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Business and ICT



The ICT Department at Wanstead High School strives to provide students with the latest technology to ensure that they have the opportunity to gain all the relevant ICT experiences they will need to assist them in their future careers.

The school has recently invested heavily in ICT infrastructure and currently has five ICT suites allowing students to gain practical experience of hardware and software. All students have their own network accounts with filtered Internet access. The school network is equipped with the latest industry standard software which is updated regularly, providing students with experience in using some of the most commonly used applications across the globe



AQA’s specification for GCSE ICT brings the subject content right up to date with resources that have been designed to engage all students.

This specification gives emphasis to the development of transferable skills, such as thinking creatively, logically and critically and, in particular, to problem solving and collaborative working skills. The subject content meets the requirements of the National Criteria for GCSE ICT, and prepares candidates for courses leading to primarily A-level ICT and Computing.

Course structure

Unit 1 Systems and Applications in ICT

(120 marks)

1 hour 30 minutes

40% of the marks

Externally assessed

Unit 2 The Assignment: Applying ICT

(100 marks)

Approximately 25 hours of Controlled Assessment

30% of the marks

Internally assessed, externally moderated

Unit 3 Practical Problem Solving in ICT

(100 marks)

Approximately 25 hours of Controlled Assessment

30% of the marks

Internally assessed, externally moderated



This exciting new specification brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century. It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre. The key points of this specification are that:

It allows greater opportunities for practical work than previous specifications

  • Practical work can be carried out using a wide range of software and hardware of a centre’s choice
  • It allows for greater flexibility in modes of delivery
  • Students can be truly engaged in their studies by becoming active investigators rather than passive learners
  • There are greater opportunities than in previous specifications for effective personalised learning, for target setting and for differentiated outcomes
  • It builds on, rather than replicates, students’ functional ICT skills.

The specification has been developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding how ICT can be used in society and  organisations, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.

Course structure


Unit 1 - INFO1

Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination

80 marks

Unit 2 - INFO2

Living in the Digital World

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination

80 marks

Unit 3 - INFO3

The Use of ICT in the Digital World

30% of A Level

2 hour examination

100 marks

Unit 4 - INFO4

Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

20% of ‘A’ Level

Coursework project report, marked by center and moderated by AQA

Students complete a project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time

70 marks


Business Studies

Business Studies students investigate real businesses and the global and changing world context in which they operate. Students learn the practicalities, such as the numbers behind the business, but also why some succeed when others fail. For example, life has been tough for firms of late, but why have some, such as Apple, thrived during the recent recession? We consider an array of analytical tools that can be used to understand any business providing students with a good understanding of how businesses work and how they fit into the wider world. 

Business Studies KS4

GCSE Business Studies takes a fairly traditional approach and the coursework element has been replaced by a controlled assessment. The focus remains on the real world with students gaining a good understanding of how businesses operate and the problems they encounter.  

GCSE Business Studies is all about making it real!  So that students can get the best possible insight into how businesses are run students are encouraged to get some hands on experience.  This could be gained through setting up a business, a visit to a company, attending presentations or listening to guest speakers.

In addition to acquiring excellent subject knowledge, this course will:

* Provide students with an understanding of the commercial world and how finance is raised and used by the government to pay for the nation's goods and services.

* Encourage students to consider the practical application of business and economic concepts

* Explore the theories and concepts in the context of events in the business and economic world

* Provide opportunities to progress to A-level Business Studies, A-level Economics and A-level Applied Business

The Course Covers:

Unit 1 – Setting up a Business

This Unit is an introduction to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages students to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives. Whilst studying this Unit students will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by setting up and running a Mini-Enterprise!

Unit 2 – Growing as a Business

This Unit builds on the content of Unit 1 allowing students to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises.

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment – Investigating Businesses

This Unit is a controlled assessment unit. The work must be each individual student’s work and individual response. AQA provide centres with pre-released material which students will be required to use to undertake a Business Investigation.

Business Studies KS5

The A Level Business Studies course offered is AQA 2131. There are two units studied at AS Level in Year 12 and two units are assessed in year 13. The focus is initially on small and medium-sized enterprises but progresses to the national and international context. The emphasis throughout is very much on topical business issues.


Beyond A Level for Business Studies Students

Students of Business Studies can go on to a range of related courses at university and college such as Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing or Finance. They may pursue related careers or even feel they have the basis for setting up their own business.


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Enrichment Opportunities

Students may attend ICT club at lunchtimes, supervised by ICT staff, in which they can get support with developing their ICT skills or completing homework tasks. After school enrichment is currently focused on supporting coursework completion in Key Stage 4.