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Business Studies

Year 9 Business

In Year 9 students complete an introduction to Business where initially they complete a study of businesses in the local area in the aim of identifying and planning a new local business idea. Throughout the year students will cover a range of topics taken from BTEC Level 2 and GCSE Business programmes of studies providing them with an understanding of a broad range of business activities. The main area of focus will be on business in the real world, with a number of topics supporting the learning including, purpose and nature of business, business ownership, setting business aims and objectives, stakeholders, business location, business planning and expanding a business. Furthermore, there will be lots of opportunity for students to take on business related tasks, like designing a new business idea and presenting this in front of the ‘dragons’.

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Business Studies

Subject Title AQA GCSE Business Studies
 

Two written exams at the end of year 11                     (100% of GCSE)

  • Both exams 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks each                                                                 
  • Each exam worth 50% of GCSE

Paper 1:
•  Business in the real world • Influences on business • Business operations • Human resources

Paper 2:

• Business in the real world • Influences on business • Marketing • Finance

Expectations of Students Regularly practice exam papers and complete homework on time and to a good standard. Attendance at revision/booster sessions during term time and holidays. To be an active learner in class, contributing to class discussions and group work tasks. 
Course Description

The students will apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. In addition, students will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.
Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

  • The interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making
  • How different business contexts affect business decisions
  • The use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.

The specification requires students to draw on the knowledge and understanding to: 

  • Use business terminology to identify and explain business activity
  • Apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • Develop problem solving and decision making skills relevant to business
  • Investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues
  • Make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills.
  • Make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills.

Year 10 & 11 BTEC Business

Subject Title NQF Edexcel BTEC First in Business
Assessment

There are four units, of which 1 is assessed through a terminal exam and 3 through the completion of assignments. 

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World - Series of internally assessed assignments (25%)

Unit 2: Finance for Business – External exam (25%)

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand - Series of internally assessed assignments (25%)

Unit 6: Introducing Retail Business - Series of internally assessed assignments (25%)

Expectations Outside of Classroom Regular homework, research and revision. Attendance on a business related educational visit (Non-residential).
Course Description

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business

In this unit students will explore different types of business ownership and how these relate to the size and scale of a business, as well as how the type of ownership impacts on the responsibilities of the owners of a business. They 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
In this unit, you will explore the types of costs that businesses incur, from the initial start-up costs involved in setting up a business to the ongoing daily costs of running the business. You will then explore the ways in which the sale of products and services generates revenue, so that you can develop your understanding of profit.

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
In this unit, you will find out what it takes to build a brand and what a business has to consider when planning brand development. You will investigate the importance of branding to a business, the types of branding that are available and why businesses need to review and update their brands.

This unit investigates selling as businesses have always relied on sales staff to sell goods and services in person and, in doing so, promote the business and its purposes. Sales staff need to know about the products and services they are selling so they can give customers any relevant information that may influence the purchasing decision.

Unit 6: Introducing Retail Business
In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the ways in which retailing has developed in the UK. You will learn about the structure and organisation of the retail sector and current trends in the industry.

 

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