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
 
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.
 
EDEXCEL GCSE Business Studies
 
BTEC First Certificate in Business
 
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.
 
Content
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 – Decision 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.

Content
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
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.
 
 

Microeconomics:
• 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.

Macroeconomics:
• the measurement of macroeconomic performance
• how the macroeconomy works
• economic performance
• financial markets and monetary policy
• fiscal policy and supply-side policies
• the international economy.

A-level assessment
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
• essay questions
• data response questions
• case studies.

 
applied business

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

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
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
 
The department have a strong record of success in running activities aimed at developing the entrepreneurial, personal and employability skills of students. For example, Young Enterprise and KPMG Entrepreneurial Challenge. We also arrange a number of educational visits in order to support pupil learning. For example, visits to Jaguar Motors, Pilkington Glass, Zoe's Place and Tesco.