BITE stands for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise.

The BITE faculty seeks to impart knowledge, understanding and an enjoyment of Business Studies, Computer Science 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 3 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 BITE 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. As Hull embarks upon its journey towards City of Culture 2017, we feel Enterprise will be a focus of the whole city. We as a faculty are very excited about this!

The BITE 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 BITE
  • Mr S Knott – Head of Computer Science
  • Mr North – Teacher of Computer Science

key stage 4

GCSE Business Studies - Option Subject

We follow the Wjec syllabus. 

75% is from a two hour exam at the end of year 11. Looking at; Enterprise, Business ownership, Marketing, Finance, Production, Human Resources and the External Environment.

25% is from a piece of controlled assessment, the topic varies each year but could be about analysing the locations of different real businesses, or evaluating the marketing strategies of different businesses.

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 (worth a total of 80% of the GCSE qualification); with the Non-Examined Assessment making up the further 20% of the total available marks.

BTEC ICT - option subject - current year 11

In KS4 we follow the Edexcel BTEC specification which covers the following:

Unit 1 - The Online World: students learn about the world around us and how it functions

Unit 3 - A Digital Portfolio: students create a product to allow them to showcase their work

Unit 4 - Creating Digital Animation: students create a digital animation for a given purpose

Unit 6 - Creating Digital Graphics: students create two digital graphics for a given purpose

The course is assessed mainly through coursework; students do sit an exam to assess their understanding of the subject content delivered in Unit 1.  Each unit is equally weighted with an overall grade awarded as an ‘average’ across the four units.

key stage 5

Our post 16 courses include:

GCE AQA business studies

Year 12 is following the new AQA syllabus and consists of 6 units in year 1;

  1. What is business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
  4. Decision making to improve operational performance
  5. Decision making to improve financial performance
  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance

Then an additional 4 units in year 13;

  1. Analysing the strategic position of a business
  2. Choosing strategic direction
  3. Strategic methods
  4. Managing strategic change

GCE AQA computer science

Students will follow the AS and A-Level course when studying Computer Science; the AS comprises of two exam papers (equally weighted) testing the students programming ability and their theoretical understanding of computer systems. 

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 courses are distinct (AS grade doesn’t count towards the A-Level grade) meaning that students will achieve two qualifications in Computer Science.

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*