Business Studies

General Information

Business Studies is an exciting and interesting subject which helps students to understand the world in which we live and reflects the values of society and the people working within them. Business Studies provides an understanding of the commercial world and how finance is raised and used by the Government to pay for the Nation’s goods and services. It encourages students to consider the practical application of business including economic concepts and explores the events in the business and economic world.

At Key Stage 4 Students can select Business as an option as one of their subject options in Year 9. We offer two routes of study – GCSE AQA Business Studies and BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Business which is a vocational course.

In the Sixth Form, students can continue to study Business to A/AS level.

Key Stage 4

What type of qualifications can I achieve?

AQA GCSE Business studies

You will be studying issues concerning the setting up and operation of a new business and explore the activities of businesses. You will consider the reasons why businesses succeed or fail, grow and expand and consider roles and responsibilities of stakeholders. You will develop skills in communication, application of number, ICT and work with other and problem solving.

How and when will my work be assessed?

The AQA Business Studies course is split into three units as follows :

  • Unit 1: Setting up a business (40%) External Examination: 1 hour
  • Unit 2: Growing as a business (35%) External Examination: 1 hour
  • Unit 3: Investigating a business (25%) Controlled Assessment: 12 hours
  • You will sit both examinations in Year 11 and complete the Controlled Assessment assignment in Year 10.

How much time will I need to work on this subject outside of lessons?

You will need to spend a minimum of one hour per week on extension activities but you will also need to familiarise yourself with a range of software.

What will this course lead to in the sixth form?

Candidates who are awarded C or above can progress to A level Business Studies at AS/A2 level

What possible careers and work related opportunities are there?

This course will prepare students for future study and those who seek to employment in the private/public/charitable business sectors as well as those who wish to develop their own business enterprise.

Where can I get more information about this course?

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gsce/business/business_materials.php

Key Stage 5

What type of qualifications can I achieve?

AQA Advanced Level Business Studies

At AS Level, this specification introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level.

At A2, this specification considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

How and when will my work be assessed?

AS level modules

A2 level modules

Unit 1 Starting a BusinessUnit 3 Strategies’ for Success
Examined work 40% of AS, 20% of A Level

1 hour 15 minutes (60 marks)

Examined work 25% of A Level

1 hour 45 minutes examination (80 marks)

Unit 2 Managing a BusinessUnit 4 The Business Environment and Managing Change
60% of AS, 30% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination (80 marks)

Examined work relating to prior released case study 25% of A Level

1 hour 45 minutes examination (80 marks)

  • Unit 1 Paper has a January entry – taken in Year 12
  • Unit 2 Paper has a June entry – taken in Year 12
  • Unit 3 Paper has a January entry – taken in Year 13
  • Unit 4 Paper has a June entry – taken in Year 13

What possible careers and work related opportunities are there?

This course leading to any business related or combined course at University as well as a good foundation for those entering the business sector.

Where can I get more information about this course?

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/business/business_noticeboard.php

BTEC Level 2

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Business

You will study enterprise in the business world and develop skills in financial handling. You will develop an understanding of the principles of marketing and an awareness of the importance of customer service. You will enhance your communication skills and understand the roles and responsibilities associated with employers and employees.

How and when will my work be assessed?

This qualification is taught over 240 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core, mandatory and optional specialist units.

You must complete the two core units, the additional mandatory unit, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 240 GLH.

Assessment Method

GLH

Unit

Core

1

Enterprise in the Business World

Internal

30

2

Finance for Business

External

30

Mandatory

9

Principles of Marketing

Internal

30

Optional Specialist

3

Promoting a Brand

Internal

30

4

Principles of Customer Service

Internal

30

5

Sales and Personal Selling

Internal

30

6

Introducing Retail Business

Internal

30

7

Providing Business Support

Internal

30

8

Recruitment, Selection and Employment

Internal

30

10

Using Business Documentation

Internal

30

11

Building Successful Business Teams

Internal

30

12

Introducing Law and Consumer Rights

Internal

30

13

Financial Planning and Forecasting

Internal

30

14

Business Online Internal

Internal

60

15

Public Sector Business

Internal

30

What will this course lead to in the sixth form?

Candidates who are awarded Merit or Distinction/Distinction* can progress to Advance level Business Studies at AS/A2 level

What possible careers and work related opportunities are there?

This course will prepare students for future study and those who seek to employment in the private/public/charitable business sectors as well as those who wish to develop their own business enterprise.

Where can I get more information about this course?

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts2012/business/Pages/default.aspx