Miss A C Smith, B.Sc (Hons) – Head of Department/Subject Teacher
Mrs S Gibson, M.Sc., B.Ed. – Subject Teacher
Mrs H Irvine – Subject Teacher
Room 19 – A Business Studies classroom (with spacious store) able to accommodate up to 30 pupils comfortably, equipped with the standard general purpose classroom equipment such as filing cabinets, cupboards, notice boards, desks, chairs, C2K computer with Internet access, printer and electronic whiteboard.
ICT Suites – Four PC networked ICT suites with over 90 terminals in total are available to the Business Studies department using a booking system operated by the ICT Co-ordinator.
The Business Studies Department supports and contributes strongly to the overall aims of the school. In addition, the department would aim:
- To promote knowledge and understanding of business.
- To stimulate interest and enthusiasm for the study of business.
- To give the individual a sense of identity through the knowledge of the business environment and the forces which change it.
- To promote an informed insight into the contemporary world.
- To promote enterprise and team-work among pupils in a business context.
- To deliver attitudes, values and processes of critical judgement and decision making which prepare pupils to participate effectively in both the world of work and as competent citizens.
Business and Communication Systems is an option subject and is offered to pupils at GCSE. GCSE pupils have 5 periods per week in Year 11 and 5 periods per week in Year 12.
|GCSE Business and Communication Systems||Use of ICT||External computer-based exam – worth 40%. This two hour exam tests students’ ICT skills in a business context.|
|Grades A* G||The Business Environment||External written exam – worth 35%. This one hour exam contains structured questions for the students to complete.|
|E-Commerce||Controlled assessment – worth 25%. Students design a website and explain the business rationale for their design choices using PowerPoint.|
Another level of qualification offered in this subject is:
Entry Level Qualification (ELQ) Business Studies
|Entry Level Qualification Levels 1, 2||Business: Aims, Types and Organisation, Human Resources, Production, Marketing, Finance and Accounting||Coursework worth 60%
End of Unit Tests worth 40%
Skills developed through Business Studies
- Literacy, Numeracy & ICT
- Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of business concepts
- Applying knowledge and understanding to address business problems and issues
- Selecting, organising, interpreting and using information to analyse business problems and issues
- Evaluating evidence, making reasoned judgements and presenting conclusions
Possible future progression/Careers
- AS/A2 level Business Studies
- AS/A2 Business (Applied) – Double & Single Award
- NVQ Administrative, Financial, Secretarial and Business-related courses and careers
- Business/Retail Management Degree
AS/A2 Business (Applied – Single Award)
This is a relatively new specification which builds on the foundation laid by GCSE Business Studies. However as it is a broad based vocational qualification, it can be studied for the first time at AS/A2 Level.
Scheme of Assessment
|Assessment Unit||Teaching and Learning Unit Title||Nature of Assessment|
|AS Unit 1||The Enterprising Business||PowerPoint Presentation and Speaker notes nominating a business for an ‘Enterprising Business Award’.|
|AS Unit 2||The Enterprising Manager||Word processed newspaper article on a local Enterprising Manager.|
|AS Unit 3||External Influences on the Business Enterprise||1½ hour examination based on a pre-released case study on the external influences on the business enterprise.|
|AS Unit 7||Finance||1½ hour examination on finance.|
|AS Unit 9||Enterprise in Practice||A report – written, oral or multimedia on how a business enterprise in school was planned and organised.|
|AS Unit 8||Quality Management||A report – written, oral or multimedia on how a business ensures the quality of its goods/services.|
|AS Unit 10||Investing in People||A report – written, oral or multimedia on how a medium-sized business invested in people.|
|AS Unit 11||Marketing||A marketing strategy/plan for a new product/service.|
2/3 units are coursework based in each year – marked by the school and moderated by CCEA
1/3 units are externally tested – exam set and marked by CCEA
- Personal organisation
- Time management
- ICT skills
- Working in teams
- Discussing problems or issues
- Leading a team
- Producing a business report
- Giving an oral presentation
- Willingness to learn and make progress
- Investigative and research skills
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Applying theory to real business
- Project planning
Each unit marked out of 100
External Tests – June each year
Re-sits possible – best result taken
Students who successfully complete this course may progress to further and higher education HND/Degree courses at colleges and universities or progress directly into employment. Throughout the course students acquire both in-depth subject knowledge and a wide variety of transferable skills which are considered as essential by employers, universities and colleges.
Careers linked with Business Studies
- Finance Manager
- Marketing Executive
- Market Researcher
- Human Resources Manager
- Retail Manager
- Sales Executive
- IT Consultant