Economics, Business Studies and ICT Department

The EBIT team consists of the Business, Economics and Information Technology areas of the school curriculum which are delivered by a team of five teaching staff. The EBIT team are committed to raising the standards of teaching in the classroom and examination results.

The team has access to 4 ICT suites and 2 standard classrooms. The team has close links with local businesses to support and enhance the delivery of lessons.

All subjects are taught in mixed ability classes at KS4 and 5, with Computing a core subject in KS3.

Computing is a core subject and students receive 1 hour per week in Years 7, 8 and 9.  Students learn how to program and develop their understanding of how computers work through a series of units that encourage creativity and conceptual thinking.

Computer Science:

Students can opt to study Computer Science in Year 10. The current Year 11 will be the last year to achieve GCSEs graded as A*-G. Year 10 are studying the new GCSE 9-1 qualification. The Computer Science qualification encourages students to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA):

Students can also opt to study the CiDA qualification. There is a growing demand for people with the skills to sustain and develop the UK’s contribution to the creative digital industries. This qualification aims to:

  • equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use
  • enable young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain
  • foster young people’s creativity and develop their independent learning skills
  • challenge young people to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence
  • increase young people’s awareness of their responsibilities in the digital world and their respect of other people’s rights
  • equip young people with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication
  • give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.

Business Studies:

GCSE in Business Studies

Students can opt to study Business Studies in Year 10. The current Year 10 will be the last year to achieve GCSEs graded as A*-G. Any Year 9 students choosing GCSE Business Studies will be studying the new GCSE 9-1 qualification from September. GCSE Business Studies encourages students to:

  • know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
  • apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
  • develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
  • develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
  • investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
  • develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data.

V-Cert in Business and Enterprise

Students can opt to complete a V-Cert in Business and Enterprise in Year 9. Completed in a year the students will achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* The V-Cert in Business and Enterprise encourages students to:

  • develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of business and enterprise
  • develop a significant knowledge core which spans the vocational sector
  • provide academic and study skills that will support progression within business and enterprise and more broadly.

A Level Computer Science

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • an understanding and 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 to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • mathematical skills
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

The key features of the course encourage:

  • emphasis on problem solving using computers
  • emphasis on computer programming and algorithms
  • emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms

BTEC IT

Students can also opt to study for a subsidiary diploma in IT. The qualification aims to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. Units covered on the course include web design, game design, graphics and employability skills. This is a very practical qualification in which students develop their understanding in a range of topics that will support them in further study and employment.

A Level Economics

Students can choose to study A Level Economics, learning how theoretical frameworks can be applied to real world situations. Economics is highly topical with discussions about the most recent economic events often taking place in lesson. A Level Economics enables learners to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, Economics
  • appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist
  • understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

A Level Business Studies

Students can choose to study A Level Business, learning how business theories can be applied to real decisions made by big name brands. We all interact with businesses on a daily basis, students will be able to draw own interactions to develop an understanding of the key concepts of business success. A Level Business enables learners to:

  • develop an enthusiasm for studying business
  • gain an holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

BTEC Business Studies

Students can also opt to study for an extended certificate in Business, this qualification is equivalent to one A Level. The qualification aims to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. Units covered on the course include developing a marketing campaign, personal finance, and exploring business. This is a very practical qualification in which students develop their understanding in a range of topics that will support them in further study and employment.

EBIT Department Courses

KEY STAGE 3KEY STAGE 4KEY STAGE 5
ComputingGCSE Business StudiesA Level Business Studies
GCSE Computer ScienceA Level Computer Science
CIDAA Level Economics
VCert Business and EnterpriseBTEC Business Studies
BTEC ICT

To find out more about courses run in our Economics, Business Studies and ICT Department please contact: hunts@bostonspa.leeds.sch.uk