An entrepreneur in the making who turns an idea into a new product or service, or the CEO of a major company that is shaping the marketplace – the Business Department is the starting point.
Pupils are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century in a dynamic world of business globalisation, digital technology, ethics and enterprise. Analysis of the Finance, Marketing, Operations and Human Resource functions, leads to skills in communication, problem-solving, time management and decision–making.
Business courses are theoretical in foundation but applied in delivery, meaning that research into real life businesses is fundamental to core knowledge value. Upon completion, the acquisition of business expertise provides a pathway to a wide range of graduate opportunities and successful careers.
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism.
An A Level Computer Science qualification values computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.
Students begin to study in the award-winning Technology Department from the age of nine, where they complete a range of Design projects which develop their manipulative skills in the College workshop.
The Upper Third and Lower Fourth pupils develop design skills and learn to use a variety of tools, equipment and materials in mechanical toy production, silversmithing, CAD/CAM sublimation printing, and acrylic photo frame production.
In the Upper Fourth, students can opt for the three year AQA GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials course, where they complete individual projects ranging from electric guitars to multi-functional knock-down furniture. This GCSE course leads onto the A Level AQA Product Design course which encourages the students to produce commercial products, based on real life briefs with outside companies.
Previous clients have included the Manchester Giants Basketball Team, Manchester City Football Club and Wythenshawe Hospital.
Financial crises. Unemployment. Immigration. Global competition. Why are some governments captured by elites and more prone to corruption than others? Why, as economies grow richer, are people often not any happier? The Economics Department leads the way in the latest hot topic debates. Increasingly critical economic issues are dominating the news and shaping the world we live in. Studying how consumers, firms and government make decisions that determine how resources are allocated and lead to policy formation, better equips students to understand the role they play and the impact they can have on their economic climate. Developing skills relating to sustaining complex arguments, analysis of practical issues and data and effective communication, the Economics Department produces the future financial and managerial leaders.
Mathematics is at the heart of the curriculum at St. Bede’s and is taught as a core subject to all pupils from the Upper Third to the Upper Fifth. All our Upper Fifth pupils take the Mathematics iGCSE examination and some will also take the GCSE Statistics examination. In the Sixth Form we have students sitting AS and A Level modules in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, whilst we prepare our highest achievers for Oxbridge entry. We are proud of our examination success at all levels.
We regularly enjoy success in the Individual UK Mathematics Challenge and we participate in the team challenges too. We offer as much support to our pupils as we possibly can and this includes holding various lunchtime drop-in sessions, where children of all ages can attend to receive extra help and advice with their Mathematics work.