Business Studies and ICT/Computer Science


Mr Guga Shann – Acting Head of Business and ICT
Mr Rob Beever – Teacher of Business – Assistant Principal

Aims of the Department

To develop the positive life chances for our students through dedicated, enthusiastic and motivational teaching and learning.

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

Ferdinand Drucker

“"The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."”

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO), 2011

Enrichment & Consolidation

Key Stage 4
Year 11 Computer Science Intervention Friday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
Year 10 Computer Science Intervention Wednesday & Thursday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
Year 10 iMedia Intervention Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
Year 9 Computer Science Intervention Wednesday & Thursday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
Business Intervention Thursday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
Key Stage 5
Business Intervention Tuesday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
ICT Intervention Wednesday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
AMP Awards Tuesday 2.50pm - 3.50pm
Young Enterprise Wednesday 2.50pm - 3.50pm

Business Studies

Aims of the Department

To develop the entrepreneur in our students, to enable them to follow their aspirations.

Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Business

Unit 1 – Investigating the business environment
Unit 2 – external finance exam
Unit 3 – Promoting a brand
Unit 4 – Principles of Customer Service

GCSE Business Studies, AQA – 4133

Unit 1 – Setting up a business
Written Paper 1 hour 40%

Unit 2 – Growing as a business
Written Paper 1 hour 35%

Unit 3 – Investigating Businesses
Controlled Assessment 25%

Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 Business

Year 1
Unit 1 – The business environment
Unit 2 – Business resources
Unit 3 – Introduction to marketing
Year 2
Unit 4 – Business communication
Unit 18 – Managing a business event
Unit 36 – Starting a small business

BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism

Year 1
Unit 1 – Investigating the travel and tourism sector
Unit 2 – The business of travel and tourism
Unit 3 – UK as a destination

Year 2
Unit 4 – Customer service in travel and tourism
Unit 7 – European destinations
Unit 8 – Long haul travel destinations

ICT & Computing

Aims of the Department

To develop confident digital citizens who understand the power of the digital world.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 students study an introductory course that covers key topics such as spreadsheets, word processing and e-Safety.


Unit 1 – E-Safety
Unit 2 – ICT Project – Spreadsheets, Word Processing, Presentations
Unit 3 – Computational Thinking
Unit 4 – Theory – History of Computing & Number Systems
Unit 5 – Small Basic
Unit 6 – Micro:bit

Year 8

Year 8 students study an introductory course looking at the fundamental principles of Computers, enhancing this knowledge with an introduction to various programming techniques.


Unit 1 – E-Safety
Unit 2 – Python Programming
Unit 3 – Theory (e.g. Hardware, Software, Binary, Network Topologies)
Unit 4 – Web Design (HTML & CSS)

Key Stage 4

GCSE Cambridge Nationals iMedia

Students (years 9 – 10) study the Cambridge Nationals iMedia.

GCSE Computing – OCR GCSE Computing

Students (years 9 – 11) study the OCR GCSE course.
Students study this course for 3/2/3 hours per week. For further details, please click on the resources link.

OCR GCSE Computing

Key Stage 5

AS/A2 Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT

This course provides an opportunity for learners to develop further as ICT end-users. End-users are those who use ICT, typically desktop applications, on a daily basis in a work role to enhance personal productivity, facilitate communication and enable collaborative working.

Cambridge Technicals in IT

Google Classroom

All resources for ICT/Computing can be found on Google Classroom. Students can log in to this from anywhere to access their classwork and homework.

To find out more about Google Classroom, please ask your child to give you a demo, or click here.

Revision Material