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Business Studies & Financial Studies

Course Overview

Business Studies and Financial Studies are offered at Key Stages 4 and 5. The department has tripled in size over the last five years and now offers a wide range of courses to meet students’ needs. The department's success is demonstrated by the improved grades each year.

At both KS4 and KS5 we offer academic and vocational courses. At KS4 we offer OCR’s Cambridge Nationals in Business and Business Studies at GCSE which begin in Year 9. At KS5 we offer AQA’s Applied General Qualification in Business Studies.  The London Institute of Banking and Finance Certificate in Financial Studies in year 12 leads to the Diploma in year 13; all of our level 3 qualifiations attract UCAS points and are recognised by universities as well as employers.

Within all courses we have a high success rate which is a result of high quality teaching, a commitment to marking drafts of coursework and having access to a wide range of resources with many ICT facilities available.  The department is made up from three members of staff who are all passionate about the delivery of the subject which helps to facilitate a high level of progress. The Business Studies team also offers a range of support classes. Our aim is to promote independent learners who have a passion for the world of ‘business’ in a range of disciplines.  Many of our A Level students go on to study business related degrees at University.

Topics covered within both the academic and vocational courses are similar; business ownership, business aims and objectives, stakeholders, location factors, finance, people, processes and context, motivation, marketing, communication, and customer service

KS4:
Vocational - Cambridge Nationals Units

Unit 1: Introduction to business
Unit 2: Planning for work
Unit 3: Setting up and running an enterprise

Academic - GCSE Units (Edexcel) Year 9
Unit 1: Investigating small business
Unit 2: Building a business

Academic - GCSE Units (Edexcel Applied) Year 10 and 11
Unit 1: Investigating how businesses work (coursework 60%)
Unit 2: Financial records (exam 40%)

Vocational - Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education
Unit 1: Finance, the individual and society
Unit 2: Practices in managing money
Unit 3: Financial capability, work and enterprise

KS5:
Vocational – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to A2) Year 13 only

Unit 1: The business environment
Unit 2: Business resources
Unit 3: Introduction to marketing
Unit 4: Business communication
Plus two more additional units

Academic – Applied A Level Units – (all equally weighted) Year 13 only
Unit 1;Investigating Business
Unit 2; People in Business
Unit 3; Financial Planning and Monitoring (exam)
Unit 8; Business Planning
Unit 10; Promotional Activities
Unit 12; Managing People (exam)

Academic – AQA Applied General in Business Level 3 Extended Certificate
Unit 1: Financial planning and analysis
Unit 2: Business dynamics
Unit 3: Entrepreneurial opportunities
Unit 4: Managing and leading people
Unit 5: Developing a business proposal
Unit 7: Managing an event

LIBF Certificate (AS)
Unit 1: Financial Capability for the immediate and short term
Unit 2: Financial Capability for the medium and long term

LIBF Diploma (A2)
Unit 1: Sustainability of an individual’s finances
Unit 2: Sustainability of the Financial Services system

Why choose the subject? 

• Learn about the basics of business
• Understand the wider economy
• Identify how to carryout market research
• Investigate why some businesses are a success and why others are not
• Analyse the effectiveness of marketing campaigns
• Establish how to seek sources of finance
• Identify the importance of location factors
• Understand the importance of international business
• Learn and develop your entrepreneurial skills
• Have fun whilst developing an understanding of the importance of business within our economy

Common Questions 

Q.  What qualifications are on offer?
A.  At both KS4 and KS5 we offer vocational and academic qualifications. Academic are examined whereas vocational are predominantly coursework-based

Q.  Will there be any trips or work related learning?
A.  Trips are arranged to reinforce learning.
At present;

  • Year 9 participate in the National Enterprise Challenge
  • KS5 visit McDonalds to facilitate their coursework
  • KS4 use local businesses to support enterprise activities and coursework

Who will teach me? 

Mrs Burge, Mrs Mathieson, Miss Allum or Mr Tracy

Useful Links 

Tutor2U

BBC Bitesize: GCSE Business Studies

AQA: Applied Business

AQA: Past Papers