focuses on microeconomics. This theme introduces students to the microeconomic nature of economics, looking at economic problems and the ways economists think and work. Students will consider how markets work, looking at how supply and demand interact to allocate resources in local, national and international markets. You will learn how to apply supply and demand analysis to real-world situations and be able to offer explanations of consumer behaviour. 
 
Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies: This theme is one of two in this qualification that focuses on macroeconomics. This theme introduces the key measures of economic performance and the main instruments of economic policy primarily in a UK context. Students will be introduced to the aggregate demand/aggregate supply model so that they can use it to analyse changes in real output and the price level. You will examine the use of demand-side polices, supply-side policies and direct controls as means of improving an economy’s performance; recognise the underlying assumptions; predict the likely impact and effectiveness of such policies and consider these in an historical context.
 
Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market: This theme builds on the content of theme 1 and examines how the number and size of market participants and the level of contestability, affect the pricing and nature of competition among firms. Students will consider the size and growth of firms through exploring organic growth, mergers and takeover. You will also look at the rational assumption that firms are profit maximisers and then challenge this by looking at alternative business objectives. Revenue, cost and profits are explored before linking these ideas to different market structures. Students will then be able to analyse and evaluate the pricing and output decisions of firms together with making an appraisal of government intervention aimed at promoting competitive markets.
 
Theme 4: A Global Perspective: This theme builds on the knowledge and skills gained in theme 2. Students will be expected to understand the significance of globalisation, international trade, the balance of payments and exchange rates. They will examine pubic finance, macroeconomic policies and the role of the financial sector in a global context. In examining these areas, application, analysis and evaluation of economic models is required as well as an ability to assess policies that might be used to address national and global economic challenges .Students should develop an awareness of trends in the global economy over the last 25 years through wider reading and research so that they can include relevant examples in their analysis and evaluation.
 
Throughout the course students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and to develop an ability to think as an economist. To develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in economics, you need to acquire competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to and applied in the context of each theme of study.

 

Travel and tourism
What is the course about?
BTEC Level 2: The 360 guided learning hours required for the course consists of twelve units. The Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate is a vocational or work-related qualification.
BTEC Level 3: The 360 guided learning hours required for the course consists of twelve units. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a vocational or work-related qualification.
 
What is a BTEC?
The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is the British body that awards vocational qualifications to help students integrate in to the work place.
 
How long is the course?
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate. To qualify for this course, students need to achieve at least 2 D grades at GCSE or equivalences.  A BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate is equivalent to two GCSE’s A*-C.
Unit 1 (30 GLH): The UK Travel and Tourism Sector (external examination)
Unit 2 (30 GLH): UK Travel and Tourism Destinations      
Unit 3 (30 GLH): The development of Travel and Tourism in the UK          
Unit 4 (30 GLH): International Travel and Tourism Destinations 
Unit 5 (30 GLH): Factors affecting worldwide Travel and Tourism 
Unit 6 (30 GLH): The Travel and Tourism customer experience     
Unit 7 (30 GLH): Travel and Tourism business environments (external examination)          
Unit 8 (30 GLH): Promotion and Sales in Travel and Tourism        
Unit 9 (30 GLH): Travel and Tourism employment opportunities 
Unit 16 (30 GLH): Holiday representatives
Unit 17 (30 GLH): UK Travel Agency operations  
Unit 18 (30 GLH): The Cruise Industry
 
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. To qualify for this course, students need to achieve at least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalences.  A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A-Level.
Unit 1: Investigating the Travel and Tourism sector
Unit 2: The Business of Travel and Tourism       
Unit 3: The UK as a Destination
Unit 4: Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
Unit 6: Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
Unit 7: European Destinations
 
What can I do when I complete this course?
Widely recognised and respected, the BTEC in Travel and Tourism can lead to useful and practical qualifications for those seeking employment in a wide variety of employment areas, such as airports, airlines, tour operators and tourist boards.
 
The courses will be of interest to the students who want to pursue a career in the Travel and Tourism industry.