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Business and IT & Computing - Two Diploma Package at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A two Diploma package in Business and IT together with Computing - Equivalent to FOUR A LEVELS

Course content

Business – 8 Units

1.Exploring Business

2.Developing a Marketing Campaign

3.Personal and Business Finance

4.Managing an Event

5.International Business

6.Principles of Management

7.Recruitment and Selection Process

8.Work Experience in Business

Computing - 10 Units

1.Principles of Computer Science

2.Planning and Management of Computer Projects

3.Building Computer Systems

4.IT Systems Security

5.System Analysis and Design

6.Software Development

7.Relational Database Development

8.Website Development

9.Human-Computer Interaction

10.Web Application Development

Entry requirements

Four D grade or above in GCSE mathematics and English


A combination of mandatory and optional modules and 2 examinations.

Future opportunities

Students with a qualification in business and computing have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as business management, marketing, accounting. Studying this course will give students an opportunity to progress into a range of other areas when applying for any university course or apprenticeship so long as they meet the course core requirements.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

The new vocational regulations ensure that the qualification is as rigorous as the A Level programme consequently, it is vital students enjoy working independently on coursework and are organised in their approach to the course. As part of this learning journey students will need to ensure they:

• Research various sources of material.

• Read newspapers to keep up date on business activities.

• Present ideas to peers.

• Explain why businesses choose to make decisions.

• Write essay/coursework which includes analysis and evaluation.

• Organise class notes in order to pass coursework tasks on the first attempt.

• Attend extra after-school sessions for additional support.

• Take part in work experience.

• Carry out formal presentations

How will I be taught?

The Business Studies and Computing Department consists of staff that have managed their own businesses and have many years of experience teaching vocational students, hence offer real life business and computing knowledge and examples to students. In 2014, 100% of our students achieved the equivalent A*-C. Lessons will consist of traditional style theory lessons in addition to computer sessions, student involvement in discussions and presentations on a regular basis. Students will be required to prepare materials as a group and also individually. Student will be expected to use all their notes from classes and presentations from peers to create their coursework independently. (As noted previously students only get one opportunity to submit a piece of coursework).

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Visit to Cadbury’s World

Visit to Drayton manor

Involvement in the Christmas fayre

Running school events

Trip to Clothes Show

Managing Charity events

University of Birmingham master classes

Visiting speakers Seminars/ Webinars

Student Testimonial, why study Business and IT & Computing?

I would recommend studying business studies if you have a passion and a keen interest in how a business operates and investigating the factors that are key to their survival. You will do this through assignments and projects. If you enjoy project based work and you prefer doing coursework rather than exams this is the course for you, although there is an examined unit which is based on Finance. By doing this course you develop skills including how a business is run and the formalities involved. Studying business allows you to go into most types of employment as everything has a link to business and the skills developed here are transferable. In addition, many universities offer business courses and some as joint honours allowing you to take advantage of the best opportunities to secure your future. Avanish Bhopal

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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