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Business Studies


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Business is changing and the ways of going about usiness is becoming more diverse. Today there are new paths to success, in business as well as the well-trodden academic routes. The image of the businessman or woman is also transforming - today’s new entrepreneur may be fresh out of school or may not even have left. Businesses are having to adapt to pressures and recruit even more carefully. However, students who can already demonstrate aptitude and talent are at an advantage. Business Studies is an ideal course for students who have an eye on the future.

Business Studies at KS3

Business Studies is an innovative and creative subject taught as part of Computing lessons at Key Stage 3. In Computing students are taught marketing through the creation of promotional materials such as posters, radio adverts, TV adverts and animated adverts. Students are taught about products and services through the creation of websites and mobiles apps. Finally business finances and accounting procedures are explored whilst students are learning how to use spreadsheets. 

Business Studies at KS4

The OCR GCSE Applied Business course is designed to give students not only an interesting and stimulating insight into how businesses work but to also instil and develop real world transferable skills to prepare them for further and higher education and the world of work. Offering varied and relevant lessons topics which range from students giving advice to real life businesses to looking at why companies make the decisions they do and how it affects the world we live in.

Units Studied

Students will complete a GCSE which is made up of a controlled assessment and an exam. In year 10 students complete a controlled assessment offering advice to a local business on how they could improve their profit margins. This is achieved through completing research on local businesses, investigating the views of local residents and explaining how the business could improve. In year 11 students learn the theory of business and apply this to real companies. This unit covers many aspects including; different types of business, how departments in a business work together to create a successful business, the aims and objectives of businesses and how businesses can be entrepreneurial.

Assessment – OCR GCSE Applied Business Award

The first year of the Applied Business corse will be based around completing a controlled assessment which makes up 60% of the overall qualification. The controlled assessment will be written up during a 15 hour period in the classroom under examination conditions. The second year of the course will be spent preparing for one exam in the summer of year 11. The exam will make up 40% of the course and will be 1 hour 30 minutes long, which will consist of 4 / 5 questions.

Extra-curricular activities

The business department run a number of different extra-curricular activities for students after school.

Year 10’s have the opportunity to be part of our Young Enterprise team. This involves setting up a business from scratch with no start-up capital, creating a new and innovative product that will be sold at Cribbs Causeway and Cabot Circus. Any profit that is made by the business gets split between the team members.

Year 9 students have the opportunity to take part in ‘Enterprise for You’ event that is run by Weston Collage. This involves coming up with a business idea and presenting it to a panel of judges from Weston-Super-Mare. Winners of the competition get over £100 in prize money and a day at Bristol University working with their business department.

Meet the Team

Mr R Schofield     Head of Business and Computing