Welcome to ICT & Business Studies
Information Technology/Computer Science is a popular subject which helps to prepare students for the digital world. All students study this subject at Key Stage 3 during which they will cover a wide range of topics and further develop their digital skills in preparation for life after Salendine Nook. Topics include E-safety, programming, digital graphics, website production and Binary/Logic Gates in year 7. In year 8 students look at how a business would market itself, how to produce and edit sounds, how to produce digital apps and how to sequence instructions in order to control robots. At Key Stage 4, students can study GCSE Computer Science, Business Studies or Economics or alternatively they can take a more hands on approach and study Creative I-Media or BTEC Business Studies
Mrs Janet Burden
Head of ICT and Business Studies
Meet the Team
GCSE Business Studies and B-TEC Enterprise offers an opportunity to gain greater insight into how the world of Business. It directly links with our everyday lives: ever wondered why large businesses are cheaper than your local shop? Where do I begin if I want to start my own Business? How do people afford to start their own Business? Business Studies / B-TEC Enterprise teachers us how Business start-up and over the three years takes you through the process of how this new business can become one of the largest businesses in the world.
Delivered by specialist staff over three years.
GCSE Business Studies
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
- Know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
- Apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
- Develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
- Develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
- Use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
- Investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
- Develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data.
Who is the qualification for?
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise, is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise idea as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification enables learners to develop their technical skills, such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios, and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment. Learners will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment, which will complement their GCSEs. The qualification will broaden their experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.
What does the qualification cover?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea that includes:
- Development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving
- Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise
- Attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills. This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Business.
It requires learners to apply their knowledge in practical ways, through activities that will enable them to develop their ideas, for example researching an idea for a small enterprise.
What can the qualification lead to?
Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that a learner makes post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
- A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects
- Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, which prepares them to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the business sector.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
- Study at Level 2, post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3.
For these learners, the attitudes and communication skills covered in the qualification will help them to achieve:
- Study of enterprise post-16 through the study of a Technical Certificate. Learners who perform well in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in the business sector.