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Mrs Steadman (Head of Department)        
Ms Bhogal
Miss Sharma
Ms Jones

Department Overview

Are you confident, self-motivated, entrepreneurial and keen to succeed? Have you ever wondered why Simon Cowell is so successful and Richard Branson has enough money to send his paying customers to the moon? The answer isn’t difficult, it’s just GOOD BUSINESS!

Would you like to set up your own business like Alan Sugar or Levi Roots? Would you like to be a manager for a large business like Apple? Have you got an interest in the news and how the government and their policies affect your life? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then Business is the subject for you!
Business is a thriving Department that attempts to balance the twin objectives of introducing pupils to the world of Business and Entrepreneurship with the requirements of the exam specification. The Department ethos is to deliver creative and varied teaching styles to engage the students every lesson whilst giving students the best possible preparation for their exams. We use role plays, practical case studies, project based work, IT based learning and written work, depending on the topic being covered. Classroom discussions are considered vital and draw on real life examples in order to develop real understanding of the subject matter. We are a popular ‘option’ subject with approximately half of each cohort in years 9, 10 and 11 choosing to study Business. In 2014 The Business Department won the National Young Enterprise Competition “Tenner”, a prestigious National competition to find the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.

Curriculum Content

At Key Stage 4 we offer:

  • GCSE (Edexcel) Business
  • BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business ( a Progress 8 ‘bucket list’ option, equivalent to 1 GCSE)

GCSE Business

The three year GCSE course explores the creativity and enterprising skills needed to develop a successful small business idea. The course also explores in more depth how larger businesses function to ensure success and ultimately profits.

The course is split into three modules:

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business (25% of overall GCSE): This unit is assess through a 45 minute multiple choice/ data response paper (sat in Summer of Year 11)

Topics covered are:

  1. Spotting a Business Opportunity
  2. Showing Enterprise
  3. Putting a Business idea into practice
  4. Making the start-up effective
  5. The Economic Context

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (25% of overall GCSE): This unit covers the theory in Unit 1 but is assess by a research/ coursework task that is completed in timed, exam conditions.

Unit 3: Building a Business (50% of overall GCSE): This unit is assessed through a 90- minute structured exam paper. (Again sat in the Summer of Year 11)
Topics covered are:

  1. Marketing
  2. Meeting Consumer Needs
  3. Effective Financial Management
  4. Effective People Management
  5. The Wider World affecting Business

BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD IN BUSINESS (Progress 8 Bucket List Option) 1 GCSE Equivalent

A BTEC First Award in Business is a vocational related qualification, where students develop knowledge and understand by applying their learning and skills in a work related context.

This course is split into FOUR units:

Unit 1 ENTERPRISE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD (Core Unit) 25% of course: This is an internally assessed piece of coursework that is set in the context of the business working world. In this unit you will look at what is a Business? And what does a Business do? This unit is introduces you to the language and terminology used in business. You will explore different types of business ownership and how these relate to the size and scale of a business. You will plan an idea for a realistic business start-up in your local area, based on your research, select a format and then present the business model and plan.

Unit 2 FINANCE FOR BUSINESS (Core Unit) 25% of course: in this unit the students will look at revenue, costs, cash flow, break-even, profits and losses and financial management for a business. This unit is externally assessed through a 60 minute exam paper.

There will also be 2 additional units to be undertaken that are each worth 25%. They are both internally assessed. They will be 2 of the following optional units:

  • Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand
  • Unit 4 – Principles of Customer Service
  • Unit 5 – Sales and Personal Selling
  • Unit 6 – Introducing Retail Business
  • Unit 7 – Providing Business Support
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment

In addition to this, the qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop the communication skills needed for working in the business sector, as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions.
Progression from KS4: The above KS4 business courses are delivered through a variety of formal and informal teaching allowing students to become independent learners and gain relevant skills to progress into Sixth Form. A GCSE in Business can lead to further study in the Sixth From with both A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses available. This then can progress to business related courses at university. These courses can also help lead to, amongst others, careers in Banking, Insurance, Accountancy, Retailing, Manufacturing and Marketing.

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