The BIE Department consists of 4 full time teaching staff, delivering 4 subjects across the curriculum, under the title of Business, ICT and Enterprise.

The Faculty has 4 computer rooms in the main school, two of which are equipped with tables to be used as a classroom and computer room. The faculty deliver computing across Key Stages 3, 4, and 5, Business at Key Stage 4 and 5, with Media and Law solely at Key Stage 5.

Business, ICT & Enterprise Department

Mr Christopher O'Neil 310561 ext.1060
Mr David 310561 ext.1061
Mr Lewis 310561 ext.1061
Miss Gillian 310561 ext.1060

Key stage 3

During KS3 students study Computer Science, Computer Literacy and IT skills. All year groups will complete an E-Safety module which looks at how to stay safe when using computers. In year 7 students also study algorithms, simple programming, animation and what a computer system is. In year 8 students will study a text based programming language, website development, Data Representation and databases. In year 9 students study spreadsheets, programming, networks and data representation. They will be assessed using the new GCSE grades 1-9.

Key stage 4

In VCERT Business, students will study two units: Unit 1 – “Introduction to Business and Enterprise” which covers Entrepreneurs, Marketing, Operations Management, Internal Influences on Business and External Influences on Business. Students will then move on to Unit 2 – “Understanding Resources for Business and Enterprise Planning” which covers Research, Human Resources, Enterprise and Business Finance and Business and Enterprise Planning. Unit 1 is externally assessed by an examination and is worth 40% of the qualification. This will be sat in the March of Year 10, with a re-sit opportunity in the November of Year 11. Unit 2 is a Synoptic Project which is internally assessed and externally moderation and is worth 60% of the qualification. Students will receive a scenario in the December of Year 11 and will complete the Synoptic Project over 20 hours of supervised sessions which take place during their normal lessons.

In GCSE Computing, students learn about the fundamentals of computer function, from binary to networking, to software and hardware. Students undertake 2 programming practical controlled assessments in the course. A sound level in maths is important to be successful.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS4 can be found here.

Key stage 5

The BIE Faculty offer 5 Key Stage 5 qualifications; Business, Computer Science, Media and Law.

Business students can choose from two qualifications: A-Level Business which is assessed through three examinations, and BTEC Business which is assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. Students studying both qualifications will study Why Businesses exist, Marketing, Finance, HR and Operations.

Computer Science A level covers algorithms, the theory of computing and a practical project. At AS level it is assessed with 2 end of year exams, each worth 50% At A level students are assessed with 2 exams each worth 40% and a practical project worth 20%.

On the Law course, students discover how the Law impacts on them, which laws apply to different situations and apply these to real life scenarios, backing them up with a sound knowledge of similar cases.

Media students discover the impact of the media on individuals and groups of people, how representation impacts on us and how institutions are formed and deliver their message. Students also undertake coursework in each year.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS5 can be found here.