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The Business and Computing department has five dedicated Business suites. Each of our classrooms has a minimum of 25 computers and its own colour printer, as well as access to two laptop trolleys. The department is popular amongst Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students, being the most popular department for post-16 learners in the Academy. The majority of our Year 13 students go onto higher education at university and in the last two years have made a considerable contribution to the record-breaking A level results achieved.


Key Stage 4 Business Studies

Year 9/10 Students - OCR Cambridge National

Introduction to Business Autumn term Year 9

Students are introduced to business fundamentals during their first term, consisting of 11 in-depth studies of various topics, ranging from enterprise/entrepreneurial behaviour to types of ownership.

Unit RO65 Coursework: Design a business proposal 25% Year 9 / Year 10

This unit will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to design a product proposal to meet a business challenge scenario. They will be able to identify a customer profile for their own product design, develop market research tools and use these to complete market research for their product.

Unit RO66 Coursework Market and pitch a business proposal – 25% Year 9-10

Students learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. They will also learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.

RO64 Exam Enterprise and marketing concepts – 50% exam Year 11

By completing this unit, students will understand the main activities that will need to happen to support a start-up business and what the key factors are to consider when starting up a business.

students will understand how and why customer segmentation is used and how to target a customer market. They will also develop an understanding of how to attract and retain customers, the techniques to use when developing products and how to investigate what makes a product viable.


Year 11 Students

Unit 1 Exam: Setting up a Business  20% - sat in June in Year 11

Students learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. They will also learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.

Unit 7 Exam: Business Finance  20% - sat in June in Year 11

Students will apply financial tools that are used by businesses to calculate their day-to-day expenditure and their overall profitability. Students will use the same methods used by Chartered Accountants and CFOs (Chief Financial Officers) of major corporations throughout the world.

Both exam units are taught throughout Year 11, no re-sits are available for any of the final exams.

CeFE Certificate in Financial Education

100% Exam

The Certificate in Financial Education introduces the student to the impact of finance on the economy and encourages them to consider how this can affect business and the individual. Through this it develops knowledge and a valuable range of applied and transferable skills and provides a foundation for further study in business and finance-related disciplines.

Unit 1 – Finance, the Individual and Society (Multiple Choice exam ) – Sat February 2018

Unit 2 – Practices of Managing Money (Multiple Choice Exam) – Sat Feb 2018

Unit 3 – Financial Capability, Work and Enterprise (Written Exam) – Sat May 2018



Key Stage 4 Computer Science

Year 11

Edexcel GCSE in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World (40%) Written examination year 11

Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools – 60% internally assessed coursework year 10

OCR GCSE Computer Science 9-1

Computer Systems – 40% of total GCSE – Written Paper  taken in year 11

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – 40% of total GCSE Written Paper – Year 11

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming project  - 20% of qualification – 20 hours of controlled assessment in Autumn term year 11

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions


Post 16

Year 12 BTEC Level 3 National Business (Extended Certificate)

Year 1

Unit 1 Exploring Business -  Internal Assessment

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign -  External Assessment

Year 2

Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance -  External Assessment

Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection Process   - Internal Assessment


Year 13 OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 3 business studies

100% coursework (no examination)

This is the most popular A level option taken in Years 12 and 13 and is ideal preparation for university or work. This course has led many students to leading universities in recent years, including Southampton, Leicester and City University to study courses such as Accounting and Finance and Banking with

Unit 1 – The business environment

Unit 2 - Business resources

Unit 9 – Creative product promotion

Unit 10 – Market research in business

Unit 12 – Recruitment and selection in business

Unit 13 – Development planning for a career in business


BTEC Travel and Tourism Level 3

100% coursework (no examination)

This course gives students ideal preparation for further study, including university, and the world of work. Most students studying Travel and Tourism in the past have gone onto employment, gaining apprenticeships or full time work, some of which have gained well-regarded apprenticeships at British Airways. Ideally located for Heathrow airport, this is an ideal course for students wishing to work locally for one of the many businesses located in and around the airport vicinity, such as hotels, duty free and airlines.

Level 3 Subsidiary diploma; this is equivalent to one A level completed over two years, this can be selected as one of your four A level options.

Units cover many topics including:

Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector

The Business of Travel and Tourism

The UK as a Destination

Customer Service in Travel and Tourism

European Destinations

Long-Haul Travel Destinations


Level 3 Certificate / Diploma in Financial Studies

Financial Studies in year 12 provides a comprehensive introduction to personal finance. Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication. Financial Studies develops the knowledge and skills required for young people to make informed financial decisions by introducing them to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. Within this, it provides a solid basis for creating financial inclusion, by exploring social-economic trends and their relationship with an individual’s circumstances and attitudes.

Year 12

Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term

Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term

Year 13

Sustainability of an Individual's Finances

Sustainability of the Financial Services System



A-level Economics

Year 12 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE

100% exam

Students build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in Themes 1 and 2, and then build on this and apply their knowledge to more complex concepts and models in Themes 3 and 4.

Theme 1 – Introduction to markets and market failure

Theme 2 – The UK economy – performance and policies

Theme 3 – Business behaviour and the labour market

Theme 4 – A global perspective


Year 12

Level 3 Cambridge Technical  Introductory Diploma in IT - OCR

The Cambridge Technical in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Designed in collaboration with experts, the Cambridge Technical in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

The course is 40% exam and 60% coursework


Year 13

OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 ICT

IT is one of the most popular vocational qualifications subjects offered by OCR and the Cambridge Technical build on the legacy and reputation of the OCR Nationals. IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time from computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem-solving, IT has an ever increasing role to play.

1 – Communication and employability skills for IT

2 – Information Systems

43- Understanding social media for business

30 – Business resources

42 – Developing a smarter planet

5 – Organisational systems security

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