Business and Enterprise

The Business department is a high achieving and successful department.  We believe that every student should be prepared to function in the ever developing digital world.  The courses offered at KS4 and KS5 provide students with the skills and understanding to unlock various opportunities in higher education, leading to future career success.

Mr Phillips

Head of Computing and Business

Intent

We aim to prepare our students for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital society and business world. Knowledge and understanding of computer technologies is of increasing importance for every child’s future both at home, during education, and for future employment.

The Business Enterprise curriculum aims to develop young entrepreneurs of the future via the delivery of the BTEC Tech in Enterprise at Key Stage 4 and BTEC National in Business during Key Stage 5. The focus is on allowing students the opportunity to explore real business issues and to develop an understanding of how business enterprises work and how business success is measured. The delivery of the subject means students gain a wider understanding of both the internal and external factors that allow or hinder this business success. The overall intention being to develop students into informed and adaptable individuals who are ready and able to tackle future challenges as they move forward in education. This might be on to university and the further study of related disciplines such as Business Management, Accounting or Marketing or the completion of an apprenticeship course.

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Implementation

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision to provide a rich, innovative and inclusive curriculum which aims to enable all students, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish to become competent users of computer technology in all its forms.

Within the delivery of the Business Enterprise Curriculum at Key Stages 4 and 5, the focus is on equipping every student with the skills, knowledge and understanding to allow them to appreciate how business success is achieved and maybe to become the future entrepreneurs of the business world. The aim is to deliver high quality teaching and learning through the application of key theory, such as human resource management, to various bespoke business enterprise scenarios. This allows for the students to apply their knowledge and understanding to areas of specific interest such as the launch of a new fashion brand or opening of a new sports retailer. This then allows students to access the required theory via scenarios relevant to their own interests, leading to increased success in their studies.

Impact

Students are equipped with all the skills to be entrepreneurial in their approach to life and their future career plans.  Students develop a range of transferable skills whilst studying BTEC Tech Enterprise or BTEC National Business including communication, teamwork, research and analysis skills.  These will support any further course of study including the completion of an apprenticeship or university degree.

Students are successful in their studies at KS5 which leads to entry into higher education or a relevant apprenticeship.  Recent examples include:

  • York University – Business Management
  • Sheffield Hallam University – Business and Enterprise Management
  • Newcastle University – Planning
  • John Moores University – Law and Criminal Justice
  • Liverpool John Moores University – Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Human Resource Management
  • Liverpool John Moores University – Law
  • Liverpool Hope University – International Relations & Tourism
  • University of Leeds – Philosophy and Politics

Teaching Team

The Computing and Business department is staffed by a hardworking and committed team of four teachers.  Student attainment is high, at all levels with GCSE and A level performance above the national average. The courses we offer are extremely popular at Key Stage 4 with a significant number going on to study these courses in the Sixth Form too. The department is constantly striving to raise attainment through curriculum development; focusing on sharing good practice and resources within our team and we utilise up to date research to inform and improve our teaching and learning strategies. Continued evaluation of all aspects of the department allow us to support all students to realise their full potential.

Facilities

The department is made up of 5 classrooms which are fully equipped with up to date teaching technology, including an HD visualiser and 20+ desktop computers with a range of software applications and full access to the internet. There is also a 20 unit laptop trolley available within the department for classroom use so every student has their own computer in every lesson.  The department are at the forefront of remote learning and E-learning strategies, leading the way with the use of Google Classroom to extend learning beyond the physical classroom.

Support

The ICT classrooms are available within the department at lunch time and after school to allow students to gain additional help and guidance and also continue with their practical work.  We also encourage all students to explore and develop their ICT and computing skills at home.  There are also extra revision clinics available for all students before they sit their GCSE and Advanced Level examinations.

Extra-Curricular

There are a wide range of popular extra-curricular events including Computer Science Club and a wealth of clinics/support sessions for each course on offer. A further important focus is on enrichment opportunities and these include the Hour of Code and UK Bebras Challenge, which are both completed by all students in Key Stage 3.

Industry Links

Links with industry are a vital part of the study of Computing and Business and the department has developed important links with many business organisations including local, national and internationally renowned companies across an array of business sectors, including Unilever, UK Fast, Inn2 Web Design, Owen Drew Candles, Hoylake Sailing School and John Percival Associates.

The Business department is a high achieving and successful department.  We believe that every student should be prepared to function in the ever developing digital world.  The courses offered at KS4 and KS5 provide students with the skills and understanding to unlock various opportunities in higher education, leading to future career success.

Mr Phillips

Head of Computing and Business

Business and Enterprise Learning Journey

KS4 BTEC Enterprise Learning Journey

Year 12 BTEC First Award in Business Learning Journey 

Year 13 BTEC National Business Learning Journey