Mrs. A McNally | Head of Business, Economics and Enterprise
Business studies students develop the ability to analyse and apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large corporations and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts.
Students evaluate how environments, decisions and issues impact on business behaviour. They develop transferrable skills and the ability to communicate at all levels of an organisation. Students engage with our local and national business community, for example: LEGOLAND, Cadbury World, Honda, HITACHI, SAP,VW, guest speakers, and local charities.
What does Business Studies in the 6th Form involve?
A level Business helps students to become good decision makers, learning essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers. This AQA 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.
This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. A level assessment consists of three x 2 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.
We also offer a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business.
The qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose two units from a selection of options to supplement the mandatory units which reflect the key topics in business:
• Business environments
• International business
The qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as fully meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses in a variety of areas in the business sector, as single or joint programmes at degree, foundation degree or HND level. After this qualification, learners can progress directly to employment; however it is likely that many will do so via higher study. Areas of employment include junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, events management, HR, marketing and other related areas in the business sector, including higher apprenticeships.
Mandatory units There are three mandatory units, one internal and two external. Learners must complete and achieve at Near Pass grade or above in all mandatory external units and achieve a Pass or above in all mandatory internal units:
– Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (Externally assessed)
– Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (Externally assessed)
– Unit 1: Exploring Business (Internally assessed)
Optional units: Learners must complete at least one optional unit.
What will my child learn in GCSE Business Studies?
In Business Studies we study such a variety of topics that there is something that every student will engage with. Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large corporations and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour. The impact of the 2020 pandemic has provided a huge number of examples of business triumphs and disasters which make the subject very real and accessible.
Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making and learn about the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making. They learn how decision change depending on context and how to use data in making business decisions.
Activities are undertaken to identify and explain business activity:
How is Business Studies taught?
Business Studies students often analyse case studies. They will use group work, role plays, and practical demonstrations to learn key concepts and ideas. We use a wide range of resources; DVD’s, ICT, documentaries,role plays, research, many of them including wisdom from leading business people.
Through thinking; students will be encouraged to solve problems and think for themselves, forming their own opinions on key issues.
Through seeing it live: we have a wider range of enterprise activities, including factory visits and on-the-ground research.
What examination board does Business Studies follow? Add here link to website
AQA Business Studies
What resources will support my child’s learning?
Business Studies Business 9-1
Authors: Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie
Publisher: Hodder Education
Business Studies Revision Guide
My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Business
Business Studies Revision Guide – CGP
Level: 9-1 (GCSE)
Product Code: BUHS44
ISBN: 978 1 78294 691 5
Business Studies Workbook – CGP
Level: 9-1 (GCSE)
Exam Board: AQA
Product Code: BUAQ41
ISBN: 978 1 78294 692 2