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Business Studies

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 the BTEC Level 3 in Business, 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.