Business Studies

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

‘A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.’

Richard Branson

 

Learn about the society in which you live and develop life-long skills of analysis, interpretation and decision making. Prepare yourself for the wider world and your future career.

Key Stage 3

 

During Year 10 students study Business Enterprise. Introducing them to a taster of the main concepts of business - ownership, marketing, production, recruitment and finance. This course is delivered in a dynamic way – it’s interactive and encourages students to discover their entrepreneurial skills.  Students get the opportunity to build upon their basic understanding of the business in the world around them.

Key Stage 4

 

 

GCSE Applied Business Studies

This is a course which is relevant to the business world around us. Students discover in detail the reasons why businesses operate in the way they do. This course is taught using a variety of teaching methods which engages students by relating their studies to their everyday lives.

 

Content

Business Start Up, Production, Finance, Marketing, Managing People, Business Growth and Business Plan.

 

Assessment

One controlled assessment worth 60% of the overall mark (continually completed throughout the two years).  One external exam worth 40% of the overall mark (end of Year 12).

 

Business Communication Systems

Business Communication Systems is the study of both Business and ICT. It looks into the basic concepts of running a business and how ICT influences and develops business ideas. Students will look at the development of websites, spreadsheets, databases and how communication is used to develop business.

 

Content: ICT Systems in Business; Using ICT in Business and Investigating ICT in Business.

 

Assessment:

Two exam papers - one written paper (40%) and one practical computer based exam (35%). One controlled assessment worth 25%.

Key Stage 5

 

GCE Travel and Tourism

This fun, exciting course is aimed at developing the understanding and skills needed to work in the ever growing travel and tourism industry.

 

Content

Introduction to travel and tourism industry (Exam)

Customer Service

Travel Destinations

Event Management

Guided Tour

Tourism Development (Exam)

 

Assessment

Two year course with three units each year (one examination and two portfolios)

 

 

 

GCE Applied Business

 

This course looks in detail at the business world and helps students develop their own understanding of how businesses operate and business management.

 

Content

Enterprising Business

Enterprising Manager

External Influences on Business Enterprise (Exam)

Enterprise in Practice

Marketing

Finance (Exam)

 

Assessment

Two year course with three units each year (one examination and two portfolios)

Cambridge Technical Level 3 in Business (Extended Certificate)

 

This course is equivalent to one A Level and has no terminal examinations. It consists of 5 units, 50% portfolio and 50% examination. This course gives you very hands on experience of the business world where students learn in a practical manner, gaining a better understanding of business with a clear element of computer based units. This course is a development from Business Studies and Business Communication Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Content

The Business Environment (Exam)

Customers and Communication

Working in Business (Exam)

Introduction to Human Resources

Business Events

 

Assessment

3 Portfolios and 2 examinations

Enrichment

  • Visiting speakers from local businesses
  • Year 10 Dragon’s Den
  • Field Trips to local Businesses (Sixth Form)
  • Year 11 trip to Tayto and Aunt Sandra’s
  • Eye for Enterprise Programme (Year 13)
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