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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 2017/2018

    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

    Students study business in a variety of contexts (large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider a variety of factors in relation to business decisions.

    Year 12 OCR Busienss A Level:

    Content:

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

    The local business environment (01)*

    • 60 Marks
    • 1 Hour 30 minutes written paper

    (synoptic assessment)

    Section A: contains multiple-choice questions worth a total of 15 marks.  The questions can be drawn from any aspect of the specification.  Section B: contains data response questions which relate to the Resource Booklet.  This section is worth a total of 45 marks.

    The sider business environment (02)*

    • 60 Marks
    • 1 Hour 30 minutes written paper

    (synoptic assessment)

    Section A: contains a number of short answer questions worth a total  of 20 marks.  The content of these short answer questions can be drawn from any element of the specification.  Section B: contains extended response questions which relate to the Resource Booklet.  This section is worth a total of 40 marks.


    Year 13 AQA Business A Level:

    Content:

    1. What is business?
    2. Managers, leadership and decision making
    3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
    4. Decision making to improve operational performance
    5. Decision making to improve financial performance
    6. Decision making to improve human resource performance
    7. Analysing the strategic position of a business (A level only)
    8. Choosing strategic direction (A level only)
    9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A level only)
    10. Managing strategic change (A level only)

    Paper 1: Business 1

    What's assessed: All content above

    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 100 marks in total
    • 33.3% of A-level Questions

    Three compulsory sections:

    • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
    • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
    • Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two)

    Paper 2: Business 2

    What's assessed: All content above

    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 100 marks in total
    • 33.3% of A-level Questions Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

    Paper 3: Business 3

    What's assessed: All content above

    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 100 marks in total
    • 33.3% of A-level Questions

     

    business btec extended diploma (equivalent to 3 a levels)

    This course offers students the opportunity to learn about a broad range of Business topics and provides a strong understanding of how businesses work.  A range of practical units are included and this provides students with the chance to develop their teamwork skills.

    Students study the following units:

    MANDATORY UNITS:

    1. Exploring Business Assignment (90) Set and marked internally
    2. Developing a Marketing Campaign Task (90) Set and marked by Pearson
    3. Personal and Business Finance Written exam (120)
    4. Managing an Event Assignment (90) Assignment - Set and marked internally
    5. International Business Assignment (90) Assignment - Set and marked internally
    6. Principles of Management Task (120) Task - Set and marked by Pearson
    7. Business Decision Making (120) Synopic unit Task - Set and marked by Pearson

    OPERATIONAL UNITS:

    • Investing a Retail Busienss (60)
    • Work Experience in Business (60)
    • Recruitment and selection process (60)
    • Digital Marketing (60)
    • Investigating (60)
    • Market Research (60)