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    • Business Studies

      WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Business Studies

      How will I be assessed?

      Controlled Assessments 
      These have replaced the old coursework unit. The controlled assessment task is worth 25% of the total marks available. Students will have a choice of business investigations to complete. They will be given a period of time to prepare resources. They will then have a three hour supervised session where they write up their findings. 
      An end of course examination of two hours duration will assess candidates. This counts for 75% of their total mark. 

      What skills do I need?
      •    Knowledge of current affairs  •    Ability to analyse and evaluate data

      •    Able to use ICT to a good standard  •    Able to analyse data and calculate percentages  •    An interest in how Businesses work  •    Good research skills  •    Presentation skills

      How will students learn?

      • Group work
      • Independent research for the controlled assessment
      • Teacher input
      • Class discussions
      • Visits from outside speakers and entrepreneurs
      • Homework tasks
      • Past paper style questions
      • Use of ICT

      What happens after this course?

      Business Studies is taught at A Level and many students to go on to study Business at A Level

      Job ideas

      • Marketing
      • Advertising and Public Relations
      • Market Research
      • Brand and Product Management
      • Accountancy and Finance
      • Commercial banking and Investment banking
      • Retail and retail management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Operations management

      Want to find out more?

      For further information see Mrs M Hanlon (Head of Faculty) in B1.

      • ICT

        OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT

        What will I learn?

        ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education, and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.


        This qualification will assess the application of ICT skills through their practical use. It will

        provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in

        other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing

        to their personal development and future economic well­being.

        The Cambridge Nationals in ICT equips learners with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide

        opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and

        analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. They will also challenge

        all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills;

        encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of

        the National Curriculum (including data handling, modelling and programming).

        How will I learn (including homework expectations)?

        The hands on approach that is required for learning will chime appropriately with the way young people use new technology and will underpin a highly valid approach to the assessment of their. The qualification design, including the range of units available, will allow learners the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them as well as providing good opportunity to enhance their learning in a range of curriculum areas.


        Prior learning.

        Learners who are taking courses leading to any of these qualifications should normally have a corresponding Key Stage 3 Programme of Study within the National Curriculum.


        How will I be assessed? (exam %, coursework %, linear/non-linear and what does this mean etc.)

        The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

        Mandatory units

        Unit R001: Understanding computer systems Written examination              (25% weighting)

        Unit R002:  Using ICT to create business solutions                                      (25%)

        Optional units

        Unit R003: Handling data using spreadsheets                                               (25%)

        Unit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components    (25%)


        What happens after this course? (A Level possibilities?);

        GCE ICT (Available at Ysgol Friars.)


        Job ideas (including local opportunities)?


        Further information

        For further information on the Cambridge Nationals in ICT-


        Who should the pupil/parent get in touch with (and where can they find them) to find out more about the course?

        For further information contact T. Parry

        • Media Studies

          WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Media Studies

          What will I learn?

          All GCSE Media Studies specifications are designed to enable candidates to:

          • Develop investigative, critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live
          • Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
          • Develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
          • Understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts 


          The WJEC Media Studies specification is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to explore as well as to create media.  It enables them to explore and create a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, organisations and audiences/users.  These concepts are reflected in the specification’s framework for exploring and creating all media. 

          This framework is based on three interdependent study areas

          • The products of the media – media texts (explored in terms of genre, narrative and representation)
          • The organisations behind those texts (explored in terms of production, distribution and regulatory issues) and
          • The audiences for, and users of, those texts

          How will I be assessed?


          Unit 1

          Unit 2


          Thinking about the Media

          Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing

          GCSE Weighting



          Unit 1 40% Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

          Section A: Thinking about the media – Investigating

          Investigating will assess candidates on their knowledge and understanding of the set topic in relation to the main areas from the specification framework.  Candidates will respond to stimulus material chosen by WJEC.

          Section B: Thinking about the media – Planning

          Planning will assess candidates’ planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks demonstrating an awareness of the convergent nature of contemporary media.

          Unit 2 Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing

          The controlled assessment consists of:

          Three pieces of work from at least two different media:

          • Two textual investigations on two different media areas (one must be print-based) (20%) and
          • One media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation of the production (40%)

          Note: A minimum of three topics must be studied.

          • One textual investigation may be based on the topic specified for Unit 1.
          • The second textual investigation must be based on a different media topic
          • Neither textual investigation may be based on the production topic
          • The production must not be based on the topic specified for Unit 1

          These topics must involve study of a minimum of three different media, including at least one print-based and one audio-visual based form. Examples of different media will thus include:

          • Film
          • Television
          • Animated film
          • Radio
          • Magazines
          • Music videos
          • Websites
          • And computer games

          What Skills do I need?

          There are no specific requirements for prior learning with this specification.  It builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at Key Stages 1-3 in a wide range of subjects.  These subjects will include English, where at Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to analyse and evaluate a wide range of moving image and media material.

          Job Ideas?

          Job opportunities to consider following successful completion of this course are:

          • Media planner
          • Multimedia specialist
          • Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
          • Public relations officer
          • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
          • Television/film/video producer
          • Advertising account executive
          • Broadcast journalist
          • Information officer
          • Magazine journalist
          • Market researcher
          • Writer
          • Health & Social Care

            WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Health and Social Care (Double Award)

            What will I learn?

            This course will help you to learn:

            • How to be an effective independent learner
            • Aspects of health, social care and early years sectors
            • How to investigate and evaluate a range of services and organisations
            • How to develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social care and early years sectors
            • Examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life and appreciate diversity and cultural issues

            How will I learn?

            Use of vocational links, plan and carry out a variety of investigations, evaluate evidenceThis qualification provides an opportunity for candidates to pursue a course of study and develop their knowledge and understanding of health and social care in a vocational context:

            • Problem Solving
            • Decision Making
            • Using a range of resources
            • Cultural Understanding
            • Health & Safety Awareness

            What will I need?

            • Basic proficiency in literacy, numeracy, ICT and motivation to work independently.

            How will I be assessed?

            • Completion of 1 controlled portfolio task set by WJEC internally assessed.   

            Weighting 60%  (Unit 1 )

            • 1 written exam paper 1¼ hrs externally set and marked.                                 

             Weighting 40%  (Unit 2)

            What happens after this course?

            This course will offer a variety of opportunities for progression into Advanced level GCE; training eg Modern Apprenticeships or NVQs; or directly into employment

            Job Ideas

            • Nursing
            • Health Care assistant
            • Nursery nurse
            • Physiotherapy
            • Occupational Therapy
            • Medicine
            • Deaf Interpreter
            • Education Psychologist
            • Health Promotion Officer
            • Life Coach
            • Primary School Teacher
            • Residential Care Assistant
            • Social Worker
            • Speech Therapist
            • Support Worker
            • Youth Worker
            • Work Skills