The aim of the business department is to encourage and support the development of students’ business acumen by challenging them to be enterprising individuals with the ability to think both commercially and creatively. Students will learn in an environment where they are encouraged to challenge themselves and have the courage to take risks. This will be achieved through lessons designed to engage students in topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society, such as e-commerce, ethics and globalisation.
Through KS4 to 5, students will study the nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society. The business department aims to broaden students’ understanding of the world around them and encourages students to understand their role in society and respect the role of others. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course, resulting in all learners developing their confidence and being able to access and respond to the challenges of the GCSE and A Level examinations. Students will explore the use of models, calculations, theories and techniques to support analysis of business issues to make informed business decisions and solve business problems; all skills that are needed in order to flourish in further study and employment.
Students can choose to study GCSE Business.
GCSE Business is a two-year course. The course is broken down into six units of work:
- Business Activity
- Influences on business
- Business operations
- Human resources
At the end of the course there are two written exams
Paper 1: Business Dynamics (2hours) Total marks: 100
A mix of short answer and structured questions based on stimulus material covering all of the specification content
Paper 2: Business Considerations (1 hour 30 minutes) Total marks: 60
Data response questions covering all of the specification content.
Homework is set weekly and provides opportunities for students to apply the theory they learn in school to real life business scenarios to demonstrate understanding.
There will be opportunities over the course to participate in visits, business enterprise challenges and take part in workshops led by guest speakers.