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Business Studies

Within the Business department we aim to create a safe and effective teaching and learning environment… 

  • Where the students and staff feel valued
  • Where staff and students are engaged in the teaching and learning process
  • Where feedback is provided to help improve the learning of students both now and in the future
  • Where the wellbeing of staff and students is a priority

All teaching groups are mixed ability and the department works hard to encompass teaching and learning strategies for all levels and abilities.

We use a variety of resources to help facilitate this, including Business specific films and presentations, classroom interactive white board resources and information available through our Virtual Learning Environment and Fronter.

Key Stage 4

Business Applied GCSE – What is it?
Initially you will study an introduction to small business. This contains five topics: spotting a business opportunity, showing enterprise, putting a
business idea into practice, making the start-up effective and understanding the economic context. Students will also learn how to build a business and business communication. The amount of homework will be similar to other GCSE subjects.  Some of the homework will include testing knowledge, researching and completing your preparation for your assignments.

 The Business Studies GCSE is part controlled assessment coursework and part examination. There are two exams and one piece of controlled assessment. Examination one (unit 1) is worth 25% which is all multiple choice. Examination two (unit 3) is worth 50%, which has shorter answer questions based on well-known business. The controlled assessment (unit 2) is worth 25% and focuses on one section of the unit 1 content.     The examination and the coursework will be based on topics taught to you, researched by you, or relevant trips to business enterprises.

Course Structure

Unit 1: worth 25%- examination
This unit focuses on how businesses start-up and what they need to succeed.

Unit 2: worth 25%- controlled assessment
This unit focuses on applying the knowl3edge the students have learnt to a specific business.

Unit 3: worth 50%- examination
This unit focuses on the different departmental areas in a business and their role in the business.

Examination Board Syllabus No:  EDEXCEL Business Studies 1501

Other skills you will develop

  • You will gain the skills to study more independently.
  • You will gain general business knowledge, which will be useful in your future working life
  • You will work as a team, contributing in group work activities and part of the controlled assessment is marked on your capacity to contribute fully in a group work situation
  • Your communication skills and your presentation skills will develop.

Career opportunities
This course can lead you towards continuing your education at A-level, BTEC National level, Diploma level, or the course is a good grounding for your first job.

Possible future careers; Administration Assistant/Manager, Telesales Operative, Customer Services Assistant/Manager, or the basic skills to become a Business Woman.

To support your daughter’s learning within the subject it is recommended that you:

  • Encourage your daughter to develop a wider interest in business
  • Encourage her to watch the news/look at the BBC news website for general news and business news
  • Encourage her to be aware of specific business events, such as the budget, interest rate changes, new laws and legislation, etc
  • Encourage her to look at newspaper articles to do with business
  • Encourage her to watch programmes that are entertaining but business linked, such as The Apprentice, Dragons Den, Mary Queen of Shops, etc
  • Encourage her to show you the projects set, available on Fronter

Extra Curricular

We offer a weekly after-school help and advice club for KS4 students.

We also offer trips. For example Cadbury’s World which is the basis of the first assignment of the BTEC KS4 course and a good introduction to production processes and marketing for KS5. We have also organised a trip to Thorpe Park where we had an Educational Talk and discussion, in addition to the rides!