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ICT/ Business Faculty

ICT/Business Faculty Overview

Updated September 2017

ICT/Computing Overview

Digital Literacy is delivered across all year groups at Crawshaw Academy, it is highly important and crucial that all students are provided with the opportunity to become competent in using technology safely. Students are exposed to a wide curriculum which covers varied aspects of ICT and Computing, Media projects and the basics of Microsoft Software Packages compliments the Computing curriculum content.

Business Overview

Business at Key Stage 4 can offer learners modern, work-related experiences which then open the door to higher education and countless career options because it is each designed with a clear purpose to support defined progression routes into higher education or employment, build high level skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills. Focusing upon developing students’ independent research and study skills essential for their next step in their career.

Head of Faculty

Rachel Rogerson

Subject Teachers

Rachel Rogerson – ICT and Computing
Nicholas Stevens – ICT and Computing
Oliver Murtagh – Business
Zack Lewis – Business

Business Qualifications

Business BTEC Level 3

 We offer two courses; option one is the ‘Extended Certificate’, option two is the ‘diploma’. The Extended Certificate is four units (3 mandatory, 1 optional) studied over two years, and is equivalent to 1 A Level, the Diploma is six units (4 mandatory, 2 optional) over two years and is equivalent to 2 A Levels. The course covers a wide range of content including the ever changing current economic climate as well as tackling the traditional areas studied in Business Studies, such as;

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing a Business event (Diploma only)
  • International Business (Diploma only)
  • Principles of Management (Diploma only)

On top of these units students will also have the opportunity to participate in, Work Experience, gaining valuable experience in a real life work place. This opportunity can be assessed as part of the study programme.

Students will also be offered comprehensive support in applying for apprenticeships, university and job applications, which similar to the work experience module can be assessed as part of the study programme, contributing to the students overall grade.

It is also worth noting that this new course is assessed differently to previous BTEC qualifications. It involves both written coursework, controlled assessments and a written exam.

For further information on the course, speak with a member of the Business Department.

GCSE Business Studies

We offer GCSE Business Studies to years 10 and 11. During Year 10 students will study Unit 1: Starting a small business. This unit teaches pupils the rigors of starting a new business including all relevant legal aspects. It also helps the students to understand the vast amount of planning required when starting a business. We also allow the students to develop a marketing campaign that would be relevant to a small business. The pupils would then complete unit 2 of the course entitled: An investigation into small businesses. This would require the students to carry out market research on a small local business of their choice, based around a topic area.

In Year 11 the students will undertake unit 3: Building a business. Where students are taught how to build a successful business, through expansion and growth on a larger scale than the businesses studied in unit 1.

BTEC Business Level 2

Students will undertake 4 units of study. Unit 1 The Business Environment, Unit 2 Finance for Businesses, Unit 4 Customer Service and Unit 8 Employment and Recruitment. Units 1, 4 and 8 are coursework based units based around a assignment. Unit 2 is an exam based unit.

Students are graded Pass (GCSE grade C), Merit (GCSE grade B), Distinction (GCSE grade A) and Distinction * (GCSE grade A*).


ICT/Computing Qualifications

A-Level OCR Cambridge Technical in IT – Introductory Diploma

These qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and Cyber Security. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with industry experts the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

Unit of work:

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT

Unit 2 – Global Information

Unit 6 – Application Design

Plus another 2 Optional Units


GCSE Computing OCR

The course comprises 2 written exams and one controlled assessment task. The exams are equivalent to 80% of the final GCSE grade with the controlled assessment making up the additional 20%.

Component 01 – Computer Systems Component 01 focuses on Computer Systems and is similar in style to the old A451 unit. It is an examined unit and makes up 40% of the assessment total.

Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Component 02 is a new written exam, focused on computational thinking and algorithms. Students will be tested on the elements of computational thinking and logic. They are principally assessed as to their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms.

Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment). This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.

Students will cover GCSE theory and undertake a number of skills based practical tasks in preparation for the assessment.

Course website: OCR COMPUTING


Enrichment Opportunities


Year 7 Code Club runs on Thursdays – interactive sessions to develop confidence in coding and programming

Catch up sessions for computing run each week – usually on Tuesday

Business Enrichment

KS4 student intervention and support sessions are run through the week by invitation. If any student needs any additional support then they should contact a member of the Business department.