Digital Technologies and Business

The Faculty vision is to empower young women to achieve outstanding qualifications so they can become leaders in the digital and business economy.

Head of Faculty

Mr S Bashir (

Faculty Subjects

ICT, Computing, Business & I-Media

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

We are delivering many units that range from Computing, Digital Literacy and ICT. The units are themed and have been combined with some old and new units. Our units are related to key topics e.g. E-safety and Criminal Computing that will affect our students.


  • Year 7: Working Electronically, Internet Reliability, Spreadsheets, Scratch Programming
  • Year 8: Graphics, Criminal Computing, Digital Literacy, Computing Fundementals
  • Year 9: Impact of IT on Society, HTML, Digital Video, Idea Award

Courses offered as Options

  • GCSE Computer Science
  • Cambridge National I-Media
  • BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise
  • Business

GCSE Computer Science

Units studied in Year 10 GCSE Computer Science

In Year 10 students complete controlled assessment component which involves 20 hours of controlled assessment work and involves students completing one task which is solving practical problem.

Units studied in Year 11 Computer Science

In Year 11 students finish off outstanding items from the controlled assessment in Year 10. They then move onto component 2 Computing fundamentals which is the exam unit.

Cambridge National Level 1 & 2 I-Media

Units studied in Year 10 I-Media

In Year 10 students will complete two units of work one of these is a coursework unit which is worth 25 percent ‘Creating Digital Graphics’ students will understand what a client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques are as part of the planning and creation process. The second unit is a written exam ‘pre-production skills’ which is also worth 25 percent.

Units studied in Year 11 I-Media

In Year 11 students will complete another two units of work which are optional coursework units both worth 25 percent each. Creating a multipage website students will develop a number of skills of planning, preparation techniques and develop a website. Creating a digital video sequence this is the last unit students will develop skills in planning, creating and reviewing digital videos.

BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise

Units studied in Yr 10 BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise

In Year 10 students will complete Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises which is assessed internally. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the different types of enterprise and their ownership, looking at the characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs with reasons for levels of success. After May half term students will start Component 3 which is an externally assed unit through an exam in February of Yearr 11 with the opportunity to resit in May of YR 11. In this unit students will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. They will also explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.

Units studies in Year 11 BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise

In Year 11 students will complete Component 3 in February and move onto Component 2 until the end of the year. In Component 2, students will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch.


All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world.

Business and Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future. Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.

Studying in our Faculty will provide you with a knowledge of businesses and how they are run and the environment (local and international) they operate in. At the same time we will take you out on trips to visit a range of businesses first hand and arrange for a number of speakers to come in work with you in the classroom environment.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 learners in our Faculty will study BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise.

As part of their Key Stage 4 programme, learners will be studying a broad range of GCSEs, including English, mathematics and science. The BTEC Tech Award has been designed to allow learners to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from these subjects where relevant. When studying for a ‘BTEC’, learners can use the knowledge and skills from GCSEs generally, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts.

The BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise 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.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 learners in our faculty will study either BTEC First in Business (Level 1/2) or BTEC National in Business (Level 3).

BTEC First in Business (Level 1 / 2)

What does the qualification cover?

This course allows you to study the world of business, giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. You will examine the roles and responsibilities of setting up a new business and its financial management. You will also develop key skills, such as analysis and review of key financial statements. The qualification is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about business.

This qualification provides an engaging, practical and relevant introduction to the world of business. It encourages you to explore the range of business types and understand the factors that influence success through analysing business models. It enables you to develop, enhance and apply your research, practical, communication and technical skills through creating and presenting a business plan for a realistic business start-up in your local area. You will study finance and analyse key financial statements (for example, income statements and statements of financial position), reviewing their importance in the successful financial management of a business.
You will complete 12 units in total, 2 of which are externally examined units which you will have the opportunity to resit throughout the year if needed.

BTEC National in Businesses (Level 3)

At KS5 you have the option to study BTEC National in Business Diploma (2 A Level equivalent) or BTEC National in Business Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent).

What does this qualification cover?
Learners taking this qualification will study mandatory units, which make up 100% of the learning programme covering the following content areas:

  • Business environments
  • Marketing and budgeting

Learners studying BTEC National in Business Diploma will study 8 units, 3 of which are externally examined.

Learners studying BTEC National in Business Extended Certificate will study 4 units, 2 of which are externally examined.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses if taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications as part of a programme of learning. Depending on the other qualifications learners have taken, they can progress to a degree programme from a range of programmes in the business sector. Progression can be direct to an honours degree or to a Higher National, a Foundation Degree, or a Higher Apprenticeship.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills in the following three main categories:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant. For example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities

How does the qualification provide transferable knowledge and skills for higher education?

All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • being able to give presentations and being active group members

BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

  • Effective writing
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative development
  • Preparation for assessment methods used in degrees

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