Course Content and Assessment Pattern

The course runs over two years and is equivalent to three A levels.  Students will have to complete 13 units of varying sizes and will be assessed in a variety of methods and will provided approximately 1080 guided learning hours (GHL) as well as a significant amount of independent study.

Mandatory Units

Unit Title Unit Size (GLH) Assessment
Exploring Business 90 Internal
Developing a Marketing Campaign 90 External – 3 hour supervised assessment. 70 marks
Personal and Business Finance 120 External – 2 hour examination. 100 marks
Managing an Event 90 Internal
International Business 90 Internal
Principle of Management 120 External – 3 hour supervised assessment. 88 marks
Business Decision Making 120 External – 3 hour supervised assessment. 70 marks

 

Additional units

Unit Title Unit Size (GLH) Assessment
Recruitment and Selection Process 60 Internal
Recording Financial Transactions 60 Internal
Final Accounts for PLC’s 60 Internal
Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility 60 Internal
Training and Development 60 Internal
Branding 60 Internal

The Extended Diploma is a two year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprenticeships in the business sector.

Lesson Structure

Students will be expected to demonstrate a clear commitment to studying business and the ability to work independently in a dedicated manner, on their application form. Once on the course they will be required (in addition to any tasks set in lessons) to undertake a significant amount of independent research to support their studies.  This may be internet secondary research or involve visiting businesses and talking to customers and employees as part of primary research.

Extra Information

The teachers in the Business and Economics Department will guide and support you throughout the process in order to ensure you reach your highest potential.  We will help you access the Schools resources as well as having extensive use of computer facilities, library and study areas to support your assignments and research.

For further information do not hesitate to contact Mrs Shakesheave, Curriculum leader in Business and Economics.

Course Content

The two year course provides learners with the opportunity (through applied learning) to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the digital media sector. Areas studied include TV & film, web, radio, computer games, newspapers and magazines.  The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels, such as English, Art & Design and Performing Arts. Learners will take between five and seven units, three mandatory and between two and four optional units.  Learners will study the following mandatory units:

  • Media products and audiences
  • Pre-production and planning
  • Create a media product

These units will give learners an understanding of how different media institutions operate to create products that appeal to specific target audiences.  They’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the pre-production, planning and production processes and go on to create their own media product(s).  Through this learners will also develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.

The optional units provide learners with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, understanding and skills in areas like scriptwriting and advertising.  The optional units are:

  • Advertising media
  • Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product
  • Scripting for media products
  • The creation and use of sound in media

Lesson Structure

Lesson time will be split between developing knowledge and understanding of the mandatory units and creating media products in a vocational setting.  You will work with subject specialists and have opportunities to develop links with industry and work with creative practitioners. Work related learning and relevant visits / trips will also inform your work.

Assessment Pattern

The course is a combination of externally and internally assessed projects, the former by exams and the latter by the production of coursework. Each unit specifies a number of skills which students must develop, and which can be demonstrated at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. Learning is driven by assignments which allow these skills to be demonstrated. The exams comprise short answer questions and some that require a little more of an extended response.  The coursework is assessed internally and a sample is externally moderated.

Extra Information

The Extended Certificate can be studied alongside other A Levels including English and the creative Arts subjects. You will have access to resources and equipment that will enable you to explore new and exciting ways of working and which will enable you to move towards level 4 courses or employment / apprenticeships.

Course Content

Students study the relationship between hardware and software and managing and communicating information and data across three mandatory units:

  • Information Technology Systems (the theory of how and why we use IT in our personal and working lives)
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information (the use of MS Access to create relational databases)
  • Using Social Media in Business (how social media can be used by businesses)

Students select an additional unit of study on either data modelling (using MS Excel to build a solution to a problem) or website development to complete the qualification.

Lesson Structure

Lessons could involve learning and practising new practical skills, assessing how your knowledge can be applied to a scenario, writing a report, discussing real-world examples of how IT is used, researching how IT has been used to solve a particular problem or practising skills needed for the exam.

Assessment Pattern

Year 12:

Creating Systems to Manage Information: 10 hour practical exam over 5 days, usually in May.

Using Social Media in Business: Assignment 1 – autumn term, Assignment 2 – spring term.

Year 13:

Information Technology Systems: 2 hour written exam in January.

Data Modelling or Website Development: both assignments spring term.

Extra Information

Students wishing to take this qualification should have successfully completed a GCSE level course in ICT or Computer Science.

When studied with other level 3 qualifications in complementary or contrasting subjects, such as Mathematics, Physics, Science, Arts, Business or Technology, the qualification provides an opportunity for students to progress into higher education on a diverse range of degree courses or vocational apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry level roles such as a social media specialist, content developer, web developer or business analyst.

For more information:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/information-technology-2016.html

Or talk to Miss Scott (jscott@sandbachschool.org) and in Room 1

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology is equivalent in size to 3 A levels. Students study the relationship between hardware and software, managing and communicating information and data, and the principles of designing and developing digital technologies and processes to support organisations across seven mandatory units:

Assessment varies by unit with a mix of internal assessment by assignment and external assessment by examination. In addition, students will study six units tailored to their interests, and likely to include the following:

Lesson Structure

Lessons could involve learning and practising new practical skills, assessing how your knowledge can be applied to a scenario, writing a report, discussing real-world examples of how IT is used, researching how IT has been used to solve a particular problem or practising skills needed for the exam.

Assessment Pattern

Year 12: 2 units requiring external exams and 5 units requiring internal assessment.

Year 13: 2 units requiring external exams and 4 units requiring internal assessment.

Extra Information

Students wishing to take this qualification should have successfully completed a GCSE level course in ICT or Computer Science.

As this qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels, it fully meets the requirements for

progression to a wide range of degree programmes in IT and related areas. These include:

  • BSc in Business Information and Technology
  • BSc in Digital Technology Solutions
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Creative Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Management for Business
  • BSc in Computing Forensics
  • BSc in Computer Networks and Security.

For students wanting to follow the apprenticeship route, this course provides a practical and relevant preparation for a wide range of apprenticeships in IT, Computing and Business.

For more information:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Information-Technology/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446939512-BTEC-nat-L3-extdip-IT-spec-prepub.pdf

Or talk to Miss Scott (jscott@sandbachschool.org) and in Room 1.

Course Content

During this course learners will need to demonstrate

Sound recording skills

Mixing and mastering skills

Sequencing and production skills

Radio programming skills

Video production skills

Live sound skills

Understanding of contextual issues relating to music technology

Compulsory Units 

Planning for a Career in Music                 30 credits (Externally Assessed)

Live Sound Recording                                15 credits

Optional Units

Music Sequencing and Production         15 credits

Music Promotion                                          15 credits

Music Event Management                                     15 credits

Radio/Podcast Production                                     10 credits

To gain a qualification, candidates must earn 90 credits. Both Compulsory Units (one of which will be externally assessed) must be passed. All other units will be internally assessed based on a portfolio of evidence collated during practical tasks. At present the course must be taken for two years, since no qualification can be awarded for part completion. There are four bands of assessment (pass, merit, distinction and distinction*). The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to more than one A level as outlined in the table below…

UCAS Points RSL Grade A Level Equivalent
84  D*
72 D
56  A*
48 M A
24 P D

Lesson Structure

Lessons are delivered through whole class sessions for practical music production and for the start of new assessment briefs. Students also work independently and are expected to take responsibility for their learning and monitor their progress throughout assessment tasks.

Assessment Pattern

The course is completed almost entirely through the production of coursework. Each unit specifies a number of skills which students must develop, and which can be demonstrated at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. All learning is driven by assignments, which allow these skills to be demonstrated. Where a skill is not initially evident at a minimum pass level, further assignments can be undertaken.

Extra Information

The music industry is a very wide field, encompassing an enormous number of different career paths, most of which are not that of the performing musician. Roles such as Producer, Studio Engineer, Studio Assistant, Arranger, Media Composer, etc., all directly require the skills developed in Music Technology. It is not essential to have studied Music Technology course previously in order to opt for this course, nor must you be a performing musician. The main requirements are a strong interest in music and an ability to be creative.

Course Content

The course runs over 2 years and is the equivalent to 3 A-Levels. To pass the course students must complete 14 units, 10 of which are mandatory and 4 are externally assessed through 4 exams. While completing the course students will have the opportunity to develop their level of fitness, attend an extended extra-curricular programme in the 3 main winter sports of Hockey, Football and Rugby and gain valuable work experience in a relevant work based setting.

Mandatory Units

Unit Title Unit Size How is the Unit Assessed
Anatomy and Physiology 120 Exam
Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well Being 120 Exam
Professional Development in the Sports Industry 60 Course Work
Sports Leadership 60 Course Work
Practical Sports Performance 60 Course Work
Coaching for Performance 60 Course Work
Research Methods in Sport 60 Course Work
Development and Provision of Sports and Physical Activity 120 Exam
Investing Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry 90 Exam
Skill Acquisition in Sport 60 Course Work

Optional Units

Unit Title Unit Size How the Unit is Assessed
Principles and Practices for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 60 Course Work
Sports Performance Analysis 60 Course Work
Work Experience in Active Leisure 60 Course Work
Sports Injury Management 60 Course Work

BTEC National in Sport is a vocational type of course. It is linked to a number of different areas including sports coaching, personal training, sports business and sport development. The course will provide opportunities to learn various industry specific skills that will allow you to move towards further study at university level or into the sports industry. The course is nationally recognised and attracts points on the NQF framework in the same way as A-level qualifications.

Expectations

All students will be expected to show a clear commitment to the extra-curricular sports programme at the school either in a playing, officiating or coaching role. There would also be requirements to assist in Key Stage 3 PE lessons and at various after school primary school events throughout the two year course.

BTEC Nationals Sport and Exercise Science is a vocational type of course. It is linked to the specific area of Sport and Exercise Science industry. The course will provide opportunities to learn various industry specific skills that will allow you to move towards further study at university level or into the Sport and Exercise Science industry. The course is nationally recognised and attracts points on the NQF Framework in the same way as A level qualifications.

Course Content

The course runs over 2 years and is the equivalent of 3 A levels. To pass the course students must complete 13 units, 7 of which are mandatory and 4 are externally assessed. This also includes an external written exam paper.

Mandatory Units

Unit Title Unit Size How is the unit Assessed?
Sport and Exercise Physiology 120 Externally
Functional Anatomy 90 Externally
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 120 Externally
Field and Laboratory Based Fitness Testing 90 Internally
Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science 90 Internally
Coaching for Performance and Fitness 90 Internally
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance 120 Externally

Optional Units

Unit Title Unit Size How is the unit Assessed?
Sports massage 60 Internally
Specialised Fitness Training 60 Internally
Technology in Sport and Exercise Science 60 Internally
Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise 60 Internally
Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise Science 60 Internally
Sports Injury and Assessment 60 Internally

Extra Information

All students will be expected to show a clear commitment to the extra-curricular sports programme at the school either in a playing, officiating or coaching role. There would also be requirements to assist in Key Stage 3 PE lessons and various after school primary school events throughout the two year course.