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Business studies

Business studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Through its study students will discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions.

Students studying business studies typically move into higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business

Business studies allows access to a wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities.

The ICT and business studies team have high expectations of both staff and learners and they aim to deliver a varied, interesting and engaging programme of study which will give learners the opportunity to experience the diverse aspects of our subject area.

BUSINESS CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR YEARS 9-11

Year

Term

Units of Work

Assessments

 9

Autumn

1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business, 1.1.2 Risk and reward, 1.1.3 The role of business enterprise, 1.2.1 Customer needs , 1.2.2 Market research, 1.2.3 Market segmentation, 1.2.4 The competitive environment- End of topic assessment

 

Spring

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

1.4 Making the business effective

1.3.1 Business aims and objectives, 1.3.2 Business revenues, costs and profits, 1.3.3 Cash and cash-flow, 1.3.4 Sources of business finance, 1.4.1 The options for start-up and small businesses, 1.4.2 Business location, 1.4.3 The marketing mix, 1.4.4 Business plans- End of topic assessment

 

Summer

1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Cereal Box Challenge

1.5.1 Business stakeholders, 1.5.2 Technology and business, 1.5.3 Legislation and business, 1.5.4 The economy and business, 1.5.5 External influences- End of topic assessment

 10

Autumn

2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

2.1.1 Business growth, 2.1.2 Changes in business aims and objectives, 2.1.3 Business and globalisation, 2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business, 2.2.1 Product, 2.2.2 Price, 2.2.3 Promotion, 2.2.4 Place , 2.2.5 Using the marketing mix to make business decisions-  End of topic assessment

 

Spring

2.3 Making operational decisions

2.4 Making financial decisions

2.3.1 Business operations, 2.3.1 Business operations, 2.3.2 Working with suppliers, 2.3.3 Managing quality, 2.3.4 The sales process, 2.4.1 Business calculations, 2.4.2 Understanding business performance , 2.4.2 Understanding business performance- End of topic assessment

 

Summer

2.5 Making human resource decisions

 

2.5.1 Organisational structures, 2.5.2 Effective recruitment, 2.5.3 Effective training and development, 2.5.4 Motivation- End of topic assessment

 11

Autumn

2.2 Making marketing decisions- RECAP

2.3 Making operational decisions- RECAP

All assessments follow recap of each topic. These are graded internally.

 

Spring

2.4 Making financial decisions- RECAP

2.5 Making human resource decisions- RECAP

All assessments follow recap of each topic. These are graded internally.

GCSE COURSE INFORMATION

Qualification & Board

 Pearson Edexcel GCSE Business

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

The course content for GCSE Business is shown below:

Theme 1: Investigating small business

  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity
  • Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: Building a business

  • Topic 2.1 Growing the business
  • Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions
  • Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions
  • Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
  • Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Potential Career paths

Law, Accountancy, Marketing, Running your own business

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

Theme 1: Investigating small business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification 90 marks Content overview

Theme 2: Building a business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification 90 marks Content overview

Core or Option

 Option

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 1

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

 1 GCSE