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Business Studies

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Overview

This subject prepares students for the real world and a wide variety of occupations, as it helps them to develop decision making, presentation and problem solving skills. Topics covered include enterprise, business structures, marketing, human resources, finance, production and the external environment. Teachers employ a variety of teaching styles but there is an emphasis on student centred activities to help students to feel an empathy with the world of business.

What skills will pupils develop?

The students will explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.  They will focus on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources.

Furthermore, they will also consider the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. They will explore key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business and examine how a business develops beyond the start-up phase.

What will help pupils to learn?

  • Watching current affairs and news programmes
  • Carrying out independent research upon business concepts.
  • Discussing sources of finance with your child such as finance, loans, mortgages, debit and credit.

KS3 Course Structure

Business studies is not offered at Key Stage 3

KS3 Assessment

Business studies is not offered at Key Stage 3

KS4 Course Structure

GCSE Business (Edexcel)

We advise purchasing the revision guide and workbook that is available through parentpay -  these books provide valuable revision and exam questions to help pupils succeed. There are two themes/units for this qualification:

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business

 Theme 1: Investigating small business:

1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2 Spotting a business opportunity  

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice  

1.4 Making the business effective  

1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

 

Theme 2: Building a business:

2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

2.3 Making operational decisions  

2.4 Making financial decisions

2.5 Making human resource decisions

KS4 Assessment

Theme 1: Investigating Small Business

Compulsory paper

50% of the total GCSE

External assessment:

1 hour 30 minutes

Multiple choice, short and extended answer (90 marks)

Questions will relate to the content that appears in Theme 1 and students may draw on underpinning knowledge and understanding developed through Theme 2 as appropriate.

Theme 2: Building a Business

Compulsory paper

50% of the total GCSE

External assessment:

1 hour 30 minutes

Multiple choice, short and extended answer (90 marks)

Questions will relate to the content that appears in Theme 2 and students may draw on underpinning knowledge and understanding developed through Theme 1 as appropriate

Quantitative skills will be assessed in each paper and will comprise 10% of the total marks for the qualification.

  • On-going marking and dialogue through work books
  • Three formal planned assessment
  • Homework set regularly
  • Mini tests

Staff

Mrs N Dey – Head of Business

Mr Mackinney – Assistant Head and teacher of Business

Mrs S Bagley

Opportunities out of lessons

  • Intervention sessions
  • Support for business research
  • Discussions with local entrepreneurs

Career Pathways in this subject

Students who follow this course may progress onto A Level Business or onto a BTEC National programme in Business. A Level Business and BTEC National in Business will naturally lead to a progression onto any business related degree course or business related apprenticeship or career.

 

Courses in business, business and finance, business administration, marketing, human resource management, accounting, retail, business law are just some degree courses which students may choose to progress to.

 

A Level Business may also provide an excellent foundation for those who wish to follow careers and apprenticeships in finance, marketing, accountancy, production management, and human resource management.