Aims of the department
- To provide a rewarding and interactive learning experience for students at all levels
- To offer the learning and application of Business theory, bringing text book knowledge alive
- To offer a diverse range of transferable skills and useful knowledge in preparation for further study and/or working life
In addition to the syllabus we do endeavour to develop our students’ talents and sense of responsibility through offering the opportunity to participate in activities outside of the classroom. Many of our students go on to study business-related subjects in higher education or take up apprenticeships in the workplace.
GCSE Business Studies - Syllabus: AQA
The course is designed to encourage students to consider the practical application of business and economic concepts. The course provides the opportunity to explore the theories and concepts in the context of events in the business and economic world. Assessments in class time will include knowledge checks of theory and exam style questions and take place at the end of each topic.
Unit 1- Setting up a business (Written exam 40%)
This unit introduces the issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages candidates to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.
- Starting a business
- People in business
- Operations management
Unit 2 – Growing a business (Written exam 35%)
This unit builds upon the content of Unit 1, allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises.
- The business organisation
- People in business
- Operations management
Unit 3 – Investigating a business (Controlled assessment)
Candidates complete one task released by the examination board. Students will be required to carry out a range of research and produce a report to back recommendations to a business.
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise Level 1 and 2
This qualification provides an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and hands-on element. It gives learners an introduction to start up projects and helps them to identify risks and rewards, an insight into market research, and different marketing opportunities and techniques, a basic knowledge and understanding of business finance for a new business or enterprise.
Unit number and title Mandatory/optional Assessment
Unit 01 Introduction to business and enterprise Mandatory Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 02 Marketing for business and enterprise Mandatory Externally assessed assignment
Unit 03 Finance for business and enterprise Mandatory Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 04 Plan, develop and participate
in a business or enterprise project Mandatory Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
A Level Business Studies - Syllabus: OCR
This course seeks to give an insight into the dynamic world of business. It is not just a theoretical subject, it is about real life. You will learn about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. You will investigate problems which real businesses are currently facing and use your initiative to develop possible solutions.
Areas of study include enterprise, human resources, environmental factors, marketing accounting and finance, production, ethics, international trade, the digital age, law, economics and change management
How you will be assessed?
- 100% exam based
- 3 x 2 hour exam papers (taken at the end of course) based on case studies of three real businesses (one small/local, one medium/national and one large/international)
- A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
BTEC Business Level 3
BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.
The aim is to engage students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.
Topics may include areas such as
- The Business Environment
- Business Resources
- Business Communication
- Visual Merchandising in Retail
- Customer Service
- Human Resources
The assessment approach of the course is largely internal with evidence for assessment being generated through a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and oral presentation.
25% of the mark is externally assessed.