Business Education - Academic Year 2019/20
Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and the dynamic nature of the business environment means that customers’ needs are constantly evolving. TV programmes like Dragon's Den and The Apprentice have raised the profile of Business and inspired a new generation to develop ideas of their own.
Using different materials and teaching styles we hope to enable students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what a Business is and does.
Edexcel GCSE Business
The specification is structured into two themes, taking students from how entrepreneurs start businesses (Theme 1) through to growing and global businesses (Theme 2). The students are assessed at the end of year 11 through two equally weighted exam papers, focusing on each specification theme.
Theme 1 is covered in year 10 and concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. The students take regular assessments to ensure that they are progressing towards their target grade.
Theme 2 is covered in year 11 and examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.
Students can purchase a Collins revision guide and workbook for this course through the school shop.
For further information on this course and the units you can access the exam boards website on the following link:
OCR A Level Business
‘A Level Business will give you an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business. It is not just a theoretical subject, it is about real life. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Business highly appealing.
You will learn about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. You will investigate problems which real businesses are currently facing and use your initiative to develop possible solutions.’ OCR
You will study a wide range of different topic areas looking at the different functional areas of a business and also the external environment in which they operate. The assessment is 100% exam based, with 3 x 2 hour exam papers to be taken at the end of course. These exam papers are all synoptic and are based on case studies of three real businesses (one small/local, one medium/national and one large/ international)
Additional opportunities and support
- Trips to Tutor2U revision workshops for our A Level students
- Lunch time ‘drop-in’ sessions
- After school revision groups
- Possibility to get involved in student investor challenge
- Enterprise Challenge in year 12
- Enhanced subject and cultural development:
- Study visit (previous visits to Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Paris, China, New York)
- Industry speakers
We look forward to welcoming you to our department!
Mrs Featherstone and Mrs Basi