Business

 

Staffing
Mr Corner - Head of Faculty
Mr Daws - Business Studies Teacher (G and T Co-ordinator)
Mrs Warrington - Business Studies Teacher
Mr Shah - Business Studies Teacher

 

Course Content

KS4
GCSE Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Business Studies GCSE Syllabi.

The GCSE is separated into 3 units;

Unit 1- Introduction to Small Business
This unit contains five topics:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context

 

Unit 2- Investigating Small Business (Controlled Assessment)
This unit contains five topics:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context

 

Unit 3- Building a Business
This unit contains five topics:

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business

 

BTEC
Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Level 2 BTEC Award in Business Studies Syllabi (equivalent to 1 GCSE).

The course is separated into 4 units;
Unit 1- Enterprise in the Business World
Unit 2- Finance for Business
Unit 3- Promoting a Brand
Unit 8- Recruitment, Selection and Employment

 

KS5
GCE (A Level)
Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Business Studies GCE Syllabi.

The GCE is separated into 4 units;

Unit 1- Developing New Business ideas
This unit contains the following topics:

  • Characteristics of successful entrepreneurs¬†
  • Identifying a business opportunity
  • Evaluating a business opportunity
  • Economic considerations
  • Financing the new business idea
  • Measuring the potential success of a business idea
  • Putting a business idea into practice

 

Unit 2- Managing the Business
This unit contains the following topics:

  • Marketing plan
  • Managing the provision process
  • Managing other people
  • How does a business budget effectively?

 

Unit 3- International Business
This unit contains the following topics:

  • Why does a business seek international markets?
  • Key players in the world economy
  • How does a company decide which countries to target?
  • Other considerations before trading internationally
  • Globalisation
  • Are multinationals a force for good or should they be controlled?

 

Unit 4- Making Business Decisions
This unit contains the following topics:

  • Corporate objectives and strategy
  • Making strategic decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Company growth

 

BTEC
Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Studies Syllabi (equivalent to 3 A levels).

The course is separated into 18 units;

Unit 1- The Business Environment
Unit 2- Business Resources
Unit 3- Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4- Business Communication
Unit 5- Business Accounting
Unit 9- Creative Product Promotion
Unit 10- Market Research in Business
Unit 13- Recruitment and Selection in Business
Unit 16- Human Resource Management in Business
Unit 18- Managing a Business Event
Unit 19- Developing Teams in Business
Unit 23- Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process
Unit 27- Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Workplace
Unit 29- Understanding Retailing
Unit 33- The Impact of Communications Technology on Business
Unit 36- Starting a Small Business
Unit 37- Understanding Business Ethics
Unit 38- Business and the Economic Environment

 

How Learners Are Assessed

KS4
GCSE Learners will be assessed formatively and summatively to ensure progress is identified at all stages. The weighting of assessment for each unit can be seen below:

  • Unit 1- 25%
  • Unit 2- 25%
  • Unit 3- 50%

 

KS5
Learners will be assessed formatively and summatively to ensure progress is identified at all stages. The weighting of assessment for each unit can be seen below:

  • Unit 1- 25%
  • Unit 2- 25%
  • Unit 3- 25%
  • Unit 4- 25%

 

Homework
Homework is a vital part of the modular courses and includes a variety of different tasks, e.g. researching, assessing, analysing and written work. It is intended to be an extension of work done in the lesson or a preparation for the next lesson and it provides an opportunity to develop independent study skills. It is set every week at both KS4 and KS5.


Revision, Intervention and Enrichment
The Business Studies faculty offer Homework and intervention classes after school from Tuesday-Friday. KS4 classes are available for those needing help with Homework on Tuesday and Wednesdays for those learners aiming to improve progress in the subject. KS5 classes are available on Thursdays and Fridays for those targeted for further intervention.