Welcome to the Business Studies & Law 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.

We hear and read about the Law being applied everyday whether this be a criminal trial with a life long sentence or businesses being sued.  But do you know how and why these sentences/fines are given?

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.

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Staffing and Responsibilities

  • Mrs H Bajwa – Head of Department, Teacher of Business Studies

Beginning in Year 10 we offer two routes within business studies, GCSE and BTEC.

AQA GCSE - course code 4130

Within this course students study a range of Business topics within both Unit 1 and Unit 2 to include:

  • Setting up a business
  • Business growth
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • People in business
  • Operations management

Assessment

Unit 1 and 2 are both externally assessed with a one hour paper for each unit at the end of the course. The final assessment within the GCSE is a controlled assessment for Unit 3 which is a project based study on a pre released theme from the exam board.

BTEC LEVEL 1/LEVEL2 FIRST AWARD

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.

The units you will be completing throughout the course are:

  • Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World – Internally assessed
  • Unit 2 – Finance for Business – Externally assessed
  • Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand – Internally assessed
  • Unit 6 – Introducing Retail Business – Internally assessed

As a clear progression route for either Key Stage 4 course or to those new to Business Studies we offer both A Level Business Studies and A Level Accounts.

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

Assessment

Assessing of all 10 units is done through external exams taken at the end of year 2 consisting of paper 1, 2, & 3. paper 1 & 2 may be sat at the end of year 1

OCR A Level Accounts - Course code H012

Within this course students gain a deeper insight into the accounting methods and strategies adopted by businesses. Units studies are:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Accounting Applications
  • Company Accounts and Interpretation
  • Management Accounting

Assessment

Unit 1 and 2 assessments are taken in Year 12 as external exams, this follows on in Year 13 with Unit 3 and 4 assessed in the summer term.

Business Enterprise

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!