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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: TBC
Course Content

Year 1

Unit 1 Exploring Business

Exploring the features of different business to see how they are organised and how they are successful. The environment and markets in which businesses operate is also investigated and considered.

Internal Assessment 90 Credits

Unit 3

Personal & Business Finance

Understanding why money is important to both individuals and businesses. Looking at accounting terminology and be able to make and evaluate financial decisions in real life situations. (This is a written exam of 2 hours comprising 100 marks).

External Assessment 120 Credits



Year 2

Unit 27

Work Experience in Business

In this unit you will investigate and take part in opportunities for work related learning in Business. This offers students the chance to carefully plan, engage in and reflect on their work experience at SPH Sixth Form in a detailed and thoughtful manner. Students will gain valuable insight into the world of work and their role within their chosen organisation.

Internal Assessment 60 credits

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign

Learn about Marketing principles and how to apply them. You will investigate and develop marketing campaigns that are based on research data and information. (This is a synoptic unit which means that you have to apply knowledge from across the qualification to your work. A case study will be provided in advance and students will then prepare and sit the task under supervised conditions).

External Assessment 90 Credits

Style Of Assessment

The course comprises of 4 units of study, 3 of which are mandatory and 2 of which are externally assessed. These units cover a wide range of business topics including marketing, finance, business environment and management career prospects.

Whose kind of course?

Why study a Diploma in Business Studies?

The course is the National Foundation Diploma, which is the equivalent of one and a half A Levels. The course uses a learner centred approach to study, with the main assessment style being project based. Practical and thinking skills are both developed throughout the course, fully preparing students for the world of work or higher education.

 


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BTEC Computing

The subjects and transferable skills taught in Computing directly relate to the world of work and would help you to continue with further studies in both Engineering and Computer Science at university.

Without further study, the course would equip you for roles like:
• Service Desk Analyst
• IT User Support Technician
• Trainee Applications Support Developer
• Trainee Software Developer
• Trainee Web Developer

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: None
Course Content
Year 1
Unit 1 Principles of Computer Science

This unit covers the principles that underpin all areas of computer science. It will develop your computational-thinking skills and you will apply those skills to solve problems
120 Hours External Exam

Option Unit
The qualification includes a choice of optional units, including:
• Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation
• Unit 15: Games and Website Development.
• Unit 17: Mobile Apps Development
60 Hours Internally Assessed work

Year 2
Unit 2 Fundamentals of Computer Systems

Learners study the fundamental principles of how computer systems work, including the role of hardware and software, the way components of a system work together and how data in a system is used.
90 Hours External Exam

Unit 7 IT Systems Security and Encryption
Learners will study IT system security threats and the methods used to protect against them. Learners undertake activities to protect IT systems from security threats, including data encryption.
90 Hours Internally Assessed work

Style Of Assessment
TBC
Whose kind of course?
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing is equivalent in size to one A Level. It is aimed at post 16 learners who are interested in an initial introduction to study of the ICT sector at Level 3 alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, but not necessarily in computing.

It allows learners to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in computing from which they can progress to broader or more specialist study at Level 3. The qualification can be taken in combination with A Levels or other vocational qualifications to meet progression requirements.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills taught in Computing directly relate to the world of work and would help you to continue with further studies in both Engineering and Computer Science at university.

Without further study, the course would equip you for roles like:
• Service Desk Analyst
• IT User Support Technician
• Trainee Applications Support Developer
• Trainee Software Developer
• Trainee Web Developer
Business Studies

The subjects and transferable skills taught in business studies directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in a competitive careers market. Some options would include Marketing; PR, Communication, Management, Accountancy, Advertising, PR; Communication; Management; Accountancy and Advertising.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: You do not need to have studies Business Studies at GCSE, but must have a minimum Grade of 6 in English and 5 for Mathematics
Course Content
AS and A2: A course all about decision making in business. Linear by structure, with no distinct units, students will be studying areas such as Planning and Financing a Business, How to Manage a Business, How to set and Measure Strategies for Success and the Global Business Environment and Managing Change.
Style Of Assessment
AS Paper 1
50% of AS Level: 1 hour 30 minutes examination: 3 sections
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Short Answer Questions
- 2 essay questions

AS Paper 2
50% of AS Level: 1 hour 30 minutes examination
One compulsary case study – seven questions

A2 Paper 1
33.3% of A2 Level
2 hour examination
3 sections
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Short Answer Questions
- 2 essay questions

A2 Paper 2
33.3% of A2 Level
2 hour examination
3 data response questions

A2 Paper 3
33.3% of A2 Level
2 hour examination
One compulsary case study with 6 questions
Whose kind of course?
If you are interested in understanding what business is, what impacts on success and failure and how to take business decisions based on facts, then this is the course for you. Learning business theory allied to real life examples, you will be able to make those difficult judgements.

People who are interested in the world around them will find this course crucial as we will study how to improve business performance accross a wide range of subject areas, marketing, operations, finance, human resources and the setting of and measuring strategic change in an ever changing environment.

Stretch & Challenge – aiming for A*: There are many opportunities to extend learning gained both through directed study, industry visits and speakers and your own experiences and knowledge.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills taught in business studies directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in a competitive careers market. Some options would include Marketing; PR, Communication, Management, Accountancy, Advertising, PR; Communication; Management; Accountancy and Advertising.
Computer Science

The subjects and transferable skills taught in Computer Science directly relate to the world of work and would help you to continue with further studies in both Engineering and Computer Science at university.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 GCSE Computer Science and GCSE Maths
Course Content
Computer Systems will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Algorithms and Programming will cover computational thinking:
• Elements of computational thinking
• Programming and problem solving
• Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
• Algorithm design and efficiency
• Standard algorithms
Style Of Assessment
AS Paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes On-screen assessment 50% of final mark
AS Paper 2 1 hour 30 minutes extended answers examination 50% of final mark

A2 Paper 1 Computer Systems (2.5 hours) 40% of the final mark
A2 Paper 2 Algorithms and Programming (2.5 hours) 40% of the final mark
Non-Examined Assessment 20% of the final mark
Whose kind of course?
The A-level Computer Science is for you if you are interested in developing your skills in Computing after GCSE. It expands on topics from GCSE, going in to more depth (e.g. in Logic Gates we look at more different types of gates and combining more gates together). New material includes looking at State Machines Programming will continue focusing on developing skills in Python, or learning a new language such as C# (a language commonly used by today´s software engineers). New concepts are introduced, such as Object Oriented Programming in both languages.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills taught in Computer Science directly relate to the world of work and would help you to continue with further studies in both Engineering and Computer Science at university.
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