Business Studies


Normal life in our country today would clearly not be possible without businesses. Business studies therefore employs an analytical, evaluative and investigative approach to the subject. It gives students the skills and knowledge to understand how businesses are set up and managed.

Business studies lesson explode into life with:

  • Animated presentation which enables students to understand key examination techniques
  • Interactive activities which are fun and lively exercises that seek to introduce and reinforce key concepts
  • Short video case studies and supporting worksheets to illustrate key concepts as well as giving students ideas for integrating the video into lessons

We follow the OCR GCSE Business Studies specification, full details can be found here

Three units are considered in KS4 Business Studies:

Unit 1: Marketing and Enterprise (25 percent)

This unit is the controlled assessment which is internally assessed and externally moderated. It will be based on ten hours of research/data collection carried out by students and another six hours for writing the report. Key topics to be considered here include “Market Research and Analysis” and the “Marketing Mix”.

Unit 2: Business and People (25 percent)

This unit is externally assessed by means of an unseen question- and -answer style of examination paper. Students will be examined in June, Year 11. Some of the key areas to be covered include “Organisation, Growth and location of Businesses” “Public and Private Sector Businesses”, Employment, Retention, Training and Motivation of employees” and “Trade Unions”.

Unit 3: Production, Finance and External Business Environment (50 percent)

Again, this unit is externally assessed by means of an unseen question-and-answer style examination based on a “pre-released “ case study material. Students will be examined in June Year 11. Some of key topics that must be covered include “Sources of Finance, Cash Flow and Profit”, “Business Ethics”, “Competition” “Globalisation” and the “European Union”

As a department we are always looking at ways of making the subject as practical and hands on as possible. We organise a trip for all business studies students annually to help them with their controlled assessment. We also encourage businesses to deliver talks to our students. Recently we had the owner of Pageant Party in Newbury to deliver a talk to help students with their controlled assessment.

Year 12

AS Business

This is the academic route where student study the key topics which need to be analysed when starting a business and when analysing and improving the performance going forward. Students will look into topics including finance, marketing and operations. There are two units to study both of which are examined with unit 1 worth 40% and unit 2 worth 60%.

BTEC Business Level 3

This is the vocational route where students will have to complete 6 units over 2 years with all units being based around coursework. Students will learn key business concepts including; marketing, finance, business ethics and operations. Each unit is graded as a pass, merit or distinction which contribute to an overall grade.

Year 13

A2 Business

This is the academic route where students will focus on growing a business and analysing the external influences on a business. Students will perform ratio analysis, and look at themes such as political and social impacts on a business. There are two examined units with unit 3 being worth 40% and unit 4 worth 60%.

BTEC Business Level 3

This is the vocational route where students will have to complete 6 units over 2 years with all units being based around coursework. Students will learn key business concepts including; marketing, finance, business ethics and operations. Each unit is graded as a pass, merit or distinction which contribute to an overall grade.

 

Business Students visit London's Financial District

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