BITE with Digital Media

The Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Enterprise (BITE) with Digital Media

Faculty Details

Head of Faculty: Dr D P Johnson

Assistant Curriculum Leaders: Mr M Findlay, Mr J Grimwood, Mr S Hussain

Class Teachers: Mr M Hirst, Mrs C Williams, Mrs J Robbins, Mr G Fee


We have high expectations with respect to gains in pupil learning. We at Hemsworth believe that the different subjects within the BITE Faculty have benefits for teaching and learning in all subject areas, for all pupils. The different subjects within the Faculty all have a motivating effect on students, stimulating and maintaining their interest and encouraging lifelong learning.

GCSE Business Communication Systems

This GCSE course looks at how modern businesses operate and is a combination of Business and ICT. It looks at business theory and links it with ICT in the real business world, e.g. designing your own business website or designing posters to promote a new business. This course is ideal for someone who is interested in learning about something new and already has good ICT skills. Business is fun, has high pass rates, involves a lot of working on computers and is also really useful when you leave school to get a job, go to college or University.

How the course is assessed:

  • 3 Units

  • 75% exam

  • 25% coursework

Taught by:

  • Dr Johnson

  • Mrs Robbins

  • Mrs Williams

  • Mr Hussain

On this GCSE programme you study 3 units over 2 years:

Unit 8: ICT Systems in Business – This unit introduces candidates to the importance of business and communication systems which contribute to the success of a business, in achieving its objectives. In particular, candidates will consider how ICT systems affect the way people work and how they can potentially improve communication both internally and externally.

Assessed with a written exam – (40%)

Unit 9: Using ICT in Business – This unit introduces candidates to a range of software applications used to support each function of a business. It helps candidates to understand how a business can use software to capture, store, retrieve and analyse data so as to meet its requirements.

Computer exam – (35%)

Unit 10: Investigating ICT in Business – This unit is a controlled assessment and assesses the subject content in Unit 9 Using ICT in Business. The work must be each candidate’s own individual response, produced under controlled conditions.

Coursework – (25%)

Level 2 BITE - BTEC First in Business and BTEC First IT Users

This course is a one year course that is run as a joint course made up of a BTEC First in Business and a BTEC First in ICT.

BTEC Level 2 Certificates prepare students for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to Level 3 courses in a related subject. This course also develops IT skills that are expected by all employers, therefore enhancing an individual’s chances for employability.

BTEC First Certificate in Business

One unit is assessed by an external exam, set and assessed by the exam board. All other work is submitted for marking in a portfolio. Students will be awarded grades of Pass, Merit or Distinction for completed work.

The course is designed as an applied progression pathway on to a higher level.

Potential candidates should view this course as an opportunity to obtain a qualification which could lead to future employment or further education.


 All work is submitted for marking via a portfolio. All criteria must be met to pass a unit and to be awarded unit credits. The units are highly practical and emphasise ‘doing’ rather than ‘writing about’.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop and recognise learners’ IT skills and knowledge and enable them to use IT effectively in their daily lives.

Course Content:

  • Improving Productivity Using IT

  • Using the Internet

  • Using Email

  • Using mobile IT devices

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Using Specialist Software: Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint

  • Business Finance

  • Customer Services

Level 3 BTEC National Business

A BTEC National is a 2-year applied learning course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A Level programmes or another BTEC National.

The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 A-level and carries a maximum of 140 UCAS points.

The Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-levels and carries a maximum of 280 UCAS points.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and carries a Maximum of 420 UCAS points.

Business has a 100% pass rate at Post 16.

The course is made up of a variety of different units, including:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Understanding Retailing                                              
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Business and the Economic Environment

How the course is assessed:

A BTEC National is predominantly coursework  assessed and will include portfolio work, you will complete one external assessment.

Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the exam board. Work is graded and written feedback provided, enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course.

Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Level 2 BTEC First Digital Media and Video Games Design

A BTEC First is a 1 year applied course that can be studied alongside a range of traditional A Level programmes or a BTEC National programme over 1 year. Alternatively it can be studied as a ’stand-alone’ qualification over 2 years. It is equivalent to 1 GCSE and is a 120 hour course.

You will study the four following units:

  • Digital Media Sectors and Audiences
  • Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product
  • Digital Games Production
  • Website Production

On this course you will be exploring the digital media industry and the different sectors under it (digital moving image, digital audio, digital publishing, website production and digital games production), with a specialism towards video game production and design.

You will be planning and presenting ideas for digital media, researching different types of audiences, investigating the technical requirements for website production. You will write a document that explains all aspects of the game and what the player does, finally creating pre-visuals and a portion of a video game following your design.

Computing and ICT

Within Computing and ICT we want students, and everyone involved in their learning, to share a full understanding of the range of ICT applications in the classroom and beyond, both as a tool and as a vehicle for learning. Within a culture of high expectations, those who are more closely involved encourage and enable students to be independent in their use of ICT. We want students, particularly by the end of Key Stage 3, to be able to use the equipment independently and take on more responsibility for their own learning.

We see ICT is an integral part of learning, enriching the experiences of all students by developing their networking skills and extending their creativity. We want ICT to feature prominently in lesson plans and to be fully embedded into the schemes of work of all subjects. We want Video conferencing, e-mail and the World Wide Web to be utilised to extend the learning environment well beyond the confines of the classroom. Students must have an understanding of, and exploit, the global learning opportunities provided by ICT and these can greatly impact upon their lives beyond the Academy.

We recognise that ICT can make a substantial contribution to Academy improvement and the important link between home and Academy. Our Academy is well-equipped with ICT equipment, including multimedia capability.

Key Stage 3 ComputingYears 7, 8 & 9 

Course Outline

Key Stage 4 ICT - Years 10 & 11

Cambridge Nationals

GCSE Computing Science

In ICT we contribute to the delivery of SMSC. For more information on how this is delivered in ICT click here 

Key Stage 5 ICT - Years 12 & 13

Level 3 Cambridge Technicals IT

COMING SOON! Level 3 BTEC First Digital Media and Video Games Design

New for September 2017 we will be offering a BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Digital Media and Video Games Design. This A-level equivalent programme could be studied alongside other Level 3 programmes, such as Business, Media and Photography (or any other A-level subjects).

On this course you will be required to deeply research the digital media and video games industries and the different sectors within including: digital moving image, digital audio, digital publishing, website production and digital games production).

Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy 6th Form will be the only 6th Form in the region offering this exciting qualification. Therefore places will be limited and demand from students will be high, so speak to Dr Johnson or Mr Grimwood if you are interested in reserving a place on this course for September 2017.

Student Support and Rewards

In the BITE Faculty we are always try to offer students the best support, so if you ever fall behind with your work, or if you want to get ahead, you can attend BITE Back! every Tuesday, in P6, after school.

We also try hard to reward students, so if you try as hard as you can and produce work to the very best of your abilities then you might just arrive home one day to find a BITE Positive Postcard on your doormat!

Star of the Term

Each term teachers within the BITE Faculty select students from the different programmes of study who have been 'Stars of the Term'.

I am delighted to announce that the following students were selected as Stars of the Autumn Term (September-December) and have been awarded a £5 gift card.

Computing – Josh Williams (9HEs)

ICT – Reanna Morritt (10CLc)

Business – Jessica Chambers-Burton (11GAz)

Health and Social Care – Shannon Harrison (11GHg)

CPLD – Elliejane Tolson (11GRa)

Digital Media – Daisy Johnson (12MSi)

Psychology – Danielle Rataj (12MSi)

Sociology – Liam Wall (13AFr)

Law – Jay Dixon (13SHe)

Hairdressing – Keira Lindsay (11GAz)

Congratulations to all!