Curriculum Leader - Business Studies:

Ms Neal

Curriculum Leader - Economics:

Ms Neal

Business Studies and Economics

GCSE Business Studies

Curriculum Area: Business Studies - AQA
Curriculum Leader: Ms Neal

GCSE Business Studies – AQA

For exams in 2019 onwards

This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Students 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. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

To enhance the experience that all our GCSE students receive, we regularly engage with our local and national business community, including: LEGOLAND, Cadbury World, HITACHI, SAP, Young Enterprise, guest speakers, and local charities.

Results (Summer 2016): 75% A*-C


A-level Business – AQA

This A-level Business course introduces you to all you need to know about working in business, providing a solid foundation for further study. With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you’ll learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers

Year 12

 An introduction to key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. This includes a special focus on decision making – particularly how decisions made in one area can affect the rest of the business.

Year 13

An investigation of the strategic decisions that all businesses must make.

A-level assessment consists of three two hour written exams taken at the end of the two-year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A-level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.

Results (Summer 2016): 100% A*-C


BTEC Level 3 National - Extended Certificate in Business

This course is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the business sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the business sector. Assessment of this course is through a combination of internally assessed portfolios, set tasks and written examinations.

The learning programme covers the following content areas:

  • Business Environment
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

Results (Summer 2016): 100% Distinction*-Merit


Young Enterprise Company Programme

All Sixth Form students who choose to study with us will be offered the opportunity to take part in this fantastic enrichment programme, which runs throughout one academic year. During this time students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business. Students make all the decisions about their company, from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances, selling to the public at trade fairs to ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise.

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Curriculum Area: Economics
Curriculum Leader: Ms Neal

What are the areas I will study?

Economics is about real life. It will give you a sound understanding of the UK and Global economy. It will help you to understand current economic issues which are topical. An interest in current affairs and an aptitude for Mathematics is essential.

The course looks at two specific areas:

Unit 11 - Personal Economics where you will study:

  • Money in relation to your own needs and wants and basic economic concepts
  • Work its monetary and non monetary rewards and the market for labour
  • The National and Global Economy and your role as a citizen in this context

Unit 12 – Investigating Economic Issues where you will study:

  • Managing the Economy which looks at fiscal, monetary and supply side policies within the trade cycle. You will also consider the effects of the EU.
  • Current Economic Issues each year the Examination Board will choose two topics for in-depth study. For 2011 these will be: The UK Economy-Poverty and The Global Economy-Developing Countries

What activities will I take part in?

  • Researching current economic issues
  • Debating and analysing contemporary Economic issues
  • Using the internet and other sources to gain information about the economy

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

  • How to analyse economic problems and issues in relation to yourself and others
  • How to analyse data and communicate your ideas clearly
  • To work on your own and as part of a team

How will I be assessed?

You will sit a written paper for each unit which will be externally examined. Each paper will take 1hour and 15minutes and each will be worth 50%.

More course information

GCE Scheme of Work

Who do I see for more information?

Ms Neal or search