Business, Enterprise, ICT & Computing

Enterprise

Year 7:

Event: Enterprising ways to ‘stop’ bullying in our community.

Event outline: Students work in teams of 5 to developing an enterprising initiative to ‘stop bullying in their community’.

Year 8:

Event: Social enterprise.

Event outline: Students work in teams of 5 to developing an ‘enterprising initiative to revitalise the local community’.

Year 9:

Event: Local business for local people.

Event outline: Students work in a team of 5 to developing ‘a realistic and sustainable local business idea and proposal’. The business idea must be appropriate and sustainable for a school leaver.

Year 10:

Event: Enterprise for society.

Event outline: Students work in a team of 5 to develop ‘an innovative idea that uses technology’, which can make a practical difference to society in the UK. The project can be helping disabled or elderly people, or those who are socially excluded: it must be either new or a substantial new element of an existing project.

Year 11:

Event: Enterprise for society.

Event outline: Students work in a team of 5 to develop ‘an innovative idea that uses technology which can make a practical difference to society in the UK’. The project can be helping disabled or elderly people, or those who are socially excluded: it must be either new or a substantial new element of an existing project.

Enterprise embedded in the curriculum:

Key Stage 3:

Year 7:

Students design a mini- enterprise project. They explore the concept of customers need and wants and how organisation use the 4p’s to market their products and services at such needs and wants.

Year 8: Customer Service project

Students investigate topics and issues that relate to customer service in today’s organisations – they study some of the key aspects of Customer Service and develop an understanding of customers, their customer service expectations and how organisations ensure a reliable level of customer service to satisfy customer expectations.

Year 9: Business Finance

Imagine setting up, financing and managing the budgets of your own business. Our year 9 students develop entrepreneurial knowledge and skills as they undertake and report on aspects of key financial management for a newly established business. Students investigate and manage financial aspects as they plan to establish a snack bar which sells healthy homemade burgers.  

Business

Key Stage 4:

EdExcel GCSE Applied Business

Our students who choose to study GCSE Applied Business in year 10 & 11 investigate real-life businesses. They study a range of businesses from local sole-trader businesses to large international PLCs and apply the business theory that they have learnt to these real-life business situations. Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about business issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

The following are some of the topics that our students study:

How business are organised.

How organisations compete.

The importance of stakeholders and communications.

The flow of financial documents.

 

Cambridge Nationals Business & Enterprise Level 1 & 2

Students who choose to study Business & Enterprise in year 10 & 11 plan and prepare for work, along with investigate real-life business concepts and setting up / running an enterprise. They select an appropriate career choice and prepare a range of application documents that are targeted toward the career of their choice. Students also learn business fundamentals and explore an enterprising opportunity. Students develop knowledge and skills that will enhance their employability prospects. 

The following are some of the topics that our students study:

Skills that employers are seeking.

Preparing targeted CV’s and applications.

The various types of business ownership and objectives.

How to raise finance and marketing.

How to manage human resources.

 

ICT, Computer Science and Business Studies

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3 students are taught a range of topics that cover three different subjects, ICT, Computer Science and Business Studies. The curriculum is designed to allow students to experience the range of subjects that are on offer at GCSE and A level.

In year 7 students cover the following topics;

  • Scratch programming
  • Analysing Data
  • Enterprise
  • Computer Systems
  • Spread sheet software
  • Interactive presentations

 

In year 8 students continue to develop their knowledge and understanding in ICT, Computer Science and Business Studies.

 

In year 8 students cover the following topics;

  • Enterprise and Customer Service
  • Databases
  • Graphics using Adobe Fireworks
  • Websites using Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Networks

 

In year 9 students study a range of project based topics. These are designed to help them move towards gaining the necessary skills to achieve their potential at GCSE.

 

In year 9 students study the following topics;

  • ICT Business and Finance
  • ICT and Business Promotion
  • Desk Top Publishing
  • Animation using Adobe Flash
  • Python Programming
  • Data Representation

Key Stage 4:

GCSE ICT is designed to build on skills developed at key stage 3. It gives students maximum opportunity to achieve high standards due to the structure of the course. This course will be suitable for students wishing to take an ICT related course at Key Stage 5. Employers are increasingly wanting employees to have an ICT qualification and this course gives students opportunity to gain an ICT qualification.

 

In Years 10 and 11 students who pick ICT as an option will study OCR GCSE ICT. This comprises two units of controlled assessments and two examination units. The controlled assessments are completed in year 10 and these account for 60% of their final grade.

 

In year 11 students complete the two examination units, these are called ICT in Today’s World and ICT in Context. Each of these exams are worth 20%. ICT in Today’s World covers a wide range of theory around computer systems, data security and ICT in everyday lives. ICT in Context is a pre-released material exam where students are given a scenario and students have to answer ICT related questions based on the scenario.

 

OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Level 1 & 2

ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. Our students who choose to study OCR Cambridge nationals in ICT will complete 3 practical units and one examined unit over years 10 and 11. This is a Level 1-2 qualification with GCSE grades equivalent to A*- F.

Practical units include:-         

R002: Using ICT to create business solutions.

This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that will equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. They will work with ‘office’ applications software to edit and format/create content to meet specified business purposes.

R003: Handling data using spreadsheets.

To completion this unit learners will be required to interpret requirements for a spreadsheet, take unstructured data, plan how to use it in a spreadsheet, create and populate a spreadsheet, use relevant functions and tools to manipulate the data and produce outputs to present the data graphically to support decision making.

R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components

This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product.

Examined Unit:-                 

R001: Understanding computer systems

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

 

Computer Science

Key Stage 4:

GCSE Computer Science  

The study of computer science gives students, a real in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.  It offers an insight to what goes on “behind the scenes”, including computer programming which many students find valuable in their further education.  

 

  • Students will develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies.

 

  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs.

 

  • Develop computer programs to solve problems using Python, Java or Linux.

 

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of computer technology on society.

Content overview

Assessment

Component 1

• Systems Architecture

• Memory

• Storage

• Wired and wireless networks

• Network topologies, protocols

and layers

• System security

• System software

• Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

 

 

Computer systems

(01)

80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper

(no calculators allowed)

 

40% of total GCSE

Component 2

• Algorithms

• Programming techniques

• Producing robust programs

• Computational logic

• Translators and facilities of languages

• Data representation

    

Computational thinking,

algorithms and programming

(02)

80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper

(no calculators allowed)

 

40% of total GCSE

Component 3

• Programming techniques

• Analysis

• Design

• Development

• Testing and evaluation and

conclusions

Programming project

(03)

40 marks

Totalling 20 hours

Non-Exam Assessment

 

20% of total GCSE