A Level Business Pathway

On Year 12 and 13 Business pathway supports students wanting to learn more about how business of all sizes operate and looks in depth at business ownership, organisation and market research. Completion of the year 10 pathways is complimentary to this pathway but not essential.

Within the pathway, student elect to take 3 of the 5 courses on offer, from BTEC Level 3 in Business Studies, BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production, BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology, A Level English or A Level Geography.

The BTEC Level 3 in Business Studies will support students to advance their depth of understanding of the organisation of a business, the economic environment and threats business face; sources of finance and how to manage resources, as well as interpreting financial statements and business management information and market research and understanding the customer.

Students have to study four mandatory units and can then elect optional units including accounting, employment law, how to start a small business and logistics, including transport planning.

The course is complemented by both BTEC Level 3 Information Technology, in which students study IT systems and create a database for management information, as well as website design and data modelling and also BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production, where students develop communication skills, look at pre-production planning, editing, animation, programming and script writing.

Students electing for this pathway should have a good mathematical understanding and a good level of written English, as the course is assignment based and requires essay writing as well as financial calculations. The BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media, is particular useful for student electing to also study A Level English.

Successful completion of this pathway will allow students to follow a career path into accounting, finance, law, media and management. The courses should allow students to apply for either Higher Apprenticeship in the above areas or directly to university to continue onto courses in any of the previously mentioned fields. This pathway can also allow students to continue the option of eventually studying an MBA, Master of Business Administration or professional qualifications in Accountancy.

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Course Content: 

Learners will study three mandatory units: 


Unit2: Creating Systems to Manage Information

Unit3: Using Social Media in Business.

This qualification includes a choice of optional units, including:

Unit A: Data Modelling

Unit B: Website Development

Course Aims 

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

What could this qualification lead to? 

When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, including BTEC Higher Nationals or A Levels in complementary or contrasting subjects, such as mathematics, physics, science, arts or technology, the qualification gives learners the opportunity to progress to a degree in an information technology discipline or a degree where information technology related skills and knowledge may be advantageous.

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

Assessment Methods 

Assessment will be through a combination of internally assignments, externally assessed controlled assessments and externally assessed examination.

Entry requirement: 6 in GCSE English


The A-level in English Language challenges students to study a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts viewed as part of a continuum of ways of constructing meanings through language.

As observers, readers and writers, students will be inspired by learning about spoken and written language from real and imagined worlds and they will engage with the craft of writing to create their own texts.

What will I study? 

Unit 1 – Language Variation: Students will explore how; language varies depending on mode, field, function and audience, language choices can create personal identities and language variation in English from c1550 (the beginnings of Early Modern English) to the present day.

Unit 2 – Child Language: Students will explore; spoken language acquisition and how children learn to write between the ages of 0 and 8, the relationship between spoken language acquisition and literacy skills that children are taught, including the beginnings of reading and appropriate theories of children’s language development.

Unit 3 – Investigating Language: students select a research focus from five topic areas; develop their research and investigation skills, undertake a focused investigation, apply their knowledge of language levels and key language concepts developed through the whole course and develop their personal language specialism.

Unit 4 – Crafting Language: research a selected genre, demonstrate their skills as writers within their selected genre, crafting texts for different audiences and/or purposes and reflect on their research and writing in an accompanying commentary.


The A Level consists of three external examined units and coursework:

Unit 1 – Language Variation, 2 hours 15 minutes (35% of total qualification).

Unit 2 – Child Language, 2 hours 15 minutes (35% of total qualification).

Unit 3 – Investigating Language, 2 hours 15 minutes (25% of total qualification).

Unit 4 – Crafting Language (coursework), internally assessed (20% of total qualification).

Future Pathways 

This qualification supports progression into higher education, apprenticeship or employment, such as BSc Honours Degrees in English, English language, linguistics, creative writing or in related subjects such as English literature, law, journalism, media, speech and language therapy, teaching, drama, history.

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The Geography department deliver lessons to all key stages that investigate the rapidly changing world in which we live. We examine the core principles of Geography through investigating numerous different places around the world. We aim to show students that every action has a consequence, not only locally but globally too.

Geography is important, because it opens our eyes; a landscape is no longer a static feature, but a complex battleground of physical and human interactions. Local is no longer local, but a collision point for the interaction of many ‘locals’ drawn from a global stage. With technology increasingly drawing the world closer together, Geography has an increasingly important role in helping the public understand the complex and unpredictable world we live in.