Welcome to Business Education!
Business Education includes a dynamic range of subjects that prepare students for the challenges of adult life by introducing them to industry and the working world. Whether students want to be an entrepreneur, a successful employee, a manager of a thriving company, or just want an insight into how businesses work, business education gives a powerful start to launch students into various career paths. Students studying business education courses will not only gain knowledge and business acumen, but will also experience lessons based on business concepts, with professionalism, independence and productivity as our driving forces. The courses offered emphasise the ever-changing nature of business, the challenge and creativity of enterprise and the reliance of businesses on effective communication.
At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Business where students will study the following areas:
- Investigating small business
- Building a business
In doing so, they will learn about the main four functions of a business – Marketing, Human Resource Management, Operations and Finance – as well as discovering the external influences that businesses face, such as competition, laws and the state of the economy.
The GCSE course gives students a greater understanding and awareness of the world they live in, but more specifically how individuals and businesses work within the economy. All aspects of the workings of a business are looked at with topics including advertising, workers and pay, how profits are made and the effects of businesses on the environment. The study of this subject will provide sound grounding for advanced levels in Business, Accounting, Economics and Travel & Tourism, along with a range of other options at post 16.
At Key Stage 5 we offer a wide range of courses and pathways which are suitable for various learning styles. These courses are:
- A Level Business - We explore the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. This course is assessed by three external exams at the end of Year 13.
- A Level Economics - students use economic models to help them understand the complexities of the world around them, and use data to help them explore markets and economies and how governments try and influence both. This course is also assessed by three external exams at the end of Year 13.
- A Level Accounting – the qualification allows students to develop quantitative data analysis and interpretation skills, whilst the inclusion of ethics and an emphasis on management accounting will give students the confidence to communicate information to non-accountants and future clients. This course is assessed by two external exams at the end of Year 13.
- CTEC Business - From a small start-up business to a large multinational organisation, students will consider business’s internal structures and how different functional areas work together and the external constraints under which a business must operate. Students will also complete specific units in marketing, human resources and customer care. As a vocational course, students will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to manage their time effectively. This course is assessed by two external exams (one in Year 12 and one in Year 13) and three coursework units.
- BTEC Travel and Tourism - The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. The value of tourism to the UK economy is over £200 billion, and the sector employs around 4 million people. Students will develop the skills needed to examine, interpret and analyse the importance of tourism to the UK and develop a successful marketing plan for use by a travel and tourism organisation to attract and engage with customers. This course is assessed by two external exams (one in Year 12 and one in Year 13) and two coursework units.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
In addition to the formal qualifications, the department has also co-ordinated various trips and activities, such as the ‘10X Challenge’ within the school. The 10X programme provides students with an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills and teaches them how to survive and prosper in the world of business.
In addition to this, the department offers a range of support sessions to aid students with their understanding of core business concepts and ideas and to support their preparation for internal and external assessments. Information about these can be found in the school's Extra Curricular booklet.