Business is only available to students in Key Stage Four and will form part of students’ choices.
Business is a subject that will give you an understanding of the world of business. As part of the course, we look at the ways businesses are set up, the way they function and the way they are managed. We look at the impact of growth and changes in business; giving you the opportunity to complete your own investigation in to a business.
Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of business to a new generation. During your studies we will discuss current hot business topics as they appear in the news and talk about the potential impact of what is reported.
Should I study Business?
If you enjoy:
• communicating and explaining your ideas
• thinking creatively and making decisions
• working with numbers to solve business problems
• learning about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks then the new GCSE Business course is the right subject for you.
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied business prior to taking this course. You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course will help you to understand all this and more.
Mr K Abbas
Head of Business
Miss W Gerrard
Teacher of Business and Deputy Headteacher
Mr P Patel
Teacher of Business
Exam board : Edexcel : Business Studies specification
Theme 1: Investigating small business Year 10
Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.
In this theme, students 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.
Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates. Students must understand how these interdependencies and relationships underpin business decisions.
Theme 2: Building a business Year 11
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, students 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. Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates.
Students must understand how these functional areas influence business activity and how interdependencies and relationships between them underpin business decisions. Teaching approaches to the content must reflect this.