Business studies

Aims of the curriculum

  • know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
  • apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
  • develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make
    informed business decisions and solve business problems
  • develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
  • investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
  • develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data

Curriculum plan

Year 9

Initial Entry Level Qualification studying three units including Business and People, Marketing and Enterprise and Production, Finance and the External Business Environment.  This is assessed through two small unit tests and a piece of coursework. Students will also study work, personal and employability skills throughout.

Year 10 and 11

This GCSE specification introduces learners to the business world, empowering them to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals. Learners will have t he opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, enabling them to use business information critically, to develop arguments, to make justified decisions and to prepare them for further study and career pathways. The focus of the specification is to introduce and nurture an enthusiasm for studying business in a range of contexts. Learners will appreciate how businesses operate in a dynamic and competitive environment and develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business functions from a local to a global perspective.


During year 10 and 11 students will learn about 6 distinct topic areas in business. However, Business Activity and Influences on Business are studied first.

  • Business activity
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human resources


The subject content for GCSE Business will be assessed across two examination papers.
Component 1: Business Dynamics - Written examination: 2 hours - 62.5% of qualification
Component 2: Business Considerations - Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes - 37.5% of
qualification.
Both components assess content from all six topic areas, so learners will be required to draw together knowledge, skills and understanding from across the subject content in each assessment.

 

Teaching methods and student organisation

Students are organised into mixed ability classes.  Students receive 5 lesson every 2 week.  The course is both active and enjoyable.  A variety of teaching methods are used from traditional instruction, group work and individual study.  You will need to be good at communicating and explaining your ideas, listening to new concepts and respecting other opinions.  You will learn how to be a creative thinker and how to make decisions. You need to be self-disciplined, willing to be an independent learner and keep your work organised.  You must review work regularly and complete weekly homework. Extended writing is a key requirement.

Progression after Key Stage 4

Overall this is a new, dynamic and exciting course.  It can lead on to AS Level Business Studies, AS Level Accounting, or any vocational.  Even if you do not want to go on to study business further you will have benefited from studying a GCSE Business course because any job you do will involve working for a business or organisation.  You may well decide to become self-employed utilising the entrepreneurial skills and attributes gained.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

 

Lunch-time Drop In sessions are also available to students who need further guidance or use of ICT facilities.

Wherever possible the department utilises the expertise of a wide range of external business partners to provide real-life examples of business practice. Regular visits are made to a number of organisations. For example, Jaguar/Land- Rover, Cadbury World, Alton Towers, Chester Zoo, etc.

 

How can you help your child?

As a department we believe that working together effectively, with both parents and students, will allow students to achieve their full potential.  Parents can support in a number of ways:

  • Take an interest in the topics studied.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions and approach their subject teacher if they have any questions.
  • Ensure that homework is completed on time and to a high standard.
  • Providing opportunities to develop subject knowledge by further reading e.g. Key Stage 4 revision guide, textbook, newspapers, specialist magazines, watching business TV programmes i.e. The Apprentice.
  • Support your child to use the internet as a valuable research tool (not simply to copy and paste findings).
  • Provide facilities to work with your child during revision and homework activities.
  • Instil appropriate behaviour and positive attitude in all of your child’s studies.
  • Develop an excellent work ethic that would prepare them for their working life.
  • Guide your child to be responsible and confident, in line with the school’s Gospel values, so that he/she can reach their full potential.

In addition to the points above, if you feel that your child needs further support or you need clarification on any subject related issues, please do not hesitate to contact their subject teacher.

Useful business studies websites