The world around us is changing. Whatever career our pupils follow, it will be a business of some sort. Pupils have access to excellent ICT facilities to help develop presentation skills as well as enabling them to ensure their assignments are fit for purpose.
The faculty offers a GCSE in Business Studies, following the specification from Edexcel. This is an exciting and dynamic course that opens pupils' eyes to the world of business.
This course is assessed by a terminal examination at the end of Year 11, by two 1 hour 30 minute exams, each worth 50% of the overall qualification.
Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for pupils to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. In this theme, pupils will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. Local contexts refer specifically to small businesses or those operating in a single UK location and national contexts relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK.
Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. In this theme, pupils will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. National contexts build on those in Theme 1 and relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK. Global contexts relate to non-UK or transnational businesses.
Pupils will develop their knowledge & understanding of key business concepts as well as applying it to a variety of contexts. They will also develop their analysis and evaluation skills in order to make judgements and draw conclusions.