Business Studies

Year 9

Units Taught

  • What is enterprise?
  • Market research
  • The Marketing mix
  • Marketing plans

 

Main Skills Developed

Transferable skills enable young people to face the demands of further and higher education,

as well as the demands of the workplace, and are important in the teaching and learning of

this qualification. We will provide teaching and learning materials, developed with

stakeholders, to support our qualifications.  We actively encourage our students to develop a wide range of skills.  These include non-routine problem solving (expert thinking, metacognition, creativity, systems thinking (decision making and reasoning), Critical thinking (analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills) and ICT literacy.  We develop Interpersonal skills such as communication skills, relationship-building skills, collaborative problem solving, adaptability and self-management and self-development.

 

How can parents help to support learning?

Encourage students to attempt all homework tasks. We have also found that reading around the subject and taking an interest in current affairs helps students to see how their studies can be applied to the ‘real world’.  Students can be supported in this by discussing news stories and giving them the opportunity to develop and express their own opinions as to what is happening, why it is happening and possible implications.  This is a busy time for business related news so there is plenty to talk about!

Useful Websites

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

https://www.tutor2u.net/business/blog

 

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Yr9 students have the opportunity to join the ‘Enterprise Club’ to not only further their own studies but take part in regional and national business related competitions.

 

SMSC & British Values

In Business Studies students are encouraged to explore sexism, racism and discrimination through the discussion of laws and recruitment and the implications on businesses. Students are encouraged to express their own opinions and explore different examples. Students also explore their own feelings and outlooks and reflect upon topics such as ethics.

In Business Studies students look at employment legislation and investigate discrimination in the workplace. Student also complete a unit of work on ethics in business and investigate why some business adopt ethical practices while others do not.

In Business Studies students look at the impact of the EU and how this impacts business trade. Students are encouraged to explore the wealth of different countries and how developed they are. Students will research less economically developed countries and the impact this has on businesses and people.

In Business Studies students work collaboratively on a range of projects, particularly on the Marketing plan project where they have to work together as a small business and develop product ideas and marketing strategies. Students then present their ideas to the rest of the class in a Dragons Den lesson. Throughout the GCSE, students are encouraged to develop their team working skills through collaborative work and research.

An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process – Students study the role of pressure groups and analyse how they can influence business behaviour. Students also explore how a business can be ethical and look at how consumers and citizens can influence their ethical behaviour.

 

 

Year 10 GCSE Business Studies

Units Taught

Theme 1: Investigating small business

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences

Main Skills Developed

Transferable skills enable young people to face the demands of further and higher education,

as well as the demands of the workplace, and are important in the teaching and learning of

this qualification. We will provide teaching and learning materials, developed with

stakeholders, to support our qualifications.  We actively encourage our students to develop a wide range of skills.  These include non-routine problem solving (expert thinking, metacognition, creativity, systems thinking (decision making and reasoning), Critical thinking (analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills) and ICT literacy.  We develop Interpersonal skills such as communication skills, relationship-building skills, collaborative problem solving, adaptability and self-management and self-development.

 

How can parents help to support learning?

Encourage students to attempt all homework tasks. We have also found that reading around the subject and taking an interest in current affairs helps students to see how their studies can be applied to the ‘real world’.  Students can be supported in this by discussing news stories and giving them the opportunity to develop and express their own opinions as to what is happening, why it is happening and possible implications.  This is a busy time for business related news so there is plenty to talk about!

Useful Websites

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

https://www.tutor2u.net/business/blog

 

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Yr10 students have the opportunity to join the ‘Enterprise Club’ to not only further their own studies but take part in regional and national business related competitions.

 

SMSC & British Values

In Business Studies students are encouraged to explore sexism, racism and discrimination through the discussion of laws and recruitment and the implications on businesses. Students are encouraged to express their own opinions and explore different examples. Students also explore their own feelings and outlooks and reflect upon topics such as ethics.

In Business Studies students look at employment legislation and investigate discrimination in the workplace. Student also complete a unit of work on ethics in business and investigate why some business adopt ethical practices while others do not.

In Business Studies students look at the impact of the EU and how this impacts business trade. Students are encouraged to explore the wealth of different countries and how developed they are. Students will research less economically developed countries and the impact this has on businesses and people.

In Business Studies students work collaboratively on a range of projects, particularly on the Enterprise unit where they have to work together as a small business and develop product ideas and marketing strategies. Students then present their ideas to the rest of the class in a Dragons Den lesson. Throughout the GCSE, students are encouraged to develop their team working skills through collaborative work and research.

An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process – Students study the role of pressure groups and analyse how they can influence business behaviour. Students also explore how a business can be ethical and look at how consumers and citizens can influence their ethical behaviour.

 

 

Year 11 GCSE Business Studies

Units Taught

Theme 2: Building a business

Growing the business

Making marketing decisions

Making operational decisions

Making financial decisions

Making human resource decisions

 

Main Skills Developed

Transferable skills enable young people to face the demands of further and higher education,

as well as the demands of the workplace, and are important in the teaching and learning of

this qualification. We will provide teaching and learning materials, developed with

stakeholders, to support our qualifications.  We actively encourage our students to develop a wide range of skills.  These include non-routine problem solving (expert thinking, metacognition, creativity, systems thinking (decision making and reasoning), Critical thinking (analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills) and ICT literacy.  We develop Interpersonal skills such as communication skills, relationship-building skills, collaborative problem solving, adaptability and self-management and self-development.

 

How can parents help to support learning?

Encourage students to attempt all homework tasks. We have also found that reading around the subject and taking an interest in current affairs helps students to see how their studies can be applied to the ‘real world’.  Students can be supported in this by discussing news stories and giving them the opportunity to develop and express their own opinions as to what is happening, why it is happening and possible implications.  This is a busy time for business related news so there is plenty to talk about!

Useful Websites

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

https://www.tutor2u.net/business/blog

 

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Yr11 students have the opportunity to join the ‘Enterprise Club’ to not only further their own studies but take part in regional and national business related competitions.

 

SMSC & British Values

In Business Studies students are encouraged to explore sexism, racism and discrimination through the discussion of laws and recruitment and the implications on businesses. Students are encouraged to express their own opinions and explore different examples. Students also explore their own feelings and outlooks and reflect upon topics such as ethics.

In Business Studies students look at employment legislation and investigate discrimination in the workplace. Student also complete a unit of work on ethics in business and investigate why some business adopt ethical practices while others do not.

In Business Studies students look at the impact of the EU and how this impacts business trade. Students are encouraged to explore the wealth of different countries and how developed they are. Students will research less economically developed countries and the impact this has on businesses and people.

In Business Studies students work collaboratively on a range of projects, particularly on the Enterprise unit where they have to work together as a small business and develop product ideas and marketing strategies. Students then present their ideas to the rest of the class in a Dragons Den lesson. Throughout the GCSE, students are encouraged to develop their team working skills through collaborative work and research.

Britsh Values - An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process – Students study the role of pressure groups and analyse how they can influence business behaviour. Students also explore how a business can be ethical and look at how consumers and citizens can influence their ethical behaviour.

 

 

 

Yr12/13 A Level Business

Units Taught

  • Theme 1: Marketing and people
  • Theme 2: Managing business activities
  • Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
  • Theme 4: Global business

 

Main Skills Developed

Transferable skills enable young people to face the demands of further and higher education, as well as the demands of the workplace.  These include non-routine problem solving (expert thinking, metacognition, creativity, systems thinking (decision making and reasoning), Critical thinking (analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills) and ICT literacy.  We develop Interpersonal skills such as communication skills, relationship-building skills, collaborative problem solving, adaptability and self-management and self-development.

How can parents help to support learning?

Encourage students to keep up to date with homework. Reading around the subject and taking an interest in current affairs is vital in helping students to understand how the content of lessons can be applied to the ‘real world’.  Students can be supported in this by discussing news stories and giving them the opportunity to develop and express their own opinions as to what is happening, why it is happening and possible implications.  This is a busy time for business related news so there is always plenty to discuss.

 

Useful Websites

 

http://www.tutor2u.net

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

http://www.learnmarketing.net

 

Extra-Curricular opportunities

As part of the Sixth Form provision we participate in a number of national competitions.  These range from stocks and share dealing competitions to innovation challenges.  We also operate a mini-enterprise for students to develop their enterprise skills.

 

SMSC & British Values

The different spiritual beliefs of people play a key role in business planning. Students are made aware that these beliefs need to be considered when bringing out new products due to the response they might get from people with different beliefs. This then gives the students the chance to use problem solving skills to work out ways which products could be adapted for people of different beliefs, to make them more successful.

This issue is covered by students looking at the production of goods, specifically, the use of ‘Sweat

Shops’. Students learn how businesses have used these to keep the cost of their goods and services down to make more money. They also look at the other side of the argument that without these factories being set up, the people might have even less

Students complete a lot of group work within lessons as well as practical tasks when looking at theory topics. Students will need to work with a variety of people when they go into the world of work and these exercises will develop their social skills. Students will need to present their work in a similar fashion to when they move into the world of work and present to their co workers.

Businesses can be multinational and students learn about how these are considered when trading with businesses in different cultural backgrounds. Students look at the media and advertising and how different beliefs can impact on the ways products are advertised and indeed what products can be advertised