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Digital, Business & Economics

Our Curriculum Intent

 Our Faculty offers exciting, relevant, and arguably vital pathways for students living in the digital age. We want every student who studies with us to be prepared to confidently play their part in it. The world is always changing and never stagnant. It has been proven time and again that the only constant in the world of business is change. As the way of the world changes, and the assertions and expectations of consumers and the market shift along with it, business methods, models, and strategies evolve. This is the nature of business. Now, in the digital age, it has become exceedingly apparent that the key to success in this era is all about communication. Being honest and open, and understanding when the perfect time for communication presents itself, is paramount to successful business these days. And that is just the beginning.

Successful business in the digital age is all about managing expectations and utilising strong connections through digital portals. Businesses use social media to market to their consumers, as well as to communicate with them. Practically every business has a website, which often features a live chat service. At every point of a business transaction today, there is communication and active connection that creates a sense of trust at every point of the journey. This has made consumers feel more secure than ever and has in turn inspired their loyalty to the businesses that seamlessly embody these ideals. Digitalisation and technological input are the aim of the game in modern business connection and knowing how to harness the portals that house these innovators is paramount to one’s professional success. This is the way of the digital age, and it is proving itself to be undeniably and overwhelmingly powerful.

In Key Stage 3, our Computing programme rightly focuses on the requirements of the National Curriculum, but also includes aspects of digital enterprise to prepare students who choose to study Computer Science, Business Studies or Enterprise in key Stage 4 with us. In turn they prepare students, who choose ot do so, to transition to GCE Business in Key Stage 5, or for those wishing to improve their GCSE English or GCSE Mathematics grades, a Technical Diploma in Digital Production.


Why is Computing / Computer Science important?

Our Computing / Computer Science programme of study is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Computing / Computer Science encourages students to understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Students also analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience including designing, writing and debugging programs, thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. They learn about the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems, and the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.


Why is Business Enterprise important?

Our Business Enterprise pathways are engaging and inspiring and reflect the demands of a truly modern and evolving business environment.

All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Business Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future. Business Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.

By studying one of our Business Enterprise pathways, students develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Our Learning Journey

 Please click here to view the Digital, Business & Economics Road Map

National Curriculum Content: Click Here

Why study Digital, Business & Economics at GCSE and beyond?

 Please click here to view the Business Studies options information

Please click here to view the Computing & Business Road Map

Qualifications and exam board information


Qualification Subject Exam Board Website

A Level

Year 12/13

Business Studies (7132) AQA


A Level

Year 12/13

AS Economics (7135) AQA


A Level

Year 12/13

Economics (7136) AQA




Year 10/11

Business Studies (9BS0) Edexcel


A Level

Year 12/13

Business Studies (9BS0) Edexcel


BTEC Level1/Level 2 Tech Award

Year 10/11

Creative Media Production (CWVPS) Edexcel


BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award

Enterprise (BHJDi) Edexcel

BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma

Year 12

Digital Media Production (BTLD4) Edexcel



Year 10/11

Computer Science (J276) Edexcel



Who to contact?

Head of Faculty: Mr Johnson


Head of Business Studies & Economics: Mr Blackiston