Welcome to the Business Studies department.
Business Studies is a subject which allows students to explore business behaviour and understand how a business operates and what can influence its success. Everyone can relate to a business and it fits in well with other subjects due to its relevance to so many careers and everyday life.
The Business Studies department aims to provide a broad and well-balanced programmed which enables pupils to experience how businesses operate and how the law is applied. As a department we aim to offer a wide variety of courses including GCSE, A-LEVEL and BTEC.
Staffing and Responsibilities
- Ms H Bajwa – Head of Department, Teacher of Business Studies
In Year 10 we offer BTEC Level ½ Technical award in Enterprise
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Technical award in Enterprise
Exam board Pearson
A BTEC First is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.You will focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.The BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 Award is a 120 guided learning hours qualification and will require successful completion of 4 units of work.
Component 3 builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in component 1 & 2 and includes synoptic assessment where learners will be given a case study and a series of activites to complete. The assessment will be 2 hours long with a maximum marks of 60.
The units you will be completing throughout the course are:
- Component 1 – Exploring enterprises (Internally assessed)
- Component 2 – Planning for and running an enterprise (Internally assessed)
- Component 3 – Promotion and finance for an enterprise (externally assessed)
In Year 11 we offer two routes within business studies, GCSE and BTEC.
AQA GCSE - course code 8132
Within this course students study a range of Business topics within both Unit 1 and Unit 2 to include:
- Business in the real world
- Influences on business
- Business operations
- Human resources
As a clear progression route for either Key Stage 4 course or to those new to Business Studies we offer A Level Business Studies.
AQA A Level Business Studies - Course code 7132
Within this course students gain an excellent understanding of how to set up, run and manage businesses from small businesses to multinational organisations. They gain an insight into the obstacles facing businesses today and the decision making process they may adopt to follow successful strategies. Units of study include:
- What is Business
- Managers, Leaders & decision making
- Decision making to improve:
- Marketing performance
- Operational performance
- Financial performance
- Human resource performance
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic decision
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
Assessing of all 10 units is done through external exams taken at the end of year 2 consisting of paper 1, 2, & 3.
Throughout our curriculum offer within both key stages a high emphasis is placed on student entrepreneurial skills. Within the BTEC students have the opportunity to complete a module of study focussing around this. Within the GCSE and A Level courses students are encouraged to set up enterprise businesses with in school. We have successfully ran enterprise businesses within school for the last 5 years with students producing and selling a number of items ranging from book marks, to Christmas card and more recently gloves!
All profits of every business are donated to Cancer Research and we are extremely proud of our students who have raised in excess of £400 over the years!