Business is practical, applied and exciting. We aim to prepare students for the dynamic world of commerce whether this is as consumers, employers or employees.
With a better understanding of the commercial world, students can be effective participators and leaders within it. Students will learn about real life industry both on a small and large scale. Business prepares students with many life skills such as communication, problem solving, time management, team work and decision making. Whether the aim is to pursue an academic career, train for a profession or become an entrepreneur the necessary knowledge and skills will be provided.
KS3 Year 9
Students can opt to study business in year 9. These students will learn about the purpose and ownership of business, develop their enterprise and innovation abilities and cover key aspects the enterprise curriculum for schools (personal finance and economic understanding).
KS4 (Years 10-11)
GCSE Business Studies – year 10 and 11 students can opt to take the full GCSE. This qualification encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study, gaining an insight into business related sectors.
Students will be introduced to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. They will explore the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. Students are encouraged to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives. Students will appreciate that businesses grow and the issues that expansion raises.
Students complete controlled assessment work in lessons (worth 25%) and study for end of course examinations (worth 75%).
The GCSE prepares students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
BTEC Business Studies – this course aims to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the business sector. Students will be introduced to the world of business – how businesses work, what they do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that could determine whether they are successful or not. Students will be encouraged to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students will develop knowledge of the fundamental areas of business finance. They will learn about the costs involved in business and how a business makes a profit, how a business plans for success and to avoid financial difficulty, and how to put together financial statements.
Students are mostly assessed internally with one unit assessed externally.
The BTEC course supports the progression of students to study level 3 courses, apply for apprenticeships or to enter employment within a wide range of job roles.