Head of Department: Mr C R Ross
Teachers: Mr D Crothers, Mr M Sood, and Mrs J B Girdlestone
The Business Studies and Economics department is one of the largest at A Level, while Business Studies is one of the most popular options at GCSE. The department is dedicated not only to academic excellence, but to equip all students with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for further study and ultimately for the world of work.
Young Enterprise, Bank of England Target 2.0 competition and planned trips to national-scale businesses
Individuals and organizations that are good react quickly to change. Individuals and organizations that are great create change. (Robert Kriegel, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers)
GCSE: Years 10 and 11
GCSE Course Content
Year 10 – new specification to be confirmed (@Oct 2016)
Curriculum Outline: An introduction to the business. This includes investigating start up businesses and the different challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Students learn about the different functions of the business, including finance, operations, human resources and marketing.
Assessment / Examination – No examinations in Year 10
Curriculum Outline: Students go on to investigate growth of businesses, and the problems as well as opportunities they face as they expand. This includes looking at large scale operations, financial statements, organisational structure in a large business and national marketing.
Assessment / Examination – 2 exams (50% each)
Exam Board – tbd (currently AQA)
Link to Specification: tbd (currently http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/business/specifications/AQA-8132-SP-2017-V1-0.PDF)
A Level: Years 12 and 13
Entry requirement: GCSE grade B in Business Studies or a 6 in another humanities subject, and a 6 in Maths.
To get an understanding of how businesses operate in an ever changing environment. Excellent for students considering any profession (everyone will work for an organisation!) and any degree course.
Theme 1: Marketing and People
Theme 2: Finance and Operations
Theme 3: Strategic business decision making
Theme 4: Global business
3 exams at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business 35%
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategies 35%
Paper 3: Investigating businesses in a competitive environment 30%
Exam Board: Edexcel
- Through the subjects’ very nature, students will develop an understanding of the world of work. Students study the application process for jobs, the importance of the interview and workforce planning. They understand the changing dynamics of the labour market and how they can best plan for their future careers from this.
- Strong links with AXA-PPP, who have hosted enterprise days with the help of Year 12 students
- Mock interview process within GCSE and A Level Business
- University and personal statement support
- Enterprise education delivered by the department through drop-down days and Young Enterprise