Business Studies and ICT

Curriculum Area: Business Studies

Team Members:

K Holland (Subject Leader)
C O’Doherty
D Jones
S Martindale

General Subject Overview

In the Business Studies department we aim to develop the whole child and to prepare individuals for employment, further education and/or career development opportunities. We aim to develop students as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. We also allows students to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

We aim to develop confident and competent students in the field of Business Studies and encourage students to be innovative in their thinking.

In essence, we wish to enhance the quality of life of the students who pass through our classes. Every student will be encouraged and motivated to achieve his or her best in external examinations. As teachers, we aspire to spark the imagination of our students that may lead them onto a path of endeavour and innovation in the business world and hopefully producing the next Alan Sugar.

BTEC First Award

The business world comprises an enormous variety of different careers. The BTEC First Award in Business aims to provide you with a practical appreciation of what “being in business” entails and ICT will help you to develop the understanding and competency needed when considering entering the world of work. Student have to complete four units on work two of which are mandatory units and the other optional units.

The final grade awarded will be a combination of the internal and external grades, these are marked: Pass, Merit or Distinction – all being the equivalent of 1 GCSE grades (A* – C).

Unit 1 Enterprise in the Business World (mandatory unit)

Understand what makes enterprises successful is important for anyone who wants to work in business or start up their own. During this unit students will explore different types of businesses and create a model for a business start-up in their local area. They will identify realist opportunities and research their own ideas and look at the factors that affect them. They will look at how trends and the current business environment may impact on a business, plan a new business idea and present a business model for a business start-up. This unit will be assessed by a series of internally assessed tasks.

Assessment occurs every three weeks during a completion of work; where students will complete an example assignment brief.  These assessments generate personal targets for all pupils – these become the focus for learning for the following unit of work. Final assessment will be in the form of a controlled assessment.

Unit 2 Finance for Business (Mandatory unit)

This unit is externally assessed and accounts for 25 percent of the qualification. In this unit students will look at how business can ensure they are financially healthy researching the different costs and revenue for businesses. Students will create a variety of financial documents such as break even charts, cash flow forecast, profit and loss accounts and balance sheets. Students at the end of this unit will sit a 1hr 30mins online exam.

Assessment occurs every three weeks during a completion of work; this will be through a exam question or an extended written question.  These assessments generate personal targets for all pupils – these become the focus for learning for the following unit of work. Final assessment will be in the form of a online exam.

Unit 3 Promoting a Brand (Optional unit)

In this unit students will look at how a business builds a brand and why this is importance, the will research a number of promotional techniques that can be used to make people aware of the brand. They will examine the differing ways that companies in a business to business and business to consumer market promote their brands. Students will finally use their creativity and imagination to create a unique brand for the products offered by a selected organization. This unit will be assessed by a series of internally assessed tasks.

Assessment occurs every three weeks during a completion of work; where students will complete an example assignment brief.  These assessments generate personal targets for all pupils – these become the focus for learning for the following unit of work. Final assessment will be in the form of a controlled assessment.

Unit 4 Principles of Customer Service

Customer service is one of the most important aspects of running a business, because customers are vital to the success of every business. Anticipating customer needs is a key factor in business, but so are meeting and exceeding customer expectations. If customers leave your business feeling satisfied, they are more likely to return. This unit introduces you to the different types of customers that businesses come into contact with, and how to deal with them to ensure that their expectations are met. You will demonstrate the interpersonal skills required in customer service situations and identify the key skills required to offer a professional and efficient service. This unit will be assessed by a series of internally assessed tasks.

Assessment occurs every three weeks during a completion of work; where students will complete an example assignment brief.  These assessments generate personal targets for all pupils – these become the focus for learning for the following unit of work. Final assessment will be in the form of a controlled assessment.

Year 9 students will complete an introduction to Business studies and then unit 4. Students in year 10 will complete the finance unit and unit 3. Students in year 11 will then complete unit 1.

Example work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Websites and books

Edexcel

BTEC First Business Student Book Publisher: Pearson

 

 

 

Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business (controlled assessment – 25% of final mark)

  • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students complete one Edexcel set task based upon the content studied in Unit 1. Students will spend 6 hours researching and investigating their chosen business and 3 hours analysing, evaluating and writing up their findings.

Unit 3 – Building a Business (external examination – 50% of final mark)

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world effecting business

 

Year 10 students will complete an introduction to Business, a introduction to the controlled assessment and then complete the controlled assessment. Whilst year 11 students will prepare for the two exams completing both the exam units.

 

Example work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Websites and books

Edexcel

Edexcel GCSE Business Studies: Controlled Assessment Workbook Publisher: Pearson

Edexcel GCSE Business Exam Skills Practice Workbook – Support Publisher: Pearson

Edexcel GCSE Business: Building a Business Publisher: Pearson

Edexcel GCSE Business: Introduction to Small Business Publisher: Pearson

Edexcel GCSE Business: Business Communications Publisher: Pearson

Enrichment

To enhance the understanding of Business Aims and Objectives students have the opportunity to visit different Businesses such as Chester Zoo, Manchester Airport and Stockley Farm in Y10 and Y11 in order to gain a greater appreciation of the variety of functions of a business.  After school enrichment is offered every week where students can come and complete work or gain additional knowledge.

 

Marking, feedback and extended learning for Computing and BS

Purpose and Aim

Marking and Feedback – Each department aims to provide all students with timely, high quality feedback on the work they produce both in lesson time and at home. Marking should provide feedback with regards to how well a student has performed during a particular piece of work and include their progress to date. All students are expected to respond to their teacher’s feedback to enable them to make improvements to their work and ensure further progress. This process ensures that any misconceptions are addressed in students’ learning.

Extended learning – All extended learning set, should stretch and challenge students to enable them to make further progress allowing students to recap and consolidate their learning whilst acquiring deeper knowledge in the subject area.

Procedures

KS3 – At KS3 in Technology, Units of Work are delivered in two to three week blocks. Students will then be peer assessed or teacher assessed on that unit. Teachers will deep mark students’ work using an assessment sheet and they students will be allowed to improve their work. This will then be remarked and regraded if further progress has been made.

Marking and feedback can be presented in a number of ways. This can include the use of a faculty marking sheet or may also be in the form of written feedback. Marking however, must be clear and in line with the whole school policy and student feedback must be completed.

The homework will relate to learning that has taken place in class in the form of revision for an end of unit test, revision for a spelling test or a creative piece.

KS4 GCSE subjects- At KS4, Schemes of Work can vary in length. Deep marking will take place every 4 / 6 lessons (every two weeks) following an assessment, essay, homework or exam question(s). Students will then be expected to respond to targets set to improve their work. The teacher will then check these improvements and where appropriate, re grade their work. At the end of each topic there will then be marked for the whole topic this marking and feedback can be presented in a number of ways using either the faculty feedback sheet or a deep written response. Marking must be clear and in line with the whole school policy and student feedback must be completed.

Extended learning will be knowledge based at KS4 and be set in the form of revision, key words, spelling or exam questions.

KS4 BTEC subjects – In order to follow guidelines there will be no formal assessment of student work for this until students have completed the work and it has been handed in. This will be completed and fed back to the student as per the exam board guidelines.

Quality assurance process

Each half term, a book trawl will take place. The Faculty Leader will collect at random a selection of books from each teacher. These books will then be scrutinised using the whole school policy. Photographic evidence will be collected during the review. Each member of the team will then receive personalised feedback detailing the quality observed in students’ books. A judgement will be made on the quality of marking and feedback along with targets and areas for improvement. If a judgement identifies marking and feedback to require improvement or less, a further book trawl will be repeated within 3 weeks to ensure improvements are made and support is provided. An overall judgement will then be reached about the quality of marking and feedback across the faculty and reported in the DSEF. The Head of Faculty will delegate, on occasion, book trawls to other members of the faculty as and when appropriate.

Marking Policy

Computing and BS Marking Policy

Homework

KS3 – Homework will be set once a week, this will either be written homework in books which will be marked, spellings on SMHW or continuation of use of a particular software progress and usage to be monitored by the teacher.

 

KS4 GCSE subject – These will be set homework once a week which will be assessed by the teacher if written, some of the homework will be online and the teacher will monitor through the software to ensure they have completed it and used the time frame set to do it.

KS4 BTEC Subject – Due to the nature of the course no homework will be set for this subject unless it is the finance unit and then revision will be set so they can prepare for the exam.

Curriculum Area: ICT

Team Members:

K Holland(Subject Leader)

C O’Doherty

D Jones

S Martindale

General Subject Overview

“Computational Thinkers – creators of IT”

In the IT department we aim to develop the whole child and take our students away from being users of IT to being creators of IT. We aim to develop students who can be successful in our future economy.  An economy which will increasingly demand high level computing skills in all sectors and specifically a capacity for “Computational Thinkers”   We want students to learn about IT and the impact that technology has had on their lives, as well as society as a whole, ensure they are able to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.

We aim to develop confident and competent students in the field of computing and encourage students to be innovative in their thinking and to learn how to develop their skills through theory based practice.

In essence, we wish to enhance the quality of life of the students who pass through our classes. Every student will be encouraged and motivated to achieve his or her best in external examinations. As teachers, we aspire to spark the imagination of our students that may lead them onto a path of endeavor and innovation in the computing world and hopefully producing the next Bill Gates or Tim Berners Lee.

Year 7:

Students will begin the year looking at ICT in society where they will develop their knowledge on E-Safety. They will then undertake a study of programming using a programme called Scratch; research different parts of computers and why they are needed; they will create a website using HTML coding; and develop publishing skills and data handling skills. Assessment occurs after each unit of work is complete.  These assessments generate personal targets for all pupils – these become the focus for learning for the following unit of work.

Year 8:

As with year 7, pupils study a range of topics linked to the creation of IT products. This includes programming; using more sophisticated features and extend functions of programming and looking at the use of raspberry pi’s; they will build on their knowledge and understanding of html code and start using CSS to introduce more complex features of editing:  they will investigate the use of computers in society with a particular focus on ‘control’ and how this impacts on our lives.

 

Year 9, 10 and 11

Computer Science

Are you the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? If so Computer Science is the way forward.

 

GCSE Computer Science helps you think about how technology is created. It allows you to understand how people work together with computers to develop world changing programmes like Facebook, Spotify and eBay. You’ll also develop the skills that colleges, universities and employers are looking for – and they’ll prove valuable for the rest of your life. GCSE Computer Science is graded 9 – 1.

 

What will you study?

 

Over the course you will cover the following:

  • Computational thinking: this is the process of thinking through a complex problem, taking the time to understand what the problem is and then develop potential solutions for evaluation. These are then presented in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.
  • Theoretical content: here you will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. You will earn about the computer systems that you will create and use and also delve in to the world cyber security and ethical legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
  • Aspects of software development: understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively. Learn how to complete an overall evaluation to help refine the end product.

 

How will you be assessed?

 

You will have two written exams which are 1 hour 30 minutes each. Together they contribute to 80% of your overall grade. Your non-exam assessment assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. You will follow a systematic approach to problem solving and will be assessed over 20 hours of work, which makes up the final 20% of the assessment.

Careers / Further Study

The course provides the knowledge, key skills and experiences that are absolutely essential in higher education, work and life. It is an ideal foundation for further study at A Level, and the skills learnt can also be used in other areas of study and in everyday life. Students will acquire essential skills, knowledge and experiences that will enable them to develop career opportunities in the IT industry, business and the public sector (in areas such as IT industry, Media, Accounting etc).Students must be able to work independently at the computer, solving problems using ICT.

 

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Enrichment

During the school year, an extra-curricular Programming Course is run by the department.   Students will be encouraged to learn programming language and write a program in different situations.

After school club is available each night where students can come back and develop a variety of skills with the staff in particular looking at the new skills such as html code, creating apps or games.