Welcome to Business Studies
Departmental Aims: In order to reflect the priorities of the school and provide an education that is valued by and valuable to all, the department aims to –
- To enable students to appreciate and be critical of the business world, its influences and implications
- To generate interest, enthusiasm and confidence in the subject, to stimulate curiosity and enjoyment of Business Studies
- To set high standards for students, to develop a variety of desirable and marketable personal qualities and prepare them for the next step in education or for employment
There are two dedicated, fully equipped business studies rooms in the stable block and we host a range of visiting speakers from a range of businesses including Nestle, Aviva, Xing Smoothies and Tesco. Visits to many organisations are arranged including Coca Cola, St Gobain, Tesco, Top Shop, The Monk Bar Hotel, CPP and the NHS.
KS4 GCSE Business Studies
Unit 1 – Business and people (exam worth 25%)
Unit 2 – A controlled marketing or enterprise assessment (worth 25%)
Unit 3 – Production, finance and the external environment (exam worth 50%)
KS5 A level Business (Edexcel)
The A level is structured into 4 themes:
Theme 1 – Introduction to Marketing & People
Theme 2 – Introduction to Business Activities (production & finance)
Theme 3 – Explores Business Decisions and Strategy
Theme 4 – Explores Global Business
Themes 1 & 2 are the same for both the AS and A level specifications
3 exams for A level – each 100 marks and 2hrs
2 exams for AS level – each 80 marks and 1.5 hrs
KS5 APPLIED BUSINESS (Double A Level) (AQA)
On this course 12 units of work are completed across the two years.
8 of them are portfolios (coursework) and the other four are external exams(*). Each unit has an equal weighting.