Business Studies is a very diverse and dynamic subject, which by its nature is ever-changing. It is a subject which we all know something about, as we all act as consumers, are employed by or have been influenced in the past by a firm’s marketing or sales promotion. It makes use of current affairs and would be a good link up with subjects like ICT, Maths and languages etc. The Business department offers GCSE and A Level Business Studies, as well as Accounting at A Level.
The department are involved in the Stock Market Challenge and BEP Business Link Programme at GCSE level and participate in the ifs Student Investor Challenge in Year 13 (local round won by our students in 2012), as well as various BEP events and competitions.
Business Enterprise Skills Training event organised by the local council, BEP and local businesses.
Year 11 – 14 Business trip to Coca-Cola
Business Studies GCSE (CCEA)
There are 2 units to be covered:
Unit 1 (June exam Year 11) Unit 2 (June exam Year 12)
Business Start Up Finance
Production Managing People
Marketing Business Growth
There is also controlled assessment worth 20% of all the marks.
Applied Business Studies GCSE (CCEA)
Is similar to the above subject content but 60% of the course is based on controlled assessment and the other 40% is a test at the end of the two years of study.
A Level Business Studies
The AS course entails study of the various forms of business organisation, markets, quality management and productivity. There is also an examination of accounting and financial information, motivation, leadership and communication.
The A2 course builds upon AS content and examines business objectives, planning, decision-making, crisis management, globalisation and economics.
- The ability to use financial and non-financial information in decision-making and problem solving.
- The ability to analyse problems, issues and situations.
- The ability to interpret information and communicate effectively.
Unit 1 -Covers the basics of book-keeping with a knowledge of documentation and final accounts of Sole Traders only.
Unit 2 -Examines business types, accounting concepts, company accounts, ratios and budgeting.
Unit 3 -Will look at sources of finance, incomplete records, partnership and published Company accounts, as well as accounting standards and stock valuation.
Unit 4 -Progresses to manufacturing firms, marginal and standard costing and capital investment appraisal.
- The ability to present information in a clear and logical manner.
- The ability to analyse that information and communicate findings in report form.
- The ability to evaluate and make decisions.
- The ability to work well with numbers, plan work and manage time appropriately.