Subject Business Studies
Members of staff Sinead Watson and Lorraine Elliott
Subject overview

GCSE Business Studies will allow students to explore business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society. Students will be given the opportunity to develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively and to demonstrate business acumen. This GCSE encourages students to make informed choices about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop life skills that enable them to become financially and commercially aware. Students are assessed with two external examinations at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 4
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 Business Activity

Students learn about the role of business, entrepreneurship and business planning.

People

Students learn about how businesses organise their staff, the different ways of working and how businesses communicate with different stakeholders.

Influences on Business

Students learn about how external factors impact on the running of a business. Students consider environmental, ethical and economic influences.

Autumn term 2 Business Activity

Students learn about the features of different types of business ownership.

People

Students learn about the process of applying for a job and how businesses select the best person for the job. They investigate likely training this applicant is likely to receive. and

Finance

Students learn about the different ways to raise business finance.

Students learn how to calculating costs, revenue and profit.

Student learn about the concept of break-even and the importance of cash in day-to-day activities.

Spring term 1 Business Activity

Students learn about the aims and objectives of different businesses and their different stakeholders.

People

Students learn about how a business should motivate their workforce to perform to the best of their ability. They will also learn about what their rights and responsibilities are when they work.

Interdependent nature of business

Students will make connections between different elements of the subject and will draw together knowledge, skills and understanding from different parts of the course and apply their knowledge to business decision making within a business context.

Spring term 2 Marketing

Students learn about the role of marketing and the purpose and methods of market research.

Operations

Students learn about different production processes, how quality is ensured and the impact of technology here.

Revision
Summer term 1 Marketing

Students learn about how businesses target customers.

Operations

Students learn about the importance of location and relationships with suppliers.

Revision

 

Summer term 2 Marketing

Students learn about how businesses develop a marketing mix.

Operations

Students will learn about consumer law.

Revision
Revision links for GCSE course

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zpsvr82

www.revisionworld.com

www.tutor2u.net

www.gcsepod.com

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Parents can support by ensuring your child revisits subject matter taught in class on a regular basis. Weekly revision (independent of set homework) should be taking place. Ensuring this happens could make a significant impact on your child’s examination performance.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Opportunities to run your own mini business enterprise

 

Subject CTEC Extended Certificate in Business
Members of staff Sinead Watson and Lorraine Elliott
Subject overview This qualification is equivalent to one A-level. It will provide learners with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the business sector. Students will learn about the business environment and gain an insight into how businesses work. They will also develop specialist knowledge in communication and customer service, accountancy and human resource management. This qualification is assessed with two externally assessed examinations and three portfolios of work that are internally assessed.  Students may choose to enter employment or continue their learning in this field of work at University.
Key Stage 5
Content Year 12 Year 13
Autumn term 1 Unit 1 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about different types of businesses and their objectives. Students will investigate the role of different functions within a business and how they work together to support the activities of businesses.

Unit 4 (Mrs Watson)

Students will investigate the actions that specific businesses have taken to respond to the needs of their customers. They will learn about the benefits of maintaining and developing customer service and how a business might go about improving this provision.

Unit 11 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn how to prepare principal documents in business transactions. For example; invoices, purchase day books and a 3 column cash book.

Unit 2 (Mrs Watson)

Students will learn about the different factors that influence the arrangement of business meetings.  Students will learn how a business decides on the most suitable venue for an event, accommodation for staff and travel method. Students will also learn how to complete and interpret business documents to support the above activities such as petty cash and requisition forms and agendas and minutes.

Autumn term 2 Unit 1 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about the different ways a business may choose to organise their staff.  They will learn about the effect of different organisational structures on how they operate.

Unit 4 (Mrs Watson)

Students will learn about businesses to communicate with their customers. They will analyse particular communication forms they use and how they manage their corporate profile.

Unit 11 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn how to use basic double-entry book-keeping in order to prepare a trial balance.

Unit 2 (Mrs Watson)

Students will learn about the importance of meeting deadlines in the workplace and the consequences if this does not happen. Students will learn how to prioritise business tasks. They will also learn how to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders.

Spring term 1 Unit 1 (Miss Elliott)

Students will be able to use financial information to check the financial health of a business.  Students will learn how to interpret a range of financial statements such as a cash flow forecast and an income statement.

Unit 4 (Mrs Watson)

Students will develop and demonstrate their verbal and non-verbal skills when communicating with specific customers. They will then review their own performance.

Unit 11 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn how to reconcile a cash book with a bank statement. They will also learn about the different payment methods a business may use.

Unit 8 (Mrs Watson)

Students will learn about the key responsibilities of the human resources function and the factors businesses will need to consider when planning human resource requirements. Students will also learn about how businesses can train and develop staff and the impact this will have.

Spring term 2 Unit 1 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about the external influences and constraints on businesses and how they could respond. They will also learn about the relationship between businesses and their stakeholders.

Unit 4 (Mrs Watson)

Students will structure and deliver a verbal and written business communication that is appropriate for a given audience and purpose. They will then review their own performance.

Unit 8 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about the importance of monitoring and managing employee performance within the workplace.

Unit 8 (Mrs Watson)

Students will investigate why and how a specific business motivates their staff with reference to key motivational theories. Students will investigate how given businesses measure the motivation levels of their staff and the impact of having a well-motivated workforce.

Summer term 1 Unit 1 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about why businesses plan, what should be planned and how to assess the performance of a business.

Unit 4 (Mrs Watson)

Students will learn about the legal constraints and ethical and security issues faced by businesses when sharing and storing information.

Unit 8 (Mrs Watson and Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about the importance of confidentiality within the human resource function. Students will investigate how specific businesses maintain confidentiality.

 

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Summer term 2 Unit 11 (Miss Elliott)

Students will learn about why businesses need to keep accurate accounting records and the consequences of not doing so.  Students will also learn how to calculate the value of assets and liabilities for a given business.

 

Unit 2 (Mrs Watson)

Students will learn about the different protocols businesses may have in place and the reasons for these. Examples of protocols include authority, confidentiality and checking.

Revision links for CTEC course

www.tutor2u.net

www.revisionworld.com

www.quizlet.com