Business Studies

Overview

The aim of the Business curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to achieve success in the examined courses. Further to this we intend for all our students to identify business problems and opportunities and enhance their employability.  

We do this by providing a curriculum which ensures students understand underlying Business theory which they are encouraged to apply to a variety of familiar and unfamiliar case studies. We want our students to be able to think analytically, reach logical conclusions based on data, and make judgements on future changes to markets and the economy.  

Our curriculum goes beyond what is taught in lessons, whilst we want students to achieve the very best examination results possible, we believe our curriculum goes beyond what is examinable.  

Knowledge underpins and enables the application of skills; both are interconnected. Content is delivered to students and then built upon through a variety of practice questions, with regular quality feedback being given to support student progress. The knowledge acquired then allows students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.  

Cultural Capital is an essential component of the Business curriculum. Our students are constantly introduced to a wide variety of viewpoints from some of the most influential entrepreneurs throughout history. We investigate the impact that their work has had on the world we live in and students are regularly encouraged to make links between their studies and real-life examples. Students undertake this whilst developing an increased understanding into current events happening globally. Our subject enrichment facilitates further access to the wider world of business and its impact.  

 

Business Staff 

Miss A Brooks – Head of Business Enterprise and Social Science 

Miss L Guest – Teacher of Business & Geography 

Mrs Hobson – Vice Principal & Teacher of Business ( Maternity Leave ) 

Mr M Cheung – Teacher of Business & Computer Science 

 

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Business 

Our GCSE Business course starts in Year 10, and follows the Edexcel specification. This specification has two key themes:  

Theme 1 – Investigating Small Business. This theme focuses on the role of the entrepreneur, the objectives of small business, how small businesses manage aspects of finance and external factors that impact business. 

Theme 2 – Building a Business. This theme focuses on how business grow, the marketing activities undertaken by business, the different methods of operation and human resources. 

The students learning is separated into distinct topics that are assessed individually following the structure of the final exam. They will also be assessed on linked prior learning thus encouraging the process of connecting current learning to concepts learned previously. 

Students will have the opportunity to engage with targeted intervention to support their progress and enrichment activities to extend and challenge their learning. 

Key Stage 5 – BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business 

Our Post16 Business course is a BTEC Level 3 qualification. Students will complete four units of work and be graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. The units are: 

Unit 1 – Exploring Business – Internally assessed coursework. 

Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign – Externally assessed research-based exam 

Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance – Externally assessed examination 

Unit 14 – Investigating Customer Service – Internally assessed coursework 

Each unit connects knowledge form the previous and links to learning planned for the future. All of what is taught in Unit 1 will provide a foundation for the other three units in this course. We will deliver new information in a way that can be accessed and provide challenge to develop your understanding of issues that can affect business. 

Each unit connects knowledge form the previous and links to learning planned for the future. All of what is taught in Unit 1 will provide a foundation for the other three units in this course. We will deliver new information in a way that can be accessed and provide challenge to develop your understanding of issues that can affect business.