The Business Studies department offers qualifications at key stages 4 and 5. Each course is designed to allow students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding that are relevant to the real world. Students develop through specialist teaching and undertake activities that results in differentiated assessment evidence. In all areas there is a strong emphasis on the support, guidance and tutoring of individual students.
The department enters teams into many competitions including Griffins Nest and Base and have an excellent record of success winning regional titles on numerous occasions.
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 Nestlé and Aviva. Visits to many organisations are arranged including Coca Cola, St Gobain, Tesco, Top Shop, The Monk Bar Hotel, CPP and the NHS. Our students also have the opportunity to take part in a 3 day residential trip to Disneyland, Paris.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Business (OCR)
Business, Activity, Marketing and People (exam worth 50%)
Business Operations, Finance and Influences on Business (exam worth 50%)
-Each 80 marks and 1.5 hrs
Level 2 BTEC Award in Business and Enterprise
Students will study three units:
Unit 1 – Explorinf Enterprises – Internally Assesed Coursework (30%)
Unit 2 – Planning For and Running an Enterprise – Internally Assessed Coursework (30%)
Unit 3 Promotion and Finance for Enterprise – Externally Assessed (40%)
Key Stage 5
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
3 exams for A level – each 100 marks and 2hrs
2 exams for AS level – each 80 marks and 1.5 hrs
Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Business
This award is the equivalent of 2 A levels and offers students a more practical approach to study with 5 units of coursework, 2 controlled assessment units and 1 external exam.