|Head of Department|
|Mr J Crook|
|Ms R Baker|
|Ms S Golding|
|Miss A Wilson|
Business Studies is a course that students opt to study for GCSE and A Level. Business Studies has four members of staff who are fully trained and aware of modern developments within the Business forum. The department is principally based within the Business Studies Suite. This suite has 29 computers with ‘Flip-it’ desks. This allows the suite to have a dual purpose of a boardroom setting and a full computer suite.
In Business Studies we offer opportunities for students to study a wide range of business related issues on a variety of scales. This allows the students to be effective learners and:
Students will follow the WJEC specification.
The course consists of a controlled assessment that is worth 25% of the overall grade and one single exam of 2 hours in duration. The aims of the course are as follows:
Students will be taught for five periods a week. The courses innovative structure empowers students to develop an understanding of four units:
This unit covers the characteristics that students would need to have in order to be successful in business. Students analyse how new and existing businesses develop product/service ideas and test them through market research. Students will also consider the competition within the market; the economic climate; how the business may be financed and how much money the idea might generate.
This unit covers the key activities that students may be involved in if they were to set up and/or manage a business. The unit introduces students to some basic management tools and models which will be further developed in the A2 qualification.
This unit will introduce students to the world of international business and issues which a company trading internationally would have to consider.
This unit allows students to assess the current competitiveness of a business through performance and non-performance indicators. Students will analyse corporate objectives and strategy on the basis of these indicators and on the external influences to the business. Students will be required to assess the cause and effects of change on a business and examine how the company can manage risk effectively.
Throughout the course students will be involved in a range of learning activities which will allow them to develop important transferable key skills (numeracy, communication, ICT, problem solving, working independently and with others). Students will also further their understanding of social, moral, ethical, cultural, environmental, citizenship, and European issues within a business format.
There is no coursework for this qualification; all units will be assessed through external examination:
|Unit||Unit Name||Exam Duration||Section A||Section B|
|1||Developing New Business Ideas||75m||Supported Multiple Choice||Questions Based on data|
|2a||Managing the Business||75m||Supported Multiple Choice||Questions Based on data|
|3||International Business||90m||Questions Based on data||Case Study and questions|
|4a||Making Business Decisions||90m||Questions Based on data||Decision making report – pre-released in June of previous year|
Business Studies is a diverse and varied course, this means that it can be the foundation for many careers that students may choose to study. Obviously if you want to be the next Richard Branson and run your own business it is very useful. Other careers and further studies that can be directly linked to Business Studies include Finance, Law, Business Administration, Resource and Environmental Management, Personnel, Sales and Marketing.
A GCSE in Business Studies is not required but will help students when they start the course. The general requirements of entrance to the Sixth Form are required. An interest in current affairs and the world of business will aid student’s understanding of the course. Commitment, a positive attitude to their studies, and the ability to meet deadlines are essential.
Business Studies homework club runs on a Monday and a Thursday after school where students gain receive additional help, support and guidance with any issues relating to the subject.
Please see your Business Studies teacher for advice about this club.
In Year 9 students examine a range of issues relating to the business world. This is in preparation for the start of their controlled assessments and formal external examination in Year 10.
The lessons allow students to develop a board range of key skills such as:
Some of the topics covered within the Year 9 course include:
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