Subject overview: Business and related subjects (finance, accounting, management and economics) are among the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide. Why? Well, business touches on pretty much every aspect of modern human society. Careers with a business degree are diverse and often highly paid. Anyone who is planning on working in industry and any prospective entrepreneurs should consider studying business, however all people should learn as much about business as possible as knowledge about how businesses operate helps increase competitiveness in the job market and to understand how businesses influence our world. Business Studies is therefore highly desirable for many careers, whether they are directly business related or as a useful complement to another career path.
What we cover in each year group: Edexcel GCSE Business Studies. This course starts in Year 10 with the key issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. Year 11 builds on this introduction by examining how a business develops and grows beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on practical methods used to build up a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, customer service, financial and people management. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the success or failure of a business.
|Year 12||Year 13|
|Theme 1: Marketing and People. In this theme, students are introduced to the market, explore marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start up.||
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy. In this theme, students explore the influences on business strategy and decision-making. Students build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Theme 2 and make connections across these two themes.
|Theme 2: Managing Business Activities. In this theme, students explore finance and operations functions, and investigate external influences on business.||Theme 4: Global Business. In this theme, students explore business activity in a global context. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in previous themes.|
|Year 12||Year 13|
|Unit 1 Financial Planning and Analysis (External Examination)||Unit 4 Managing and Leading People (External Examination)|
|Unit 2 Business Dynamics (Internally Centre Assessed)||Unit 5 Developing a Business Proposal (Internally Centre Assessed)|
|Unit 3 Entrepreneurial Opportunities (External Assignment)||
Unit 7 Managing an Event: Additional Optional Unit (Internally Centre Assessed)
Qualifications and pathways: Business Studies suits students who wish to follow either the academic route through university as well as those who decide that they are more suited to an apprenticeship. Careers related to Business qualifications are numerous and include:
Enrichment opportunities: We organise visits and student conferences which give varied insights into the ways actual businesses operate. We also ensure students get coaching from examiners on how to get the very best grades in their exams. In Year 10 and 12 you also get the chance to invest a virtual £100,000 into stocks and shares via the Student Investor challenge. You pit your wits against thousands of other students across the country to see who can generate the biggest returns and pick the best investments.
Head of Department: Mr Timothy