This two year course is assessed through two units that you complete as assignments and one written exam paper. You will learn about children’s growth and development (Unit 1 - externally assessed), about the value of play in a child’s development (Unit 2 - coursework) and the principles of early year’s practice (Unit 3 - coursework).

You will also develop skills in research, teamwork, communication and presentation as well as ICT. You should have a genuine interest in working with children and realise from the outset that the course is NOT only about ‘caring for babies’. There is also a significant scientific and academic aspect to the course.

Assessment is throughout the two years and learners must take a mature approach to their studies from the outset.

You should take this course if you have an interest in business, want to start one of your own or have an inquiring mind. You will learn about how businesses are set up and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course covers every aspect of business from setting up a small business to international trade. The skills and knowledge gained by studying business will be useful in many aspects of everyday working life.

As a student of business, you will learn more about how small businesses are developed; discover how businesses promote themselves; how they keep their customers happy; how they manage both their finances and the people who work for them. A variety of businesses are studied to analyse what makes someone a successful business person and how to build that business into a larger enterprise. Additionally, you will find out how to develop an idea and spot a business opportunity and how to turn that into a successful business. All aspects of the course will enable you to understand how to make a business effective and manage money, as well as being able to see how the world around us affects small and large businesses and all the people involved.

The course is examined in two written exams at the end of Year 11.