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Business Studies

Head of Business Studies:  Mrs K Blake

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details

BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise is the equivalent to one GCSE. The course requires students to complete 3 components of work across Years 10 and 11. There is one externally assessed exam component which covers the topics of promotion and finance for business. The two other components are coursework units which consist of topics, including exploring enterprises, and planning for and running a chosen enterprise idea.

The Tech Award in Enterprise can be picked as an option subject in Year 8. The course starts in Year 9, and the first year of the course covers core foundation business topics, such as industrial sectors, types of business, how businesses are structured, communication, and aims and objectives. It offers students the chance to learn about businesses in the real world and consider how they work.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Details

We offer a broad business based curriculum at KS5. Students can opt for A Level Business Studies and BTEC Business Studies Level 3.

A Level Business Studies looks at different types of organisations that exist in various business sectors and environments. It will identify and investigate different internal and external business problems and behaviour. This subject lays the foundation for further study of business or related subjects in higher education and a wide range of careers including accountancy, business, management and self-employment.

BTEC National Award in Business is equivalent to one A level. Students will develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge that will equip them both for work and/or university. BTEC Business is a practical, work-related course which students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. In year 1 students will complete 1 coursework unit Exploring Business and 1 externally assessed exam, Developing a Marketing Campaign. In year 2 students will complete an examination in Business and Personal Finance and a final unit of internally assessed coursework.