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, Miss Okell 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
In the first year 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.
In Year, students build upon the previous year’s 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, and globalisation.
At the end of Year 11 students will sit two 1 ½ hour externally assessed exam based on an unseen case study in June. This is worth 100% of the GCSE grade.
Core Texts Issued to students
Edexcel GCSE Business (9-1): Business by Ian Marcouse
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
A level Business Studies
Subject content (elements 1-6 covered in Year 12)
1 What is business?
2 Managers, leadership and decision making
3 Decision making to improve marketing performance
4 Decision making to improve operational performance
5 Decision making to improve financial performance
6 Decision making to improve human resource performance
7 Analysing the strategic position of a business
8 Choosing strategic direction
9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10 Managing strategic change
Three 2 hour papers, each worth 90 marks. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the A level.
A note regarding assessment overall: All content is examined externally, there is no coursework element
There are also a number of extra curricular events which are organised by the Social Sciences department throughout GCSE and A Level.
Young Enterprise is once again being set up for this academic year and will be headed by Mrs Kirkpatrick as part of Sixth Form Enrichment.
The Business Studies department believes in the value of excursions and trips to support student’s curriculum understanding. Recent trips include year 10 day at Cadbury’s World, and year 13 visit to Weston’s Cider.
Core Texts Issued to students
AS AQA Business by Ian Marcouse
A2 AQA Business by Ian Marcouse