Main School

Business

Staff

Mrs N Steadman (Head of Department)
Ms S Bhogal
Miss L Sharma
Ms J Jones

Department Overview

Are you confident, self-motivated, entrepreneurial and keen to succeed? Have you ever wondered why Simon Cowell is so successful and Richard Branson has enough money to send his paying customers to the moon? The answer isn’t difficult, it’s just GOOD BUSINESS!

Would you like to set up your own business like Alan Sugar or Levi Roots? Would you like to be a manager for a large business like Apple? Have you got an interest in the news and how the government and their policies affect your life? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then Business is the subject for you!
Business is a thriving Department that attempts to balance the twin objectives of introducing pupils to the world of Business and Entrepreneurship with the requirements of the exam specification. The Department ethos is to deliver creative and varied teaching styles to engage the students every lesson whilst giving students the best possible preparation for their exams. We use role plays, practical case studies, project based work, IT based learning and written work, depending on the topic being covered. Classroom discussions are considered vital and draw on real life examples in order to develop real understanding of the subject matter. We are a popular ‘option’ subject with approximately half of each cohort in years 9, 10 and 11 choosing to study Business. In 2014 The Business Department won the National Young Enterprise Competition “Tenner”, a prestigious National competition to find the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.

Curriculum Content

At Key Stage 5 we offer:

  • AS and A Level Business (Edexcel)
  • Level 3 BTEC courses: Certificate (1 AS) Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level) 90 Credit Diploma (1 ½ A Levels) Diploma (2 A Level) and Extended Diploma (3 A Levels) in Business

AS / A Level Business

The A Level Specification is structured into four themes. Business students are introduced into core business concepts and develop a broad understanding of how businesses work, before looking at the decision making tools that help business people move towards a more scientific approach to management. Progression is continuous as students develop their knowledge and understanding throughout the course.
The specification supports progression from the GCSE from ensuring the students new to the subject are supported and the content is appropriately targeted. The new structure avoids repetition from GCSE and starts with new topic areas and ensures engaging topics that student’s enjoy and can relate to.

The A Level is a two year course. The AS is a one year course.

A Level Specification Overview

 Theme 1 Marketing and People
1.1 Meeting customer needs
1.2 The market
1.3 Marketing Mix and Strategy
1.4 Managing People
1.5 Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2 Managing Business Activities
2.1 Raising Finance
2.2 Financial Planning
2.3 Managing Finance
2.4 Resource Management
2.5 External Influence

Theme 3 Business Decisions and Strategy
3.1 Business Objectives and Strategy
3.2 Business Growth
3.3 Decision Making Techniques
3.4 Influences on Business Decisions
3.5 Assessing Competitiveness
3.6 Managing Change

Theme 4 Global Business
4.1 Globalisation
4.2 Global Markets and Business Expansion
4.3 Global Marketing 
4.4 Global Industries and Companies (MNC’s)

The A Level will comprise of the following 3 Examination Papers:

Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Business
Assessing Themes 1 and 4
100 marks available – 2 hour exam
35% of A Level

Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy
Assessing Themes 2 and 3
100 marks available – 2 hour exam
35% of A Level

Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment
Questions based on all 4 themes with pre-release material with a broad context will be given in November the year before the exams are taken. 
100 marks – 2 hour exam
30% of A Level

AS Level Specification:

AS students will only be delivered the content in of Year 1 of the A Level (Themes 1 and 2)

Theme 1 Marketing and People
1.6 Meeting customer needs
1.7 The market
1.8 Marketing Mix and Strategy
1.9 Managing People
1.10 Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2 Managing Business Activities
2.1 Raising Finance
2.2 Financial Planning
2.3 Managing Finance
2.4 Resource Management
2.5 External Influence

The AS Level will comprise of the following 2 Examination Papers:

Paper 1 Marketing and People
Total marks: 80
50% weighting
Exam time – 1 hour
Theme 1 and 2 content

Paper 2 Managing Business Activities
Total marks: 80
50% weighting
Exam time – 1 hour
Theme 1 and 2 content

Level 3 BTEC courses

There are 4 different courses that may be followed:

Extended Diploma

  • 3 A Level Equivalent
  • 18 units to be completed over 2 years
  • 15 lessons per week

Diploma

  • 2 A Level Equivalent
  • 12 units to be completed over 2 years
  • 10 lessons per week

90 Credit Diploma

  • 1 ½ A Level Equivalent
  • 9 units to be completed over 1 year
  • 15 lessons per week

Subsidiary Diploma

  • 1 A Level Equivalent
  • 6 units to be completed over 1 year
  • 10 lessons per week

These courses include 4 core units, with additional optional units. These can comprise from:

Core Units:
Unit 1: Business Environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4: Business Information

Optional Units: 
Cover a range of topic areas ranging from Finance, Marketing, Economics, Retailing, Health & Safety and Ethics.

The BTEC qualifications are widely recognised by Universities offering Business and Business Management courses. Due to the nature of these courses students are very well prepared for the structure of university courses and for jobs within industry. The course consists of a wide variety of modules that are continually assessed by means or assignments and presentations. This course often offers an excellent overall view of the world of work and throughout prepares students for further education in this area.