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Hampstead School

New Business Technologies

BUSINESS

BTEC National Extended Certificate

Awarding body: Edexcel

What will I learn?

Over the 2 years, you will study eight units covering entrepreneurial themes that are key to understanding how to set up and run a successful business. Not only will you study the theory of business, but you will also apply your learning through a variety of different units within the course.

UNITS

  1.  Exploring Business

Looking into what makes a successful business.

  1.  Developing a Marketing Campaign

Planning a marketing strategy for a company

  1.  Personal & Business Finance

Managing the finances for both you and a company.

  1.  Investigating Customer Service

What is involved in good customer service and why it is important?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment across the course will be via a combination of exam, controlled assessment & coursework projects. The exam board assesses the controlled assessments & exams, whilst your teachers assess the coursework.

What can I do at the end of the course?

This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to further study at university when the course is studied in combination with A-Levels. Typical degree options might follow a business management, sales, marketing, accounting pathway, but other alternatives will also be open to you, as successful completion of the course carries the same UCAS points as that of 1 A-Level. However, the course also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give you an advantage when applying for a range of entry level i.e. ‘school leaver’ management or technical roles, and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as business administration, marketing, accounting, sales or enterprise. The course could also equip you with the skills to enter the self-employed market and turn your enterprise ideas and ambitions into reality.


 

 

BUSINESS - DOUBLE AWARD

This qualification must be taken with the Extended Certificate

BTEC National Diploma

Awarding body: Edexcel

What will I learn?

Over the 2 years, you will study eight units covering entrepreneurial themes that are key to understanding how to set up and run a successful business. Not only will you study the theory of business, but you will also apply your learning through a variety of different units within the course.

UNITS

  1.  Exploring Business

Looking into what makes a successful business.

  1.  Developing a Marketing Campaign

Planning a marketing strategy for a company

  1.  Personal & Business Finance

Managing the finances for both you and a company.

  1.  Managing an Event

The stages involved in planning, advertising & running an event.

  1.  International Business

What do you have to think about when a business is international? 

  1.  Principles of Management

What are successful strategies of managing a business?

  1.  Recruitment & Selection Process

The process for selecting the right employee for a position.

  1.  Investigating Customer Service

What is involved in good customer service and why it is important?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment across the course will be via a combination of exam, controlled assessment & coursework projects. The exam board assesses the controlled assessments & exams, whilst your teachers assess the coursework.

What can I do at the end of the course?

This qualification is designed primarily to support progression to further study at university when the course is studied in combination with A-Levels. Typical degree options might follow a business management, sales, marketing, accounting pathway, but other alternatives will also be open to you, as successful completion of the course carries the same UCAS points as that of 2 A-Levels. However, the course also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give you an advantage when applying for a range of entry level i.e. ‘school leaver’ management or technical roles, and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as business administration, marketing, accounting, sales or enterprise. The course could also equip you with the skills to enter the self-employed market and turn your enterprise ideas and ambitions into reality.


COMPUTER SCIENCE

A Level

Awarding body: OCR

What will I learn?

Component 1 - Computer Systems (40% of A-Level, 50% of AS-Level)

Students will cover topics such as:

  • Components of a computer
  • Networks & Databases
  • Data Representation
  • Software
  • Legal, Moral, Cultural & Ethical Issues in Computing

Component 2 - Algorithms & Programming (40% of A-Level, 50% of AS-Level)

Students will cover topics such as:

  • Computational Thinking
  • Programming & Problem Solving
  • Algorithms

Component 3 - Programming Project (20% of A-Level)

Students will be creating a piece of software for a user of their choice and produce a report that includes:

  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the Solution
  • Development of the Solution
  • Testing & Evaluation

What can I do at the end of the course?

Studying A-Level Computer Science allows students to develop their problem solving skills greatly, a skill that is helpful for every career. Students who study A-Level Computer Science have an ideal pathway into undergraduate degrees in areas such as Computer Science or Engineering. These degree choices lead to many possible career options such as Software Engineer, Threat Analysis, Project Manager and Network Engineer.    


FINANCIAL STUDIES

LIBF Diploma

Awarding body: LIBF (London Institute of Banking & Finance)

What will I learn?

How financial capabilities affect every aspect of our lives, and understand the internal & external issues that impact on our potential financial prosperity. You will want to become an expert in the range of different financial products that we use to meet our life goals, as well as show a willingness to evaluate the suitability of various financial solutions to the different challenges that people face. You will want to learn how the UK & other countries’ governments’ economic and political policies contribute to a more complex financial landscape, which in turn drives the need for us to be increasingly more financial literate, in order to be effective citizens & sustainable consumers. You will want to gain an understanding of how the financial services industry operates and the link between it, consumers and the country.

How will I be assessed?

CeFS (Certificate in Financial Studies) Year 12

  1. Unit 1: – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term (FCIS)
  2. Unit 2: – Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term (FCML)

DipFS (Certificate in Financial Studies) Year 13

  1. Unit 3: – Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances (SIF)
  2. Unit 4: – Sustainability of the Financial Services System (SFS)

All units comprise 2 exams per Unit – 1 MCQ (35%) & 1 written case study (65%)

What can I do at the end of the course?

Students gaining the CeFS/DipFS will have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. They are professional qualifications in their own right which are highly recognised by employers, some of whom award higher starting salaries as a result. The CeFS/DipFS can also form part of a finance suite of ‘A’ levels, including Economics, specifically geared for those who would like a future in an employed or self-employed business environment, or to go on and study Business or Finance related degrees. Alternatively, the CeFS/DipFS would make an ideal 3rd or 4th ‘A’ level choice as it can combine easily with all other ‘A’ Level subjects for a range of university or college courses. You will be gaining useful, relevant knowledge and skills that will affect the quality of your real-life financial future, as well as gaining the standard UCAS points associated with all other ‘A’ levels that you will need for your chosen course.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

BTEC Extended Certificate

Awarding Body: Pearson

What will I learn?

Students will develop both theoretical and practical skills of IT and apply these in a business setting. This involves how businesses should use social media, how to analyse and manipulate data in spreadsheets, how to develop relational databases and theoretical information about the IT industry, such as legal issues with IT and how networks work. The course has a range of coursework modules, practical exams and traditional exams.

  • Year 12

Students will complete two units:

  • Using Social Media in Business (Coursework)
  • Data Modelling (Coursework)
  • Year 13

Students will complete two units:

  • Information Technology Systems (Written Exam)
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information (Practical exam)

What can I do at the end of the course?

This course will lead learners onto either Higher Education or Employment. There are variety of different degree options you could pursue after this course some examples are: Information Technology, Information Management, Software Engineering, Business Studies and Management. Careers can include managing computer networks, project manager, website developer, digital marketing.