At Key Stage 5 we offer the BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology

WHY CHOOSE IT BTEC?
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an applied general qualification covering 360 GLH (Guided Learning Hours) and equivalent in size to one A Level.  It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT and computer systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
This BTEC qualification is a 2 Year course and students apply learning through a range of practical assessments. The combination of practical and written assessment styles gives students the confidence that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses (if they choose to), and throughout their career.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is made up of units. The units studied are as follows:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
Unit 5: Data Modelling


All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:
The ability to learn independently
The ability to research actively and methodically
Being able to give presentations and being active group members.

LEVEL: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC

WHY CHOOSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?
Health and Social Care has a vocational approach, which will develop the skills you need to work with vulnerable groups in a range of multidisciplinary settings. You will develop an understanding of theory, policy and the importance of anti-discriminatory and evidence based practice in relation to health, welfare and social care nationally. In studying HSC you will learn about how health and social care fits into social, policy, legal and organisational environments in the UK. HSC also helps to develop wider skills such as developing your ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively e.g. arranging your own health promotion as well as a work placement for some of the coursework. Much of the course will allow you to explore current issues such as discrimination and inequality and how practice can combat their effects. You will use secondary and primary research to identify and propose solutions to issues that affect the school and local community.
Health and Social Care is not just about this industry but you would benefit from a course focussed on developing your key transferable skills to help enhance your employability.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the  care and support needs of individuals
Examine the ethical issues involved  when providing care and support to meet individual needs
Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges
Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs
Skills in report writing, analysis, evaluation and application to health and social care settings
The importance of personal and business finance. develop skills needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1
Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Needs
Year 2
Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 11 – Psychological Perspectives

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There are two units
All coursework and CA is completed on computers and assessed in both first and second year
One exam unit in year 1 and one exam unit in year 2

SUGGESTED READING:
Textbook: BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book.  This will cover all of the units for both years of the course.  ISBN 978-1-2921-2601-2

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Further education routes include Nursing, Child Care, Social Services with career possibilities including Dental Assistant and Child Care Worker. With a qualification in Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care you can you can study Health and Social Care related courses in higher education and seek employment in varied organisations.

LEVEL: Level 3 DIPLOMA (DipFS) – A Level EQUIVALENT

EXAM BOARD:  London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF)

WHY CHOOSE THE DIPLOMA IN FINANCIAL STUDIES?
This course teaches financial knowledge that no adult can live without and has been designed to provide a challenging qualification covering the core disciplines of financial capability. You are encouraged to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout your life. You will develop the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.
You will develop the knowledge and skills required to make informed financial decisions by introducing you to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. This is learning for life.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will develop the confidence to make informed and confident decisions regarding personal finances and appreciate the benefits derived from financial services products to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning. You will also compare and contrast a range of financial solutions & draw reasoned, informed and sound financial judgements in particular contexts.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Unit 1 – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term
Unit 2 – Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term
Unit 3 – Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances
Unit 4 – Sustainability of the Financial Services System

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Four multiple choice and written exams per year. Each with one retake opportunity.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Further education opportunities include courses in Financial Studies or Accounting Degrees. Relevant careers include accounting, business and banking.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

WHY CHOOSE ECONOMICS?
Economics is the right subject for you if you enjoy debating economic issues such as inequality, immigration and how we should pay for healthcare; using and interpreting data to analyse economic problems; discussing alternative courses of action; keeping up to date with national and international trends.

It is a great time to study economics. So many of the most important decisions facing society are based on economic issues. Whether you are concerned with global warming or global trade, whether you are looking at the collapse of world financial markets or the collapse of a local small business, you can’t get far without knowledge of economics. This course aims to stimulate your interest in how economies work – at personal, national and world levels.
Just some of the issues you will be encouraged to investigate are:
“Why has the UK economy experienced both boom conditions and slumps in the past?”, “What determines the level of UK interest rates?”, “Is a strong pound desirable?”, “Why are footballers paid more than nurses?”, “What are the implications of a national minimum wage?”

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse economic problems and issues. Evaluate economic arguments and evidence to make informed judgements.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
You may not have come across economics before. It is an exciting and relevant subject that is useful in the workplace. If you are interested in current affairs and how the economy works, this is the subject for you.


Theme 1 Introduction to markets and market failure — How markets Work; Why They Fail. For example, how do we solve the economic problem by producing goods and services? We have an insatiable desire to consume more than we produce, so we have to ration our scarce resources. We do this through wealth and prices. The system works well when producing consumer goods but not so well when we think about things like street lights, health or defence. In such cases we might need government intervention to help to correct the market.

Theme 2 The UK economy - performance and policies. This examines issues such as unemployment, inflation, the balance of payments and economic growth and what can make them better or worse. We look at the government’s budget and ask questions like… “Is it right to be worried about reducing the budget deficit in a time of recession?”

Theme 3 Business behaviour and the labour market – this looks more closely at firms and how they operate. How do we work out how much we get paid? You will study things like mergers, efficiency, diminishing returns and business activity from the point of view of society rather than just profit calculations.

Theme 4 A global perspective – You will study issues like… Can we continue to buy more from the rest of the world than we sell to it? Are we trying to sustain an unsustainable lifestyle? Can models help us predict the economic future? If so why didn’t we predict the credit crunch?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Paper 1 – Themes 1 and 3 – 2 hrs
Paper 2 – Themes 2 and 4 – 2 hrs
Paper 3 – All themes – 2 hrs

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Economics is a subject which is well respected and recognised for the analytical, data interpretation and essay writing skills that it requires. An A Level in Economics can lead to further study in several areas and is specifically suitable and relevant to careers in Accounting, Business, Management, Insurance and Economic forecasting and analysis.

LEVEL: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC


WHY CHOOSE BUSINESS BTEC?
A BTEC in business is a different way of learning about the varied and fast moving business world. It is a practical course with assignments about real business, enabling you to gain a wide understanding of the purpose of different businesses, their structure and how the need to innovate to succeed. You will get a chance to gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed and design this campaign for assessment.
The BTEC is a practical course and although there is some exam content this is a great course for those who prefer to be assessed over a longer time period and are prepared to work hard.


AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will be introduced to business through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them. You will explore marketing, finance, operations, external influences and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start-up.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The BTEC Certificate and Extended Certificate courses offer a range of different units. The units you will study are:-
Unit 1 – Exploring Business
Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign
Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance
Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process
BTEC Business courses are more practical and assessed by a combination of coursework, controlled assessment and an exam.

WHERE CAN BUSINESS LEAD?
Students who study business could go on to further study or into roles in a myriad different sectors, and not all of them are those you would typically associate with business in general. Business leads into higher education or work and will equip you with all the skills needed to succeed in both. Most university courses use a similar mix of assessment methods and Business students would be well equipped to tackle coursework, group work and exams.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE COMPUTER SCIENCE?
Computer Science is an exciting subject that encourages students to think creatively, logically and critically and to develop advanced problem solving skills.
Students will build on their GCSE skills to gain an understanding of a wide range of complex, sometimes abstract, data structures and to develop algorithms that manipulate their data. Algorithms will be implemented using a variety of programming paradigms including procedural, object oriented and functional techniques. Python is the main programming language used on the course.
In the second year of the course, students will use their skills to develop a substantial system for the non-exam assessment (NEA) component. At this stage some students chose to teach themselves a new language and/or to program for a different hardware platform (e.g. mobile phone applications).

AIMS OF THE COURSE
AS and A-level specifications in computer science must encourage students to develop:

  • an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • mathematical skills related to:
  • Boolean algebra
  • comparison and complexity of algorithms (A-level only)
  • number representations and bases.
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
4.1 Fundamentals of programming
4.2 Fundamentals of data structures
4.3 Fundamentals of algorithms
4.4 Theory of computation
4.5 Fundamentals of data representation
4.6 Fundamentals of computer systems
4.7 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
4.8 Consequences of uses of computing
4.9 Fundamentals of communication and networking
4.10 Fundamentals of databases
4.11 Big Data
4.12 Fundamentals of functional programming
4.13 Systematic approach to problem solving

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Paper 1
What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 10-13 above and the skills required from section 22 above.
Assessed
On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A-level
Questions
Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by us.
We will issue Preliminary Material, a Skeleton Program (available in each of the Programming Languages) and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam.

Paper 2
What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 14-21 above.
Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A-level
Questions
Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

Non-exam assessment
What's assessed: the non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 22 above.
Assessed
75 marks
20% of A-level

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
The specification has been designed to prepare students who wish to go on to higher level courses (e.g. a degree in Computer Science or Cybersecurity) or into employment, where the ability to program and enhanced knowledge of computer systems is of value.

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