Business is a dynamic, exciting, and challenging study of the business world around us. It investigates topical studies such as Brexit and analyses the impact on businesses and our economy, which in turn affect you and me. It also creates opportunities to explore your strengths and help develop entrepreneurial characteristics such as drive and determination. Every day is different in a fast moving economy so we must keep up-to-date and this makes the subject fun and relevant.
Key Stage 3
Business is not a discrete subject at Key Stage 3, however there are embedded activities that take place as part of the Building Learning Power programme. These include the "Tenner Challenge" which invites groups of students to develop their creative and entrepreneurial skills in setting up small business enterprises to multiply their investment. In addition there is the "Enterprise Challenge" which is a series of group activities culminating in a half day event where students create and present their own brand of confectionery product to a team of Business Sixth Form judges.
Key Stage 4
The study of GCSE business is a dynamic and fascinating one. We will be using contemporary business contexts to provide a real and relevant insight into the running of a business in an ever changing world. The course will provide students with the opportunity to study local business examples in Theme 1 through to the study of international brands students recognise in Theme 2.
Year 10 - Concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. Many young people will be thinking about setting up their own business in the future and this study will provide an excellent insight into the skills and qualities required. It provides a framework for students to explore concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.
Year 11 - builds on the first year and examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It explores topics such as marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It uses these key business concepts to explore the issues and decisions required to help grow a business. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. This will include the ethical and social decisions international businesses have to make in a complex globalised economy.
Method of Assessment
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Structure: 2 external examinations (50% each at end of Year 11)
Pathways after Year 11
Business GCSE aims to develop students' understanding of many concepts and situations that will be encountered after leaving school. It is an excellent foundation for Advanced Level Courses in Business and Economics, or simply to develop some of the key skills and knowledge required to set up your own business.
Such is the real and relevant use of case studies that students will be more informed of the globalised nature of business and the economy. This will be important knowledge when pursuing any career in a dynamic economy such as the UK. The course can also act as a catalyst to pursue careers in areas such as accountancy, marketing, human resources and public relations.
Key Stage 5
Business is studied at A Level. This course looks at a wide range of inter-related topical issues and ideas such as the impact of Brexit on UK business. It is a dynamic course where you have to keep a close eye on world events. Indeed we even have to begin considering the impact Donald Trump's presidency is having on international trade.
Mr C Kilpatrick
Business Subject Leader