In Business Studies we aim to enable every child to leave school with an accredited qualification. We strive to reduce the attainment gap between groups of students by making effective use of data to inform teaching and learning and by constantly develop our skills as a teaching team.
We aim to support students to understand the key skills and process they need to develop and progress. We are constantly developing a curriculum that involves a range of tasks and activities to support and challenge learners of all abilities, and to become independent, life-long learners.
The Business Studies department plays a key part in developing skills that will prepare student’s workplace skills, which in turn will contribute to their economic well being. Our curriculum contextualises learning through the use of real life situations and problem solving scenarios. We use industry standard software and students develop a range of skills and knowledge alongside personal qualities such as the ability to work effectively in teams. Students are well prepared for the courses on offer.
The Business Studies Curriculum
Business Studies is an option subject, and as such is studied in Key Stage 4 and 5 only. All students follow the Edexcel GCSE Business Studies course.
Legacy A*-G course (for current year 11s only)
The GCSE specification from the Edexcel examination board is for a linear course. This year 11 course involves three units.
- Unit 1 leads to an externally marked exam, worth 25% of the qualification.
- Unit 2 is a controlled assessment task, also worth 25% of the qualification.
- Unit 3/4/5 leads to an externally marked exam, worth the remaining 50% of the qualification.
- In Year 10 students complete Unit 1 and prepare for and take Unit 2, which forms the Controlled Assessment aspect of the course.
- In Year 11 student study the optional unit. For 2017-18, the optional units will be unit 3: Developing a small business and Unit 5: Economic understanding
New 9-1 course (Current year 10s and all future students)
The GCSE specification from the Edexcel examination board is for a linear course. This year 10 course will be assessed on the new 9-1 scale and consists of 2 themes of study.
- Theme 1: Investigating a small business leads to an externally marked exam, worth 50% of the qualification.
- Theme 2: Building a business leads to an externally marked exam worth 50% of the qualification.
You can find out more about our curriculum by clicking here.
Assessment for Learning
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process in Business. Students are encouraged to evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Students are provided with their assessment criteria at the start of each unit, so they can reference what they need to do to move forward. The teaching team assess progress through questioning in class, and marking of classwork and homework. Data is recorded regularly on the school’s electronic management information system, so that we can track progress towards targets efficiently and effectively.