Business Studies is offered at both key stages 4 and 5. The examination board for both is Edexcel.

Mission statement:

As a department we believe that understanding the world of business involves the use of real life situations that are happening in the Business world.

In Business Studies our aim is for students to understand and appreciate the significance of business to themselves and to society as a whole.  Students will gain an understanding of how businesses are run and the way in which external influences affect the business world.   As a department we believe that understanding the world of business involves the use of real life situations that are happening in the Business world.

We are keen to promote independent learning and students are encouraged to make full use of the resources available on Fronter and in the library.

KEY STAGE 4

Curriculum Content: 

Students study Edexcel GCSE Business Studies

In Year 10, students will cover the content and prepare for Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business as well as undertaking preparations for the, Unit 2: Investigating a small business, controlled assessment in the summer term.

In Year 11, students will sit the Controlled Assessment within the first term and cover the content and prepare for Unit 3: Building a Business, followed by a revision programme.

Assessment:

Internal Assessment, including frequent testing will take place throughout the course at the end of every sub topic as well as full mock examinations of when the units are completed. Along with exam style questions being completed for homework. 

The GCSE is assessed in three units

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Businesses.

 - 45 minutes, multiple choice exam in Year 11

- Weighting - 25%

Unit 2: Investigating a Small Business

- 3 hours Controlled Assessment (sat in 2 sittings)

- Weighting - 25%

Unit 3: Building a Business

- 1hour 30 minutes, essay style questioning exam.

-  Weighting – 50%

KEY STAGE 5

Curriculum Content:

Key stage 5 New Syllabuses from 2015

 Business  A Level - Exam board Edexcel

A Level Business

In Year 12, the students will complete the first year of the A Level qualification.

There are two themes that are completed in Year 12.

  • Theme 1 – Marketing and People
    • Meeting Customer Needs
    • The Market
    • Marketing Mix and Strategy
    • Managing People
    • Entrepreneurs and Leaders
  • Theme 2 – Managing Business Activities
    • Raising Finance
    • Financial Planning
    • Managing Finance
    • Resource Management
    • External Influences

In Year 13, the students will build on the concepts that have been covered in year 12 and develop them further with the content below:

  • Theme 3 – Business decisions and strategy
    • Business Objectives and Strategy
    • Business Growth
    • Decision-Making Techniques
    • Influences on Business Decisions
    • Assessing Competitiveness
    • Managing Change
  • Theme 4 – Global Business
    • Globalisation
    • Global Markets and Business Expansion
    • Global Marketing
    • Global Industries and Companies (Multinational Corporations).

Internal Assessment, including end of topic exams as well as a variety of essay writing techniques will take place throughout the course. 

At the end of year 13; students will have 3 formal examinations.

  • Paper 1 – Marketing, people and global Business
    • Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, from local, national and global contexts.
    • There is a mixture of data response questions and extended open-response questions.
    • 2 hours’ examination
    • Weighting – 35%
  • Paper 2 – Business Activities, Decision and Strategy
    • Questions will be drawn from Theme 2 and 3, from local, national and global contexts.
    • There is a mixture of data response questions and extended open-response questions.
    • 2 hours’ examination
    • Weighting – 35%
  • Paper 3 – Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment
    • Questions will be drawn from all Themes 1, 2, 3 & 4
    • There is a mixture of data response questions and extended open-response questions which are based around a pre-release case study that is released in the November of year 13.
    • 2 hours’ examination
    • Weighting – 30%