Business Studies is a wonderful subject which offers students an insight into the real working world

 

GCSE and A LEVEL BUSINESS STUDIES

WHY STUDY BUSINESS?

Business Studies is a wonderful subject which offers students an insight into the real working world as well as equipping them with a wide and varied knowledge of Marketing, Finance and Accounts, Operations Management, Human Resource Management and the External Environment and Economy. These key syllabus areas link in well with other subjects such as Maths, Geography, Languages, Economics and Accounts and Media. It is a versatile and every changing subject which promotes independent thinking and creativity amongst students……..

An A Level in Business will get you started in business... and give you the skills and knowledge to progress to higher education. You could work for a corporation, or maybe a management consultancy. All businesses (and other organisations like charities and hospitals) need sound business skills behind them.

We follow current affairs very closely and we recommend that our students are proactive on that account. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/

Business Studies is taught at the Crypt by:

Miss M Gardner and Mrs Kirkpatrick

GCSE BUSINESS STUDIES

We follow the Edexcel Business Studies GCSE Syllabus – for the specification, key materials, past papers and answers and overview.

This GCSE specification requires students to:

  • Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements.

  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.

  • Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

A SUMMARY OF THE PROGRAMME OF STUDY  GCSE Business Studies

Year 10

In unit 1 the students learn about how businesses set up, enterprise skills, how to put a business idea into place and make the start-up effective, as well as considering the impact of the external environment on small businesses.

Assessment: Students will sit an externally assessed 45 minute module at the end of Year 10 (in May). This is worth 25% of the GCSE grade.

Year 11

In unit 3, students build upon unit 1 knowledge.  The study how to conduct marketing for a new business and how they can meet customer needs.  They consider how to manage finances and people within the business as well examining how the wider world affects businesses e.g. ethics, EU, international trade.

Assessment: In the first term Y11 will undertake a controlled assessment piece which is internally marked and externally moderated. This is worth 25% of the GCSE grade.

At the end of Year 11 students will sit a 1 ½ hour externally assessed exam based on an unseen case study in June. This is worth 50% of the GCSE grade.

GCSE RESOURCES

Numerous resources are available to our students in our school library and on line. Tutor 2 u and Bized are recommended websites.

Core Texts Issued to students

Year 10 – Edexcel GCSE Business: Introduction to Small Business by Anderton and Gunn

Year 11 - Edexcel GCSE: Building a Business by Anderton and Malcolm

 

A LEVEL BUSINESS STUDIES

At A Level we follow the AQA Business GCE Syllabus  – for the specification, key materials, past papers and answers and overview 

This AS/A2 level specification is designed to:

enable candidates to focus on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world

  • provide opportunities for research into topical business issues

  • offer opportunities for the development and application of a full range of academic skills

  • explore real business situations

  • be practical in the application of business concepts

  • understand the role of the entrepreneur and business in society.

A SUMMARY OF THE PROGRAMME OF STUDY

AS 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:

  • Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business

  • Unit 2: Managing a Business.

Assessment

Unit 1

This unit is 20 % of the total A-Level marks.  It is a 1 and a ½   hour paper worth 80  UMS marks.

Externally examined in January 2012

Unit 2

This unit is 30 % of the total A-Level marks.  It is a 1 ½ hour paper worth 120 UMS marks.

Externally examined in June 2012

A2 Business Studies

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:

  • Unit 3: Strategies for Success

  • Unit 4: The Business Environment and Change.

Assessment

Unit 3

This unit is 25 % of the total A-Level marks.  It is a 1 and a ¾  hour paper worth 80  UMS marks.

Externally examined in January 2012

Unit 4

This unit is 25 % of the total A-Level marks.  It is a 1 ½ hour paper worth 120 UMS marks.

Externally examined in June 2012

A note regarding assessment overall: Each of the AS and A2 units are examined externally, there is no coursework element

EXTRA CURRICULAR

There are also a number of extra curricular events which are organised by the Business Studies department throughout GCSE and A Level.

Young Enterprise is once again being set up for this academic year and will be headed by Ms Gardner who has had major success in the past, winning the Young Enterprise Gloucestershire finals.

The Business Studies department believes in the value of excursions and trips to support student’s curriculum understanding. Recent trips include year 11 day at Cadbury’s World, and year 12 and 13 AQA workshops in Bristol.

In Arts week the department run sessions for Year 9, to introduce some business skills, which include team work, creative thinking, calculating forecast profit/loss and presentations. Students plan a Rock Concert in aid of charity, developing their sense of citizenship as well as business acumen.

RESOURCES

Numerous resources are available to our students in our school library and on line. Tutor 2 u and Bized are recommended websites.

Core Texts Issued to students

Business Studies (4th edition) AS Level AQA by Hall, Jones, Raffo and Anderton

AQA A2 Business Studies by Wolinski and Coates

 

 
 

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