Our aim in Business and Economics is to offer a diverse, high quality curriculum relevant to the dynamic business environment that supports students in developing their economic well-being in line with the school philosophy of learning for life.
We offer a three year Business GCSE that provides our students with time to build deeper knowledge and take advantage of personal enrichment and entrepreneurial opportunities. In the Sixth Form the department offers a variety of courses including the traditional academic A-levels of Business and Economics and the more vocational BTEC Business. The varied subject offering provides stretch and challenge, extra-curricular industry experiences and caters for all learning styles to enthuse students in pursuing academic excellence.
The real world nature of the subject provides regular opportunities to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which are an integral part of our day to day work, whether in discussing the ethics in globalisation, the motivation and leadership theory involved in the treatment of workers or the role of technology in business interaction.
The department’s skilled professional practitioners create a safe but challenging environment that encourages our students to be resilient, reflective and to improve their own metacognition.
The Business Department offers AQA GCSE Business which is worth one GCSE. This course encourages pupils to consider the practical application of business concepts. The specification looks at the issues in starting up a business and then in a larger growing firm. It focuses on the key functional areas of Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Operations. The course provides students with a holistic view of the major issues that face modern businesses
Exam board: AQA
Exam Code: 8132
Exam Board web site: www.aqa.org.uk
Assessment method: GCSE Business Studies is assessed by two external examinations both sat at the end of Year 11
GCSE Business Scheme of Work overview 3 year course
Sixth Form: A Level
In the Sixth Form the Business & Economics department offers three courses:
AQA A level Business
Pearson BTEC Nationals in Business Extended Certificate (Level 3)
1. A-level Business
Exam board: AQA
Exam Code: 7132/7131
Exam Board web site: www.aqa.org.uk
Entry requirements: The standard college entry requirements
Business is a popular academic course that is firmly grounded in the reality of the dynamic business environment. Students will learn subject content alongside real business events such as the global recession, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the leadership of great entrepreneurs such as Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson to bring theory to life. The subject explores the challenges and issues of managing a business and examines the different functional areas including Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and Operations. Business also looks at the external influences on a firm such as the economy and the strategies businesses devise to deal with them.
Students of this course study business in a variety of contexts (eg large/small, UK focused/ global, service/manufacturing)
What is business?
Managers, leadership and decision making
Decision making to improve marketing performance
Decision making to improve operational performance
Decision making to improve financial performance
Decision making to improve human resource performance
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction
Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change
This course takes an academic approach to business and a strong knowledge of current events is essential and relevant to the work covered in class. It is of vital importance that students keep up to date with business current events using newspapers, the Internet, department social media and specific television programmes.
A-Level Business Scheme of Work Overview
Candidates will be expected to use all of theory from Year 1 in their three A-level papers
2. A-level Economics A (2015)
Exam board: Edexcel
Exam Code: 9EC0
Exam Board web site: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html
Entry requirements: The standard college entry requirements, including at least a B grade in Maths and English Language. A high average GCSE score is also required and will be discussed on interview.
Economics is a rigorous academic subject which is well respected by both universities and employers. Therefore to be successful it requires dedication and a great deal of time spent on mastering the theory. It requires a good level of numeracy and literacy skills including equations, calculations, working with statistical data and a large amount of interpreting and manipulating graphs and models.
Economics is the study of how people choose to use resources, including land, buildings, labour, equipment, tools and knowledge. Should we devote more resources to healthcare or to defence? Should we use resources to produce more cars or to produce more iPods? Individuals have to make decisions as well. Should I spend my income on a new kitchen or on a holiday? Should I go to university or go straight into employment?
The aim of the subject is for students to understand how economic decisions are made and how economics can help to solve problems like pollution, unemployment and inefficiency. Economics requires students to think analytically and form opinions on the key economic debates of the moment.
Students study micro and macroeconomics. Microeconomics addresses individual markets and issues such as: ‘Why are house prices so high?’, ‘Can pollution effectively be controlled?’ and ‘Should governments interfere with markets?’. The macroeconomic issues look at the whole economy and cover: ‘Why does the government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?’, ‘What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?’ and ‘How are we affected by the Chinese and Indian economies?’
A-Level Economics Scheme of Work Overview
3. Pearson BTEC Nationals in Business Extended Certificate (Level 3)
Exam board: Pearson Edexcel
Exam code: 601/7159/5
Entry requirements: The standard college entry requirements.
The BTEC National in Business course is a more vocational qualification which may suit students who are organised and perform better in a course that is a mixture of continuous assessment (coursework) and examinations. Business A-Level is a more traditional academic course, leading to traditional examinations. Both types of qualification carry UCAS points, supporting progression to higher education or employment.
The qualification has been created in collaboration with leading businesses and explores all aspects of the business world including practical activities, visits and using real life scenarios.
This qualification will provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education (HE) on a business-related programme such as Business, Business Management, Marketing, Business and Finance, Business and Economics, Accounting, and Certificate or Diploma in Human Resource Management. It will also allow you to choose non-business related degree programmes.
The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other Level 3 and A-level qualifications. It is the same size as one A Level so you will have the flexibility to achieve other qualifications alongside it
Why this course?
BTECs are assessed using a combination of coursework, tasks and examinations
A high quality and nationally recognised qualification
Ideal for a wide range of learning styles
Covers all core business functions including planning, HR, finance, production and marketing
Provides progression to further study in Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE)
Students will develop transferable skills that are valued by HE and employers such as communication, planning, teamwork, research and analysis.
Students study four units over two years which include:
Exploring Business (Coursework)
Developing a Marketing Campaign (Task)
Personal and Business Finance (Examination)
Recruitment and Selection Process (Coursework)
Once complete the BTEC gives students the ability to access to Higher education, such as a degree course at university, as they are worth the same UCAS points as other A-levels
Students could also choose to pursue employment or apprenticeships, where they can put their new practical skills towards generating an income