Business Studies

Business is an academic subject that gives students the opportunity to study the ideologies behind the way many businesses work in society today. The subject includes areas such as finance, business enterprise, marketing and economics. Business studies and economics are important not only because they give students an insight into how different types of business around them in society operate, but also as a means to helping our students develop an understanding of the effects of business and commerce on their everyday lives.

Business is not taught at key stage 3 and therefore no prior learning is required.

KS4

GCSE Business Studies: Unit 1 is delivered in year 10 and introduces students to the concepts involved with Setting up a Business. In this Unit we focus on small, local businesses and the key factors to success such as financial planning, ownership and marketing. Unit 2 is delivered in year 11 and it builds on the key principles and theory developed in Unit 1 but focuses on Growing a Business; the concepts learnt in year 10 are applied to global organizations and students learn how ownership, business operations and management structures change as companies grow.

Unit 3 is a controlled assessment which consists of researching a contemporary business issue, such as the need for Social Enterprises. Students are required to carry out real research and to complete a business report on their findings – Unit 3 is delivered between Year 10 and Year 11 to allow students the time to develop and apply a breadth of knowledge to their research and report.

GCSE Business is assessed by two written examinations and a single controlled assessment.

Year 10 assessment

Unit 1 – Setting up a Business

  • 1 hour examination – sat at the end of year 11
  • 40% of total GCSE mark – externally assessed.

Year 11 assessment

Unit 2 - Growing a Business

  •  1 hour examination.
  •  35% of total GCSE mark – externally assessed.

Unit 3 – Investigating a Business

  • Controlled assessment.
  • 25% of total GCSE mark – internally assessed, externally moderated.

Additional information about the course can be found using the hyperlink below.
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/gcse/business-subjects-and-economics-4130/spec-at-a-glance

BTEC First Award in Business - EdExcel/Pearson

The BTEC First Award in business introduces students to the areas of enterprise, finance, marketing and recruitment and selection. The course is equivalent to an A*-C GCSE qualification but provides students with a more vocational approach to business rather than a traditional theoretical approach.

The BTEC First Award in business is assessed by three internal assignments and a single online external assessment. All BTEC work is graded at Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) or Distinction* (D*). Respectively, these are equivalent to either C, B, A or A* grades at GCSE.

Year 10 assessment
Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business Word
Coursework unit– internally assessed.  25% of total mark
Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand
Coursework unit – internally assessed. 25% of total mark

Year 11 assessment
Unit 2 - Finance for Business
Online examination – externally assessed. 25% of total mark
Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment.
Coursework unit – internally assessed. 25% of total mark

Additional information about the course can be found using the hyperlink below.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/business-2012-nqf.html

KS5

Our sixth form students study a range of Business courses, from foundation (facilitator) courses to Level 3 National BTEC courses.

BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Business

This is an introductory vocational qualification that provides students with the opportunity to gain specific knowledge and understanding of concepts required for the business world. This facilitator course allows students who are sitting iGCSE English and Math to obtain the grades required to access Level 3 BTEC and/or A Level courses next year. The course is completed within one academic year. Each student completes the units listed below

Unit 1 – Enterprise in the business world
Unit 2 – Finance for Business (external examination)
Unit 3 – Promoting a brand
Unit 5 – Sales and personal selling
Unit 6 – Introduction to Retail
Unit 8 – Recruitment, selection and employment
Unit 9 – Principles of marketing (external examination)
Unit 12 – introducing law and consumer rights

All units with exception to Units two and nine are coursework based. The coursework units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Additional information about the course can be found using the hyperlink below.
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/business-2012-nqf.html

BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Business Level 3 (QSF)

This qualification is in its final year, nationally. The QCF Level 3 in Business is currently being completed by our year 13 cohort. The course provides students with a broad knowledge of the world of business.  In year 12 and 13 students must complete six internally assessed (externally moderated) assignments.  Year 12 grades are then combined with their year 13 grades to give them an overall qualification. Students will achieve a single qualification equivalent to one A- level. The grade range for the BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma are Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) or Distinction* (D*).

Year 12 assessment
Unit 1 - The Business Environment        
Unit 2 -  Business Resources
Unit 13 - Recruitment and Selection in Business

Year 13 assessment
Unit 3 - Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4 - Business Communication
Unit 16 -HR Management in Business

Additional information about the course can be found using the hyperlink below.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/business-2010.html#tab-1

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/business-2016.html

BTEC National Certificate in Business Level 3 (NQF)

The new specification from Pearson (NQF) has been restructured to ensure more rigorous delivery and testing of the sub-topics delivered in Business Studies. The NQF Level 3 Qualification carries the same weight as A Levels in the UCAS system.

We offer two Qualifications at Level 3:

Business Studies Extended Certificate (NQF)
This course consists of 4 Units which are delivered across year 12 and year 13. The course consists of course work-based tasks, controlled assessments and an examination. The Extended Certificate in Business is graded with a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *. This course is the equivalent to one A Level and the grades obtained carry the A Level scoring system when applying for UCAS.

Year 12 Units
Unit 1 – Exploring Business.       
Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign.

Year 13 Units
Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance.
Unit 4 – Managing an Event.

Business Studies National Diploma (NQF)
This course consists of 8 Units which are delivered across year 12 and year 13. The course consists of course work-based tasks, controlled assessments and an examination. The Diploma in Business is graded with a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *. This course is the equivalent to two A Levels and the grades obtained carry the A Level scoring system when applying for UCAS.

Year 12 Units
Unit 1 – Exploring Business.       
Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign.
Unit 22 – Market Research       
Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process.

Year 13 Units
Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance.
Unit 4 – Managing an Event.
Unit 5 – International Business.      
Unit 6 – Principles of Management.