There are no courses in Business Studies at present delivered at Key Stage 3; however, we introduce a topic of what they will be learning at the end of year 8. Pupils work in small groups encouraging teamwork but also individuality. All pupils enjoy this taster session and it helps them gain some understanding of what Business Studies would be about at GCSE level.
Business studies is a subject offered at KS4 as an option for students that are interested in finding out about the Business world. Students are encouraged to research existing businesses and follow current affairs as these often feedback into class discussions.
Key Stage 4
Students gain business knowledge, understanding and skills. They begin to understand current events in local, national and global contexts. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and economic behaviour. Students also consider business ethics and the impact of business on the environment.
Theme 1: Investigating small business
1. Enterprise and entrepreneurship
2. Spotting a business opportunity
3. Putting a business idea into practice
4. Making the business effective
5. Understanding external influences on business
CONTENT: Edexcel Theme 1: Investigating a small business ASSESSMENT: External Examination: 1 hr 30 minutes WEIGHTING: 50%
Theme 2: Building a business
1. Growing the business
2. Making marketing decisions
3. Making operational decisions
4. Financial decisions
5. Making human resource decisions
CONTENT: Theme 2: Building a business ASSESSMENT: External Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes WEIGHTING: 50%