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    Business Studies

    Business Studies is taught by five specialist teachers, all of whom have considerable experience in the fields of retail, human resources, social enterprise and finance. Lessons are interactive and the layout of the department is designed to stimulate a professional business environment with business like workspaces.  The curriculum is designed to provide an understanding of real business life contexts and to develop links with Business careers.

    Extensive support is provided for all students through high quality teaching and learning, targeted mentoring and feedback.  The department focuses on extended writing and successfully equips students with exam technique skills.  Our strategy for raising attainment is built around the use of literacy mats, highlighters and effective marking and feedback.

    The department offers fantastic enrichment opportunities and these include visits to Accountancy firms such as Ernst and Young, the IFS Student Investor Challenge and keynote speakers from high profile businesses.

    Curriculum and timetable 2018/2019

    GCSE Business Studies is a highly successful and popular choice at Key Stage 4 and 5.  At Key Stage 4 we offer OCR GCSE Business. At Key Stage 5 we run A Level Business, Economics and Business BTEC.
     

    key stage 4

    GCSE Business Studies Year 10:

    In the first year, students will learn about business activity, marketing and people and in the second year they will further develop their understanding of operations, finance and influences on business.

    Please see below for more information about the assessment for this qualification

    Business 1: Business activity, Marketing and People (01)

    • 80 marks
    • 1 Hour 30 Minutes paper
    • Section A: MCQ 15 marks
    • Section B: short, medium and extended response style questions. 65 marks.

    Business 2: Operations, Finance and Influences on Business (02)*

    • 80 Marks
    • 1 Hour 30 Minutes paper
    • Section A: MCQ 15 marks
    • Section B: short, medium and extended response style questions.

    GCSE Business Studies Year 11:

    The first year of the two-year GCSE course, students studied marketing and enterprise.  In Year 11, topic areas include Human Resources, Production and the External Business Environment.  Students are examined on these topics at the end of the academic year.

    Please see below for more information about the assessment for this qualification

    Unit A292: Marketing and Enterprise

    Controlled assessment: 60 marks

    • 25% of the qualification

    Unit A293: Business and people:

    • Written paper: 1 hour: 60 marks
    • 25% of the qualification
    • Question paper: 2 short-answer data-response questions. Candidates answer both questions.

    Unit A293: Production, finance and the external busienss environment:

    • Written paper: 1 hour 30 minutes: 90 marks
    • 25% of the qualification
    • Question paper: 3 questions based on a pre-released case study. Candidates answer all questions.
    key stage 5

    A-LEVEL BUSINESS

    Business students will benefit greatly from drawing on experience of employment, experience as consumers and what they see in the media.  Students will develop a range of important and transferable skills such as data analysis, problem solving, evaluating business scenarios and making justified recommendations.

    Exam Board: OCR 

    Year 1 Subject Content:

    Students will study the following topics to understand key themes in business:

    • Business objectives and strategic decisions
    • External influences facing businesses
    • Marketing and marketing strategies
    • Operational strategy
    • Human resources
    • Accounting and financial considerations
    • The global environment of business

    Year 2 Subject Content

    Students will continue to develop their understanding of the key themes in business.

    Career Opportunities / Routes

    This qualification supports progression into higher education or the world of work.  It provides a good foundation for careers in banking and accountancy, personnel and human resources, marketing and sales, administration, business law and in education.  The subject nature ensures that students develop a broad range of skills that will suit a range of careers.

    Assessment

    Paper 1: Operating in a local business environment

    • 33.3%

    Paper 2: The UK business environment

    • 33.3% 

    Paper 3: The global business environment

    • 33.3% 

     

    business btec extended diploma (equivalent to 3 a levels)

    BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education providers as a vocational qualification at L3.  The qualification provides students with the opportunity to progress into the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level.  The BTEC Business Extended Diploma is equivalent in weighting to 3 A Level qualifications.

    Exam Board: Edexcel Pearson

    Career Opportunities / Routes

    This qualification supports progression into higher education or the world of work.  It provides a good foundation for careers in banking and accountancy, personnel and human resources, marketing and sales, administration, business law and in education.  The subject nature ensures that students develop a broad range of skills that will suit a range of careers.

    ASSESSMENT:

    Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally marked task)

    Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (written exam)

    Unit 6: Principles of Management (externally marked task)

    Unit 7: Business Decision Making (externally marked task)

    MANDATORY UNITS:

    1. Exploring Business (written assignment)
    2. Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally marked task)
    3. Personal and Business Finance (written exam)
    4. Managing an Event (written assignment)
    5. International Business (written assignment)
    6. Principles of Management (externally marked task)
    7. Business Decision Making (externally marked task)

    OPTIONAL UNITS:

    Students will also study six further optional units as part of this qualification.