GCSE EXAM BOARD:  PEARSON BTEC Level 2 Award in Enterprise
Mr Steed

The Pearson BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise is a vocational qualification that looks to develop the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, setting up, running and reviewing an enterprise.

The qualification enables students to develop their technical skills such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios, and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills based approach to learning and assessment.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, setup, run, review and monitor an enterprise which includes:

• Development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in planning and carrying out an enterprise activity including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving.
• Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise.
• Attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including communicating and interacting with customers, monitoring and reflecting on performance of enterprise and own use of skills.

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification. Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise
1 Exploring Enterprises (Internally assessed)
2 Planning for and Running an Enterprise (Internally assessed)
3 Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Externally assessed)

Higher Education Courses/Careers
After completing a BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise students will be able to progress to A Level Business Studies as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects or look to study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the Business sector.
Careers related to Business Studies:
Business Studies gives career opportunities along a wide range of career paths including accountancy, advertising, banking, investment and financial services, general management, HR/personnel, management consultancy, public relations and retail management.


GCSE EXAM BOARD:  OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate
Mrs Walters (Head of Department)

Unit 1
The first unit underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other Child Development qualifications.
Unit 2
Students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. Evaluation skills are transferable skills which would be of use in further studies in most areas.
Unit 3
Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. These transferable skills will support further studies in many other subjects.

This qualification is 120 Guided Learning Hours, and is equivalent to a GCSE in both size and in rigour.
It consists of three units: one examined and two internally assessed and externally moderated, comprising 50% for the exam and 25% for the other two units.
Like all Cambridge Nationals, there are two exam sessions a year, with opportunities for resits and the best mark counts.

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:     GCE Health and social care.
CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
BTEC Nationals: Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Careers where this course may be useful are youth and community work, the charity sector, social work and teaching.


Ms Kinsley

Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.

The GCSE specifications in design and technology should enable students to understand and apply design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. They should enable students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. GCSE specifications should also provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.

The knowledge, understanding and skills that all students must develop have been separated into:

• Technical principles
• Designing and making principles

Specifications must require students to produce at least one final made prototype based on a design brief they develop in response to a contextual challenge set by Awarding Organisations. When completing their project students will apply designing and making principles and their knowledge and understanding of technical principles.

Unit 1 External Examination
The exam is in two sections and will test knowledge of materials and processes
June of Year 11 – 50% of final mark
Unit 2 Internal ‘controlled assessment’
Designing and making practice
From the end of Year 10 – 50% of final

Higher Education Courses/Careers
A-Level in various design subjects
BTec Diploma in Engineering, Product Design or Construction .
Design & Technology can be studied at University in many forms.
Careers where this course may be useful are wide and cover all areas of design, engineering and construction.


Mrs Mawn

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery is the vocational equivalent of a GCSE and counts in Group 3 of the current Progress 8 performance measures. Learners will develop an applied knowledge of food and cookery in the context of cooking for health.

The qualification will provide learners with a broad understanding of working in the sector.

This qualification consists of four mandatory units:

• Unit 1: Preparing to cook – Internally assessed portfolio of evidence – GLH 30
• Unit 2: Understanding food – Internally assessed portfolio of evidence – GLH 30
• Unit 3: Exploring balanced diets – Externally set and marked assessment paper – GLH 30
• Unit 4: Plan & produce dishes in response to a brief – Internally assessed portfolio of evidence – GLH 30

• The qualification is made up of 4 equally weighted units, (3 of which are internally assessed) and 1 externally assessed unit which is a 2 hour written paper.
• The qualification counts in Group 3 of the current Key Stage 4 performance measures and it is graded, so learners can gain a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.