Business Studies is a well-established subject within the curriculum at Key Stage 4 and 5. There are 4 members of staff in the department and we offer a range of vocational and academic qualifications in order to help meet the individual needs of students.
The department has developed a wide range of Moodle-based resources which help our students to learn and achieve. These resources can be accessed in school, during study lessons or in the classroom, or at home, and enable our students to become flexible, independent learners.
Give students an understanding of what we mean by entrepreneurship and the skills and qualities that an entrepreneur needs in order to set up a successful business.
Develop an understanding of the key functional areas in a business e.g. marketing, finance, human resources and operations management
Learn more about the world we live in and how changes in the economic environment affect people and UK businesses
To develop examination skills e.g. interpreting data, developing an analytical argument, making judgements based on available evidence etc.
Develop an appreciation of moral and ethical issues related to the operation of a business e.g. the use of child labour in the fashion industry
Accomodation and Resources
Business Studies have two dedicated classrooms. In Key Stage 5 we are located in Room S2 where we have access to 20 desktop computers and an interactive whiteboard. At Key Stage 4 we have one classroom which is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a wide range of subject-related resources. All of our courses have extensive learning resources available on Moodle and this allows students to access learning resources during study lessons or from home.
Key Stage 4
EDEXCEL GCSE Business Studies
BTEC First Certificate in Business
Key Stage 5
A Level Business Studies (AQA)
This course will develop many of the key topics studied at GCSE level. However, this does not mean that if you have not studied Business Studies at that level you should not consider this course. To do well on this course, students need to have an interest in the world around them and want to study a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences. This course will provide a good preparation for those wishing to go to university as it will encourage candidates to acquire a range of important and transferable skills that include:
Data skills - candidates will need manipulate data in a variety of forms and interpret their results
Making justifications on the basis of available evidence
Research skills - candidates will need to research a topic in preparation for Unit 4 of the course
Television programmes such as The Apprentice and Dragon's Den give pupils some insight into the skills and qualities that successful entrepreneurs need to possess. Newspaper headlines also offer continual reminders of how the world of business is of interest to us all. In recent years much attention has been directed to such issues as the unethical behaviour of large businesses, the benefits and drawbacks of a strong dollar for UK businesses, why business leaders get paid so much, whether the growth of supermarkets such as Tesco result in less competition and higher prices for customers, and so on. These are all issues that will be examined on this course.
Year 12 (first year)
An introduction to key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. This includes a special focus on decision making - particularly how decisions made in one area can affect the rest of the business.
Topic 1 - What is business?
Topic 2 - Managers, leadership and decision making
Topic 3 - Decision making to improve marketing performance
Topic 4 - Decision making to improve operational performance
Topic 5 - ecision making to improve financial performance
Topic 6 - Decision making to improve human resource performance
AS assessment AS assessment consists of two 90 minute written exams at the end of the one year course. Each exam will be worth half of the AS. Exams draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including: multiple choice questions, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.
After taking the AS exams at the end of your first year of study you can decide to:
finish with an AS qualification
continue to A-level.
Year 13 (second year)
An investigation of the strategic decisions that all businesses have to make.
Topic 7 - Analysing the strategic position of a business
Topic 8 - Choosing the strategic direction
Topic 9 - Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Topic 10 - Managing strategic change
A-level assessment consists of three x 2 hour written exams taken at the end of the two year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A-level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.
A Level Economics content
the economic problem and economic methodology
individual economic decision making
price determination in a competitive market
production, costs and revenue
perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
the labour market
the distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
the market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets.
the measurement of macroeconomic performance
how the macroeconomy works
financial markets and monetary policy
fiscal policy and supply-side policies
the international economy.
At the end of the two year course, you will sit three two hour written exams - each exam will be worthone third of the A-level. Paper one will cover markets and market failure, paper two will cover the national and international economy and paper three will draw on material from the whole course.
The papers will feature a range of question styles including:
multiple choice questions
short answer questions
data response questions
Year 12 - Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business
Applied Business focuses on four key themes: people, markets, finance and operational delivery. Each unit addresses aspects of these themes to ensure coherent learning.
Learners cover topics including:
the role of finance in planning an enterprise, analysing and making financial decisions
how organisations use human, physical and financial resources to achieve goals
enterprising behaviour and how it encourages entrepreneurial opportunities.
Year 13 Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business
Learners undertake a programme of assessment which measures their knowledge and understanding of business whilst equipping them with skills to plan and deliver products and services.
In addition to the units taken as a part of the Certificate qualification, learners will cover topics such as:
how managers organise, motivate and lead employees through change to achieve business objectives
skills and processes required to develop, present and evaluate a business proposal
skills and processes required to develop an e-business proposal for a new business
the planning, coordination and management of a one-off event to support a business proposal
the development of a marketing communications mix for a business proposal and a schedule of marketing communications
Level 3 Foundation Tech-level in Business: Marketing Communications
The Foundation Tech-level in Business: Marketing Communications gives learners essential business and communication skills for marketing and sales support roles. Following study of the competitive business environment and the principles of marketing, learners then explore customer communication and digital marketing.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business (Level 3)
This course is assessed by coursework and students produce work that is in a vocational setting. This course consists of 6 units:
1. The Business Environment
2. Business Resources
3. Introduction to Marketing
4. Communication in Business
5. Recruitment and Selection in Business
6. Understanding Business Ethics
For more information please contact Ms Lunney on 0151 541 9440.