Business Studies Department

 

 Staff involved are:

Mrs L McCormack

Mrs S Grant

The business world is vast and very real and one which all the students are familiar with in many ways but namely as consumers and in the future as workers.  Business Studies education attempts to integrate the text book theory with the world of Business and through doing this foster interest and enthusiasm for the subject at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

Aims

To prepare students for the Key Stage 4 and 5 exams within the department.To prepare students for GCE
Applied Business that will enable them to  progress to study at further and higher education, training and employment. To enable students to understand the purpose of business activity and the importance of different groups involved in it in KS3, KS4 and KS5.

          To stimulate the students to take an interest in business activity in both their local community and the wider business world.
To promote awareness within the students of issues connected to their   everyday life eg financial matters, consumer rights etc.

  To prepare students for the world of work and give them the practical skills that they require eg keyboarding, use of ICT etc. To prepare and encourage those students who want to further their studies in this field.

To encourage and teach enterprise skills through mini-enterprise and Young Enterprise Days.

 

Overall Aims & Purpose

To promote an agreed, consistent and co-ordinated approach to the teaching of Business Studies within the school that is in line with the overall aim and purpose of the College.  In addition to this to develop attitudes, values and processes of critical judgement and decision-making which prepares students to participate effectively in both the world-of-work and as competent citizens in the community.  A  separate Teaching and Learning Policy is available for the Business Studies Department which further outlines this.

 

 

 

Year Group

Course Title

Course Description

Assessment

Teachers Involved

Year 10

Introduction to Business Studies

In Year 10 students from classes F, G and I are given one period per 10 days of Introductory Business Studies.

The main aim of this programme which has been devised by the Business Studies teachers is to provide an insight into Business Studies and help the students make an ‘informed choice’ for their GCSE Options. 

The key topics studied are: Production and Marketing.

Internal Assessment

On-going throughout the year students complete self/peer and teacher assessed tasks.  These are marked and formative feedback provided.  The on-going assessment forms the end-of- term/year mark.

Mrs L McCormack

Mrs S Grant

Year 11-12

GCSE Business Studies (CCEA)

This is a two year course studied at GCSE level. It consists of three Units. 

Unit 1Business Start-Up (Yr 11)

Key Topics – Business Start-up, Production and Marketing.

Unit 2 -  Business Development (Yr 12)

Key Topics – Finance, Managing People, Business Growth and Business Plan.

Controlled Assessment– Will consist of one task set by CCEA.

Through studying  these units the student will have a clear understanding of the key topics listed above which are evident in any good business.  No matter what you do when you leave school, the chances are you will be involved in some way in a business.  This course helps the student understand more about how and why businesses operate in the way that they do.  This course provides a natural progression route  into A-level Business Studies and GCE Applied Business.

Unit 1 studied and tested in Year 11.

Unit 2 studied and tested in Year 12.

Controlled Assessment carried out Term 1 – Year 12.

Unit 1 – 35% - I hr 20 min examination.

Unit 2 – 40% - I hr 40 min examination.

Controlled Assessment – 25%

Mrs L McCormack

Mrs S Grant

Year 11 - 12

GCSE Business and Communication Systems (CCEA)

This is a two year course studied at GCSE level. It consists of three Units. 

Unit 1 – Use of ICT (Yr 11)

This unit is a computer-based, practical  unit to develop the ICT skills of the student in a business context.

Key Topics – Word-processing, Spreadsheets, Charts, Databases, Presentations, Using the Internet and Email.

Unit 2 – The Business Environment (Yr 12)

This unit is a written based unit and aims to provide students with a broad introduction to different types of business, their aims, and other factors that influence the business environment.

Key Topics – Business Ownership, Aims, Role of Social Enterprise, Stakeholders, Communication, Marketing.

Unit 3 – E-commerce (Controlled Assessment – Yr 12)

Students design a website and explain its business rationale through a PowerPoint presentation.

Unit 1 studied and tested in Year 11.

Unit 2 studied and tested in Year 12.

Controlled Assessment carried out Term 1 – Year 12.

Unit 1 – 40% - 2 hr computer-based  examination.

Unit 2 – 35% - I hr written examination.

Controlled Assessment – 25%

Mrs L McCormack

Mrs S Grant

 

Useful Websites: www.bized.co.uk                                      www.enterprise-zone.co.uk

                                www.skillsspace.co.uk                            www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/4schools

Year Group

Course Title

Course Description

Assessment

Teachers Involved

Year 13-14

GCE Applied Single Award Business Studies

This course has a vocational emphasis, and is based on the belief that a better understanding of business is achieved through active participation in the business environment. 

As the assessment section indicates there are four internally assessed portfolios (coursework) and these are based on local businesses which the students have the opportunity to research and engage with.  This practical approach is encouraged in particular  through Unit 9 where the students have the opportunity to set up and run a mini-enterprise.  This enables the students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the practices and techniques required in realistic business contexts as well as to develop skills as entrepreneurs, managers or employers.

The six unit award is broken down into 3 units in Year 13 and 3 units in Year 14 of all equal weighting.  It enables progression to study at further and higher education, training and employment. 

                                                                             

Four internally assessed portfolios:

Year 13 – (AS level)

Unit 1: The Enterprising Business

Unit 2: The Enterprising Manager

Year 14 – (A2 level)

Unit 9: Enterprise in Practice

Unit 11:  Marketing

Two external examinations:

Year 13

Unit 3:  External Influences on the Business Enterprise

Year 14

Unit 7:  Finance

Mrs L McCormack

Mrs S Grant

Mr K Coary

 

Potential jobs available from studying this subject:

General Manager, Accountant, Human Resource Manager, Marketing Consultant, Tourism Industry, Economist, Business Analyst, Teacher, Information Management, Law, Setting up in own Business (Entrepreneur) , Event Management.

 
 
 
 

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