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Business Studies

 

Learning Journey|Curriculum Overview

The Business department consists of highly experienced, dedicated and successful group of teachers who are very enthusiastic about their subject. Their aim is share their love for the subject and enable students to become successful entrepreneurs of the future.

The subject is very popular amongst students, as the combination of academic challenge and practical focus, along with obtaining lifelong skills and knowledge, makes the subject very real for them.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Btec Level 2 First Award Business specification. Students will study a range of topics over two years from Marketing to Human Resource Management and the course allows the students to link education and the world of work in an engaging, relevant and practical ways. 

The assessment is in the form of two online examination and three pieces of coursework and students will learn and develop transferrable skills, such as working with others, problem solving, independent study, personal learning and thinking skills.

At Key Stage 5, we follow the OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma Business specification. This is a two year course and it is designed for students that want to gain a level 3 qualification, so that they can go on to study a business related programme at higher education.

The course will give students an understanding of the wider external contexts in which businesses operate and of internal business functions and their independencies.  This will allow them to appreciate how legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints can affect business behaviour, as well as understanding the influence that stakeholders can have and how businesses must respond.

The assessment is in the form of two examinations and three pieces of coursework.  The course, just like the real business world, places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information, in order to make considered decisions and the students are given plenty of opportunities to gain these vital skills.  The students also get to develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and to manage their time effectively.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to watch the news
  • Read newspapers in print or online - especially the broadsheets
  • Discuss your experiences of dealing with businesses as an employee and customer