Broughton Hall Catholic High School - Curriculum / Business Studies

Business Studies

Introduction

At Broughton Hall Catholic High School, the Business department offers a curriculum that provides students with lots of opportunities to develop both academically and personally. We deliver valuable academic rigour across all courses, whilst providing students with opportunities to gain and enhance vital employability skills. We actively encourage students to be part of the learning process by contextualising the learning in a way that allows students to conceptualise what they have learnt so that they can understand, appreciate and question the global business world around them. We endeavour to support all students to develop into well rounded individuals; that one day will add value and make a positive difference to the world of work and business.

At the heart of our business curriculum are the core employability competencies and a curriculum rich in knowledge, it is this knowledge combined with core employability competencies that equips our students to gain a greater understanding of the business world and develop and apply their analytical and critical thinking skills, to evaluate business decision making processes and wider government and international decisions.

Carefully planned schemas across all Business courses ensures all students can build on prior learning, not only from the business course they are studying but also learning from across curricula they have studied previously. The implementation phase of our curriculum here at Broughton Hall endeavours to prepare students to add value to the business world of the future, empower them to stop, reflect, pay attention and be a 'future player' in this world.

We want our students to be inspired to take their place in the business world of the 21st century and make a difference as a result of what they have learnt from a well-rounded Business education, above all we want them to do this with passion, as Mary Barra (CEO General Motors) once said "whatever you decide to do, do it with passion and all of the energy that you have".

Staff

Ms A Lunney - Assistant Headteacher/Head of Department
Mrs K Cave - Teacher of Business
Ms M Strefford - Teacher of Business/Head of Year

Business Studies


Head of Department: Ms A Lunney
Contact email address: lunneya@broughtonhall.com
Specification: Pearson
Qualification: GCSE

Programme of Study KS4

Business Studies Would you like to set up your own business and be a successful entrepreneur? Would you like to be a manager in a business? Have you got an interest in the news and how the government and their policies affect your everyday life? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then Business Studies is the GCSE for you.

You will learn about how the world of business works and its relevance to almost every aspect of modern society. Amongst other topics, you will learn about planning, finance, marketing and economics and discover some of the methods and techniques used to analyse an organisation's performance.

How is the course structured & assessed?

Students will learn about the purpose of business activity and the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, alongside the dynamic nature of business.

Students need to be aware of the impact that business has in the real world on the four functional areas of business:

  • Business operations
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Students also investigate, assess and evaluate strategic decisions made by businesses in response to changes in the external and internal environment.

You will encounter a variety of teaching methods including case studies, role-plays and ICT alongside more traditional methods. Students will be expected to immerse themselves in a business-like mind-set and to pay attention to the world around them. For example, students would be expected to take note of relevant news items, which may be used as a basis for discussion and class work. Students will sit two exams of equal weighting at the end of Year 11

What can these qualifications lead to?

This GCSE course opens exciting opportunities to study Business-related subjects at A-level.

We live in a corporate world and the markets operate around us constantly. Because of this, business is a universal subject. There are few, if any, careers for which an understanding of business would not be of some benefit. Business studies is also a key to attaining highly paid and challenging roles in all levels of management.

BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business Enterprise


Head of Department: Ms A Lunney
Contact email address: lunneya@broughtonhall.com
Specification: Pearson
Qualification: BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business Enterprise

Programme of Study KS4

Business Enterprise If you are looking for a career in business and want to develop skills and understanding that are directly relevant to the business world, then this qualification is for you. The BTEC Technical Award in Business Enterprise has been designed to accredit a candidate's achievement in a modern and practical way. The course will help build the skills, knowledge and understanding of enterprises that are needed to continue studying and to start work. You will have the opportunity to explore what it means to set up and run an enterprise, as well as develop key skills and gain an insight into the sector. The skills and experience you will gain are vital to succeed in the business environment, thereby enhancing your employability within the business sector.

How is the course structured & assessed?

The qualification consists of three components that give learners the opportunity to explore what it means to set up and run a business enterprise, as well as develop key skills and gain an insight into the sector. Two of the units are internally assessed and externally moderated. One of the units is exam based and is externally assessed. You must pass all 3 components to successfully achieve this qualification.

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises (Internally assessed worth 30%)
In this component, you will investigate the different types of enterprise and their ownership, looking at the characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs with reasons for levels of success. You will understand the importance of having a clear focus on the customer and the importance of meeting their needs whilst developing relevant skills in market research.

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (Internally assessed worth 30%)
In this component, you will have the opportunity to plan how best to set up the chosen enterprise and how to fund it. Learners will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch your business plan for your idea to an audience and then use feedback to review your plan and pitch using your knowledge of business, and demonstrating entrepreneurial characteristics, qualities and skills.

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (external assessment worth 40%)
In this component, you will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target your market. Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success

What can these qualifications lead to?

On successful completion of this course, you may wish to study one of our vocational courses in Sixth Form. This is the equivalent to one A Level and will further develop and extend knowledge from previous units. You will also have the opportunity to take on and study new topics within units. On successful completion of one of our vocational courses, you are then eligible to apply to university to continue your studies or vocations.

The course will also help build your skills, knowledge and understanding of businesses needed to enter the world of work in a business related role - or example: Supervisory or Management Trainee in areas such as retail management, marketing, fashion, customer service, finance, tourism, hospitality, public relations, international business, operations management and human resources.

Programme of Study KS5 - Applied Business


Key Information

Level: LEVEL 3
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Ms Lunney

Entry Requirements

Students should normally have achieved 5 GCSE A*- C grades including Grade 4 English and Maths. It is not a pre-requisite to have studied Business at GCSE.

Why Choose this course?

A level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Applied Business is a fun and informative subject that bridges the science and art gap nicely. If you like the idea of managerial aspects of a job or working for yourself, then perhaps taking a Level 3 Applied A-level in Business is a good idea.

Prospects

This qualification provides a broad understanding of business knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education and is suitable for learning alongside other Level 3 qualifications, ie A levels and/or other Level 3 vocational qualifications (such as accounting, sociology, psychology, languages, Media, retail etc).

This qualification can also prepare you to take up employment in business and entrepreneurship, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education at university or college.

Studying this qualification will enable you to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills recognised as most important by higher education and employers. The qualification also offers you an opportunity to develop transferrable skills, such as teamwork, research and communication as part of their applied learning.

Course Content

All of the units in this qualification are mandatory.

Each of the qualification's units address key aspects of business. You will undertake a programme of assessment designed to assess not only your knowledge and understanding of business, but also the way in which your knowledge and understanding can shape practical skills in beginning to think and realise your own plans about business and future employment goals.

Programme of Study KS5 - Business Studies


Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Ms Lunney

Entry Requirements

You must achieve 5 GSCE grades A* or B 5 in 5 different subjects

Why Choose this course?

Taking A-level Business Studies is a great thing to do if you have aspirations of one day becoming self-employed or in a managerial position. A-level business studies can give you the tools and information required to understand how businesses are created, managed and become successful. The A-level business studies course is very similar to the economics A-level, so you learn a great deal about budgeting and financial stability.

Prospects

A-level business studies looks great to any employers as it shows you have a background information into how a business works, so you are automatically considered for higher positions. There are a number of career and university options your A-level in business studies will offer you.

Possible career choices with A-level business studies include management, marketing, finance, accounting, banking, retailing, manufacturing and local government. Many universities will accept business studies as a A-level when applying for courses such as economics, business studies and many other options.

Course Content

Business Studies is a fun, informative subject that bridges the science and art gap nicely. If you like the idea of managerial aspects of a job or working for yourself, then perhaps taking an A-level in business studies is a good idea.

A-level Business Studies helps you:
Develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value

Be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders

Acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving

Be aware of the current structure of business and business practice.

Programme of Study KS5 - Economics


Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Ms Lunney

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 7 in Maths. Students will find that they are not expected to have studied the subject or Business Studies before and that the assessment approach will motivate them to work hard.

Why Choose this course?

Economists are needed to advise the government, banks and industry. These are the experts that analyse the economic conditions that affect business and consumers. It offers insight into the world of money and business with which many of us are familiar. Everyone takes part in economic activity as consumers, employees, tax-payers and voters.

Young people ought to have an understanding of the economic system, and what is involved in buying and selling. People also need to know where their business stands in relation to the outside world. In all these cases a knowledge of Economics is extremely useful and relevant to people's lives. Indeed anyone who is interested in current affairs will be curious about Economics and what it has to offer. Students taking this subject are encouraged to read as widely as possible about contemporary economic issues.

Prospects

The skills which are developed are useful in Law, Management, Banking, Social Work, Civil Service, Local Government, Teaching, Journalism and Television.

Course Content

Economics will examine different systems for running a country, comment on which is best and why the government needs to intervene in the running of the nation, for example, by providing universities or hospitals. How far the government should intervene is a source of much economic debate. In a range of real life situations, Economics tries to provide answers to the questions 'which is best?' and 'which is fair?'.

Programme of Study KS5 - Marketing


Key Information

Level: LEVEL 3
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Ms Lunney

Entry Requirements

Students should normally have achieved 5 GCSE A*- C grades including Grade 4 English and Maths. It is not a pre-requisite to have studied Business at GCSE.

Why Choose this course?

A level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Marketing is a fun and informative subject that bridges the science and art gap nicely. If you like the idea of managerial aspects of a job or working for yourself, then perhaps taking a Level 3 Applied A-level in Marketing is a good idea. This subject fits well with Applied Business.

Prospects

The qualifications provide a broad understanding of business knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education and is suitable for learning alongside other Level 3 qualifications, ie A levels and/or other Level 3 vocational qualifications (such as accounting, psychology, languages, leisure and tourism, Media, retail etc). Studying any of these qualifications will enable you to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills recognised as most important by higher education and employers.

Course Content

All of the units in this qualification are mandatory.

Each of the qualification's units address key aspects of Business and Marketing. You will undertake a programme of assessment designed to assess not only your knowledge and understanding of business and marketing, but also the way in which your knowledge and understanding can shape practical skills in beginning to think and realise your own plans about business and future employment goals.