CSBEE stands for Computer Science, Business, Economics and Enterprise.

The CSBEE faculty seeks to impart knowledge, understanding and an enjoyment of Computer Science, Business, Economics and Enterprise. Well qualified and enthusiastic teachers use a wide and up-to-date range of software and hardware hoping to inspire the students to opt for Computer Science and Business at the end of Year 8.

Business Studies is taught as an Option subject starting in Year 9, where we seek to make learning relevant and fun. During the 2 years of study, students are given the opportunity to participate in many externally organised competitions and events, successfully linking the subject of Business with Enterprise. Once again, at age 16, all students can opt to study Business at a higher level by following our GCE Courses.

Enterprise is not just the domain of the CSBEE faculty and many elements reflecting enterprise skills are developed in other subject areas. We focus on teaching about enterprise and how to be enterprising in the business world. Our commitment to developing Enterprise at SMC has resulted in us being awarded with the Hull Council Most Enterprising School Award for 2017 and 2018.  

The CSBEE Faculty are heavily involved in schooling the next generation of teachers of Computer Science through Schools Direct. To keep up to date with the faculty follow us on Twitter @BITE_SMC

Faculty Staff

·         Mrs V MacKinnon- Head of Department and Business Teacher

·         Mrs K Lilley - Teacher of CSBEE

·         Mr S Knott – Head of Computer Science

Key Stage 4

Technical Award in Enterprise – Option Subject

In this qualification students will study three components; Exploring Enterprises, Planning for and Running an Enterprise and Promotion and Finance for Enterprise.

The students will study the theory behind these areas alongside researching and investigating real businesses. They will then produce coursework on their findings which will be assessed and contribute towards their final grade.

They will also sit an external examination on Promotion and Finance, the combination of all the results (from coursework and examination) will be what determines their final grade. 

GCSE computer science - Option Subject

In KS4 we follow the AQA Computer Science GCSE specification which includes the following topics:

·         Problem Solving

·         Hardware and Software

·         Computer Architecture

The course is assessed through examination and Non-Examined Assessment (a programming project carried out during lesson time).  Students will sit two examinations (each worth a total of 50% of the GCSE qualification); with the Non-Examined Assessment preparing the students for the examinations at the end of the course.  Students will have to opportunity to develop their creative, logical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills throughout the entirety of the course.

Computer Science lessons provide an environment where students can challenge themselves and develop skills that will help them to excel in other areas of study.  Students who enjoy Maths and Physics tend to excel and enjoy Computer Science as these subjects cross over considerably.

Key Stage 5

Our post 16 courses include:

GCE Business Studies Eduqas

Three Units are studied over the two year course;

Component 1 – Business opportunities and Functions

Component 2 – Business Analysis and Strategy

Component 3 – Changing World

Students will sit 3 examination at the end of the two year course that will assess their knowledge, application, analytical and evaluative business. 

GCE AQA Computer Science

The A-Level course comprises an examination and an extended project; students will sit two examinations (worth 80% of the overall grade) and will also complete a project that makes up the remaining 20% of the overall grade.  The two year course prepares students for the rigours and demands of university education by developing their independence and resilience in an environment where mistakes are a vital part of their education.

Students will spend the two years studying the topics outlined below:

·         Programming and Data Structures

·         Problem Solving

·         Data Representation

·         Computer Systems

·         Big Data

·         Abstract Data Types

BTEC Business (Extended Certificate)

If you are more of a vocational student and enjoy completing coursework and continual assessment, then we offer the new BTEC in Business. It is made up of 4 units;

Year 1

There are two units that are assessed by coursework assignments;

·Exploring Business - internally assessed

·Investigating Customer Service - internally assessed

Year 2

·Developing a Marketing Campaign—External assessment

·Personal and Business Finance—Exam

All assessments are graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction. These results will them be accumulated and an overall grade allocated. The overall grades could be Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

ECONOMICS

Every day, throughout the world, people make choices. Economics is essentially a subject that looks at these choices- how individuals, governments and businesses make them and what the consequences of these decisions are.

Should the Government increase taxes and build more schools? More hospitals? Improve transport? Should you spend all of your money or save some? What are the consequences of spending it all? Saving it all? Can Economics explain why Messi deserves his pay? What will be the consequences of Brexit?

Economics is a subject that allows you to develop an understanding of the real world in which you live. Economics will allow you to analyse logically the decisions which can be made by Governments to control the conditions in which we live.

What will the Siemens wind turbine investment do for the Humber region? What will happen when oil runs out? The UK has coal reserves, why don't we still mine coal?

There has never been a more exciting time to study Economics!

The subject is taught at A Level and includes units on Markets and Market Failure, The Performance of the UK economy, Business Economics and the Distribution of Income and Wealth.

Students who study Economics acquire skills in problem solving, communication, logic, application of number, data analysis, research and evaluation.

Many members of the Government hold degrees in Economics. Economics students go on to have careers in the Public and Private Sector, Banking, Accountancy, Financial Management and of course, teaching.

The economics department is part of the BITE Faculty. There are a huge range of economic resources online and excellent daily news coverage.

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/economy/

·         http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/economics/

Lessons are interactive, students are expected to contribute to discussion and become involved in debate. Economists never agree with each other!

The course is run over two years with external examination being taken at the end of the second year. You will be taught about a number of key concepts that underpin the study of economics.  You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. You will also build upon your quantitative skills and appreciate that, when evaluating arguments, both qualitative and quantitative evidence are important.

Assessment Objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A-level Economics specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

·         AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of terms/concepts and theories/models to show an understanding of the behaviour of economic agents and how they are affected by and respond to economic issues.

·         AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding to various economic contexts to show how economic agents are affected by and respond to economic issues.

·         AO3: Analyse issues within economics, showing an understanding of their impact on economic agents.

·         AO4: Evaluate economic arguments and use qualitative and quantitative evidence to support informed judgements relating to economic issues.

Quantitative Skills in Economics

In order to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in economics, students need to have acquired competence in the quantitative skills that are relevant to the subject content and which are applied in the context of an economics A-level, including:

·         calculate, use and understand ratios and fractions

·         calculate, use and understand percentages and percentage changes

·         understand and use the terms mean, median and relevant quantiles

·         construct and interpret a range of standard graphical forms

·         calculate and interpret index numbers

·         calculate cost, revenue and profit (marginal, average, totals)

·         make calculations to convert from money to real terms

·         make calculations of elasticity and interpret the result

·         interpret, apply and analyse information in written, graphical and numerical forms.

The assessment of quantitative skills will include at least Level 2 mathematical skills as a minimum of 20% of the overall A-level marks. These skills may be assessed across the assessment objectives.