Oxford Academy


GCSE Applied Business

Unit 1 Controlled Assessment task (coursework 60%) Unit 2 – Financial Records – One hour written exam 60 marks (40% value of overall GCSE).

The Edexcel GCSEs in Applied Business are designed for use in schools and colleges. They are part of a suite of GCSE qualifications offered by Edexcel. About this specification.

  • This specification is based on the Edexcel Applied Business and retains its popular features. It introduces the flexibility of achieving a GCSE. 
  • The GCSE in Applied Business consists of two units. Key subject aims GCSE qualifications in Applied Business are designed to: ■ actively engage students in the study of business and to develop them as effective and independent learners, and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds ■ allow students to develop and apply their business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts ■ enable students to appreciate the range of perspectives of different business stakeholders ■ enable students to consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.
  • The written finance exam enables students to gain an understanding in basic financial documents, key calculations and business terminology. The students will sit the written exam in exam season towards the end of the course in May 2018.

Please find link to exam board website/ specification and past exam papers: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/applied-business-2009.html


BTEC ICT (Information Creative Technology)

BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology, Unit 1 Online test one hours (33.3%) Unit 3 – Developing a Digital Portfolio (33.3%) and Unit 13 Developing a Website (33.3%). The BTEC ICT course is made up of three units all compulsory and make up the different learning objective of this course.

  • Unit 1;The external assessment for this unit is an onscreen, on-demand test. A number of tests are live within the ‘test bank’ at any one time and learners are allocated tests randomly.  This test is a one-hour test and student will sit this test towards the end of the course in June / July 2018.
  • Unit 3; This unit is your chance to show off! A digital portfolio is an exciting onscreen way to showcase your achievements to potential employers or when applying for a course. It is all about: ● the projects you have created and developed ● your use of communication and presentation skills ● your capabilities and potential. Digital portfolios can be viewed by anyone with a computer and an internet browser. You will learn how to create a digital portfolio that includes a series of web pages with links to content that you have created. You will learn how to make use of multimedia assets such as images, sound and video to make your portfolio appealing and engaging. For this unit, your digital portfolio will have a clear purpose and audience to show them who you are and what you are capable of.
  • Unit 13; Have you ever viewed a website and wondered how it was created? Many different elements can be included in the website, such as text, graphics, animation, video and programs (client-side computer scripts). Many websites also contain sophisticated interactive features such as database search facilities, online purchasing and messaging. To be successful, a website must be visually interesting, while remaining easy to use. With the internet being central to how most organisations and individuals communicate and do business, the creation and maintenance of websites is an important job role. There is a strong demand in the job market for web developers with appropriate technical and creative skills. For instance, a web-developer is a technical role involved with designing and developing websites, a content manager is responsible for keeping a website up to date and a search engine optimisation specialist encourages user traffic from internet search engines to specific websites. In this unit, you will investigate the features and uses of websites by exploring what they are and how their integrated components and applications interact with each other. You will also learn how to design, develop and test a website for a brief. Once this is completed you will review your website, having obtained feedback from others.

Please find link to exam board website/ specification and past exam papers: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/information-and-creative-technology-2012-nqf.html