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Business & ICT

The Business and ICT Department engenders and fosters students’ love of learning; not only in the learning opportunities experienced on the course, but in the wider world.  Our curriculum is stimulating, intellectually challenging and relevant, equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their academic careers and beyond. Our aim is to develop our students so that they grow as young adults who will enter the world of work with an attitude of care for the individuals they encounter and the world in which we live.

Students of all abilities and backgrounds experience a supportive and caring learning environment in which to grow and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the Business and ICT worlds, with a view to using this subject for the common good, now and in the future.

Our students develop a solid understanding of business law and how business practices must be carried out in a legal and ethical manner, which supports fairness and justice for all.  Fitting with the distinct mission of the Catholic school and the Catholic faith, in which all individuals, created in the image and likeness of God, have a right to human dignity and value, without persecution.

The department seeks to establish a learning environment where all students are safe, confident and ambitious for their success, through the teacher’s positive high expectations, the stretch and challenge provided, and the support given.  Our curriculum embeds cross-curricular links with life skills that are transferable and complement other areas of learning and the individual’s current and future life.

Students are equipped with essential skills in research, analysis and evaluation whilst investigating economic and social factors which impact and shape our lives and our world.  They are supported to be able to construct reasoned arguments and judgements based on real life business scenarios and current world issues.

Through teachers’ knowledge and enthusiasm, students develop their awareness of Business and ICT, not only as subjects they are studying, but as increasingly relevant, essential and ever-changing aspects of their lives. Students enjoy their learning experience and are supported to achieve their full potential, ready for their next steps.

Curriculum Summary -Computer Science & ICT

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Students study ICT and Computer Science throughout Year 7 and 8. ICT equips students with the essential computer skills that they need for everyday life. Computer Science gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It is a subject that will provide excellent preparation for higher study and employment, develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

During Year 7, students have one lesson of ICT per fortnight in which to build on basic ICT skills such as the Office Suite and then progress to learning computer programming using Code Academy and Scratch.

In Year 8, students continue to have one lesson per fortnight, during which time they cover a wide range of topics which include E-safety, computer networks, programming languages (Scratch and Python) and binary. In Year 8, students also get the opportunity to programme their own mini-computer known as a Micro Bit.


Assessment is carried out in the following formats:

· Self-assessment

· Peer assessment

· Teacher assessment

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

Awarding Body and Paper: OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science

Computer Science gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It is a subject that will provide excellent preparation for higher study and employment, develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

Programme of Study

Computer Science will:

• Develop students’ understanding of current and emerging technologies

• Help students acquire and apply their knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programmes to solve problems using programming

• Allow students to use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT.  Further, it will enable them to make informed decisions about the use, and implications of, different technologies

• Help students acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts

• Help students to develop computer programmes to solve problems

• Allow students to evaluate the effectiveness of computer programmes/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will cover a variety of topics such as:

  • CPU
  • Storage systems
  • Binary
  • Hexadecimal
  • Networks
  • Encryption
  • IP and MAC addressing
  • Cyber security
  • Algorithms
  • Programming languages


There are two written papers that will both be sat at the end of Year 11.

The assessment structure is shown below:

Paper 1

(Computer systems)

Paper 2

(Computational thinking, algorithms and programming)

Systems Architecture



Programming techniques


Producing robust programs

Wired and wireless networks

Computational logic

Network topologies, protocols and layers

Translators and facilities of languages

System security

Data representation

System software


Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns


Exam structure

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes worth 80 marks

In addition to the above examination papers, a project will also be completed.

Programming project

Programming techniques




Testing and evaluation and conclusions



20 timetabled hours

Formal requirement

This is a formal requirement of the course and will be completed independently under supervised exam conditions in your timetabled lessons.

What it leads to

Computing will help prepare students for a variety of careers including: IT manager, software developer (programming), system test technician, technical support engineer, forensic technologist, web application designer and developer. 

Curriculum Summary-Business

Key Stage 5

BTEC Business

BTEC Business has been running at BUCHS since 2016 and continues to attract high numbers year-on-year. 

Students have consistently achieved high results and all students go on to either university, apprenticeships or employment.

Awarding Body and Paper: Edexcel National Diploma in Business

Programme of Study/Assessment

  • Equivalent in size to 2 A Levels
  • 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 2 are chosen by the teachers
  • 1 external exam
  • 2 units are controlled assessment
  • Internal assessment (63%)
  • External assessment (47%)

Unit guide





Investigating business

Internal assignment


Developing a marketing campaign

Controlled assessment


Personal and business finance

External exam


Event management

Internal assignment


International business

Internal assignment


Principles of management

Controlled assessment


Investigating customer service

Internal assignment


Training and development

Internal assignment

*Units 1 – 6 are compulsory units at present the two optional units we study are 14 and 21, however these are subject to change.

What it can lead to

BTEC Business can be useful for absolutely every job.

Business Studies is particularly relevant if you want work in:

  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance   
  • Accountancy
  • Project management
  • Events management

University pathway

In 2015, over 25% of the students entering university in England did so with a BTEC qualification.  There are many universities that actively welcome students who have chosen the BTEC pathway.  This is due to their ability to manage both coursework and external exams.

These are just some examples:

  • Kingston University
  • Solent University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Exeter
  • The University of Manchester
  • Any many more

BTEC students coming in with vocational skills can really add something extra to university.  We’ve seen a real rise in the number of students applying with BTEC qualifications and we’re really pleased to see that they are going to be really successful.”

Director of Education Exeter University

What UCAS points can I achieve? 

The points shown below are for the BTEC qualification only. 

Final grade
















Additional Points

A business graduate typically earns £30,000.  This puts them in the top 8 graduate earners.

90% of BTEC students are employed full time after graduating.

Apprenticeship/Employment Pathway

“BTEC students have the skills that today’s employers are looking for”

(BBC ‘Dragons Den’)

There are many employers and professional bodies who actively seek BTEC students for an apprenticeship or employment.  Some will even support you in studying for a degree alongside your work.  Meaning that you can earn a wage and study at the same time.

Some examples are:

  • The Peter Jones Foundation
  • John Lewis
  • Barclays
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Chartered Management Institute