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Business studies

Business studies

Business makes the world go round! Our curriculum introduces students to the world of businesses and looks at what makes someone a successful businessperson.

Our curriculum explores the interdependence of economic prosperity, societal well-being and the environment and encourages students to think and act as responsible and ethical citizens.

Students will be provided with a set of foundational skills, understandings and personal attributes, which will help them to engage with the dynamic business environment and fulfil their potential in their personal and professional lives, now and into the future.

Business studies also supports the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, encouraging students to be problem solvers. It reinforces the development of students’ numeracy, literacy and digital technology skills by providing a real-life context for their application.

At Key Stage 4, students will find out how entrepreneurs develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn that into a successful business. They understand how to make a business effective and manage money. Students will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved. They will explore financial aspects of business and be able to interpret and analyse real life business scenarios. 

At Key Stage 5, our curriculum builds on students’ learning at KS4 but also provides opportunities for students to begin studying business for the first time at sixth form. Our curriculum encourages students to develop an appreciation of how their lives are shaped by economic and social factors. They are enabled to make informed decisions, to better manage their personal financial resources and to be adaptable, creative, and enterprising.

In both key stages, business studies supports the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, encouraging students to be problem solvers. It reinforces the development of students’ numeracy, literacy and digital technology skills by providing a real-life context for their application.

BTEC business

BTEC National Business is taught over two years. You are assessed throughout Year 12 and Year 13 by four modules of work, both written examinations and coursework, which are externally marked.

Year 12

Topics taught and learning outcomes

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

The Year 12 Business Studies curriculum covers Unit 1 -  Exploring Business and

Unit 2 - Developing a Marketing Campaign.

By the end of Year 12, you will have completed one core piece of coursework and one controlled coursework exam. Unit 2 is focused around a pre-release case study which is released by Edexcel before the exam takes place.

List of topics taught

Unit 1

A - Explore the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them successful

B - Investigate how businesses are organised

C - Examine the environment in which businesses operate

D - Examine business markets

E - Investigate the role and contribution of innovation and enterprise to business success

Unit 2

A - Introduction to the principles and purposes of marketing that underpin the creation of a rationale for a marketing campaign

B - Using information to develop the rationale for a marketing campaign

C - Planning and developing a marketing campaign

 

 

Year 13

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year 

The Year 13 Business Studies curriculum covers Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance and Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process.

Unit 3 is an externally assessed examination and Unit 8 is a piece of coursework.

List of topics taught

Unit 3

A Understand the importance of managing personal finance

B Explore the personal finance sector

C Understand the purpose of accounting

D Select and evaluate different sources of business finance

E Break-even and cash flow forecasts

F Complete statements of comprehensive income and financial position and evaluate a business's performance

Unit 8

A: Examine how effective recruitment and selection contribute to business success

B: Undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer

C: Reflect on the recruitment and selection process and your individual performance

A level business

A level Business is taught over two years. You are assessed at the end of Year 13 by three written examinations, which are externally marked.

In Year 12, you will study Theme 1 and Theme 2 and in Year 13, you will study Theme 3 and Theme 4. Our students thoroughly enjoy all aspect of Business Studies and many leave us to study Business degrees at university.

Year 12

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

The Year 12 Business Studies curriculum covers Theme 1 – Marketing and People and Theme 2 – Managing Business Activities.

List of topics taught

Meeting customer needs

The market

Marketing mix and strategy

Managing People

Entrepreneurs and leaders

Raising finance

Financial Planning

Managing finance

Resource management

External influences

Year 13

 

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

The Year 12 Business Studies curriculum covers Theme 3 – Business Decisions and Strategy, and Theme 4 – Global Business. Students will also research a pre-released context document which is released in November from Edexcel.

List of topics taught

Globalisation

Global markets and business expansion

Global marketing

Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Business objectives and strategy

Business growth

Decision-making techniques

Influences on business decisions

Assessing competitiveness

Managing change

Business studies has provided me with the skills I need to succeed at university. The staff were always there to help me and I really enjoyed my lessons.
Year 12 student