Business Studies

Department Staff

Mrs L. Stratton

Mrs B Farrell

Mr J Hallum

Mr A Pau

 

The Business Studies Department teaches students how to understand the stimulating and complex world of Business, how it operates internally and its interaction with an ever changing environment.

The Business Studies Department aims to achieve the following:

* A rewarding and stimulating learning experience for students.

* The learning and application of business studies theory to the world of today.

* Specific and measurable learning outcomes in preparation for the examination.

* A broad range of transferable skills and useful knowledge in preparation for further study and/or working life.

The Business Studies Department consists of a large, dedicated and resourced based classroom on the ground floor of the Tower building. The teaching room is well equipped with a computer for each student, featuring monitored access to the internet and school intranet. A learning resource used to good effect is a screen projector with an integrated computer, holding a variety of business studies programmes. DVD business films are shown at regular stages throughout the course.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 11 – AQA

How is the course assessed:

* Unit 1 Exam at the end of year 11

* Unit 2 Exam carried out at the end of year 11

* Unit 3 controlled assessment carried out in year 10 and 11

The units covered are: Setting up a business; Growing as a Business; investigating businesses. Unit 1 is covered in year 10 while unit 3, a controlled assessment is covered at the end of year 10 and start of year 11. Unit 2 is covered through year 11

Pupils do find the subject challenging and must be prepared to work hard and be resilient to gain the top grades for this course.

Unit 1 is assessed through an exam paper with short and extended writing answers worth 40%

Unit 2 is assessed through an exam paper with short and extended writing answers worth 35%

Unit 3 Controlled assessment is an investigation into a business worth 25%

 

Year 10/9 – 2017 intake

How is the course assessed:

* Theme 1 Exam at the end of year 11

* Theme 2 Exam carried out at the end of year 11

Delivery will be through case studies and requires you to apply business theories and concepts and make decisions explaining your reasons. Various resources are used in order to allow you to show initiative and originality such as topical business DVDs and newspaper updates to bring the theory to life. You will have the opportunity to participate in various trips and visits to enhance your learning. Business Studies is taught in a networked computer room and the units will be completed using IT with you using various computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and desktop publishing. IT skills are not assessed but have a strong cross-curricular link.

Unit

Assessment method

Time

Percentage of Grade

Theme 1: Investigating small businesses

External exam

90 minutes

50%

Theme 2: Building a Business

External exam

90 Minutes

50%

Pupils do find the subject challenging and must be prepared to work hard and be resilient to gain the top grades for this course.

 

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