Subject Area Leader:

Miss K Edge


Business Studies – Miss K Edge, Mr G H Davies, Mrs J Penikett

ICT – Miss A Hardy, Mr A Hobbs

Technology (D&T) – Mrs D Gill, Mr M Purcell

Home Economics: Ms J Berry, Mrs D Gill, Miss R James

Introduction to Business Studies, ICT & Technology

Cantonian Enterprise studentsEnterprise consists of Business Studies, ICT and Technology (D&T). The increasing relevance of these subject areas in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of these subjects an essential skill for life. Students are not only encouraged to master the theoretical and technical skills and techniques, but also to understand and apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and future employment.


Enterprise offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities and support for all students. These range from lunch and after school support/workshops to educational visits or taking part in competitions e.g. the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge and Stock Market Challenge. The support from staff for students is second to none.

Overview of KS3

Students study a variety of different topics within ICT and Technology (D&T) and also develop their skills with primary focus being on literacy and numeracy. Students build upon their prior knowledge and attainment over Years 7-9. Regular assessments take place within these subjects to make sure that students progress well at KS3, and this is confirmed through the high numbers of students attaining Level 5+. In ICT, students in Year 9 complete the Essential Skills Wales (WJEC) Key Skill in ICT work which contributes to their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification in Year 10.

Overview of KS4

Students who opt for Business Studies, ICT or Technology (D&T) find these subjects very enjoyable and perform well within them. There are very high expectations for all students and their progress and attainment is monitored throughout the two years of the course. Enterprise endeavours to provide a stimulating and engaging learning experience for all students and across the ability range. Courses are delivered in a way that allows each and every student to maximise their potential. This can be seen in the provision of both GCSE and BTEC courses and also through the commitment from staff that run after school/lunch time workshops and support sessions. Every attempt is made to ensure students attain their full potential in the specific subject.  

Overview of KS5

There is a high proportion of students who continue to study Business Studies, ICT and Technology if they have studied it previously at KS4, which shows how enjoyable and successful these courses are. There are also students who may not have opted for these subjects at KS4 who join us in KS5. Students opting to study within the Enterprise area at KS5 will study these subjects in depth and are actively encouraged to perform well through a wide variety of teaching and learning styles. This includes use of discussion/debate and use of exemplar materials and exam papers which can make a fantastic difference to a student’s individual achievement. Additional support and revision sessions are ongoing and there are outstanding levels of support for all students at all stages of the course being studied. The vast majority of students who study one or more of these subjects at KS5 go on to University upon completion of their course(s).

Introduction to Home Economics

The Home Economics area aims to inspire pupils by combining a wide range of design tasks with practical activities. It is an exciting and thriving area that allows pupils to be innovative and creative while at the same time gaining knowledge and understanding of Food, Textiles, Child Development and Health & Social Care. Pupils are encouraged to develop skills that meet the challenges of living in a diverse and global society. The academic, practical and technical skills they learn provide a pathway for future success.Extra-curricular

Cookery clubTextile practical sessionsPreparation for exams and study skills for Food & Nutrition and TextilesVisits to the Clothes Show; Museums and Retail outlets

Departments within Home Economics

KS3 - Design Technology Food and TextilesKS4 - GCSE Child Development; GCSE Home Economics Food and Nutrition; GCSE Design Technology Product Design Textiles; BTEC Level 2 Health and SocialKS5 - BTEC Level 3 Early Years; GCE A Level Fashion and Design Textiles

Overview of KS3

In Design & Technology and Home Economics Food & Textiles, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products. They develop an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Pupils are able to develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Topics for D&T Food

Y7 - Healthy Eating; Y8 Teenage Club; Y9 Multicultural Food.

Topics for D&T Textiles

Y7 - Gift Cards; Y8 - Shorts; Y9 - Bag for Life.

Overview of KS4

Home Economics Food & Nutrition

The course is designed to give pupils an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of Food and Nutrition within a variety of contexts. Pupils will study: Food for Health; Characteristics and Properties of Food; Food Quality; Food Technology and the Consumer. Pupils will complete a controlled assessment in year 10 in the form of one short practical task to include an investigation and planning and making a selection of dishes. They will also complete a second controlled assessment, a Board-prescribed Task during the spring term in year 11.

Child Development

Pupils have the opportunity to extend and apply their knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years. They develop an understanding of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child which is inter-linked through the study of the family, community and the responsibilities of parenthood.Pupils will complete two controlled assessments, a child study in year 10 and a child focused task in year 11.

Design & Technology Textiles

This course is designed to give pupils the opportunity to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of textiles and fashion into a GCSE qualification. This will provide a foundation for pupils to continue onto 'A' level Textiles or further education in order to develop skills within the fashion and design industry. Throughout the course pupils will have the opportunity to: Complete practical based projects; Improve skills within Textiles; Learn about fashion and textile design; Think and work like a designer; Learn about fashion and trends; Learn about fashion designers; Learn through practical work and learn about health and safety

BTEC Health & Social Care

This course has been developed toprovide education and training for those interested in health & social care. It gives the opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised Level 2 vocationally-specific qualification. It alsogives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Throughout the course pupils will develop an understanding of the importance of communication in health & social care; learn that individuals have rights and needs; understand the impact of diet on health and have the opportunity to complete vocational experience in a health & social care setting.

Overview of KS5

A Level - Design & Technology Product Design Textiles / Fashion & Design

The course is designed to encourage candidates to develop their capacity to design and make products. They will have the opportunity to: Study and work with a variety of materials; Develop an understanding of the characteristics and properties of fibres and fabrics; Gain an understanding of material in design; Develop knowledge of the manufacturing system; Explore practical construction skills and plan suitable production systems; Understand the relevance of Quality Assurance and Quality Control when making a product; Design and Make a garment or artefact that shows creativity and originality.

BTEC Level 3 Early Years

This BTEC National Certificate course is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing 12 projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situation, activities and demands. This certificate is equivalent to two 'A' levels. The subjects/units that will be studied are: Positive Relationships for Children's Care, Learning and Development; Positive Environment for Children's Care, Learning and Development; Promoting Children's Development; Reflecting on Practice for Children aged 0-8; Safeguarding Children; Promoting Children's Rights; Children's Learning Activities and Play; Diet and Nutrition for Children; and Design & Technology for the Early Years Practitioner.