Business

Business

Our Department

The department prepares students to work in the ever-increasing competitive world where the efficiency and effectiveness of the business community is vital for success and growth of the nation. Students will be able to identify what makes a successful business and why businesses they fail, assess how business people meet the challenges of the environment, the impact of changing technology, globalisation and competition. Students will also identify what makes a successful entrepreneur and what they can do with a really good business idea.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11)
In Key Stage 4 students can opt to study either

AQA (9-1) GCSE Business or OCR Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

AQA (9-1) GCSE Business:

Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit two examination papers at the end of the course (year 11)

 

Paper 1Influences of operations and HRM on business activity (units 1-4)

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

 

Paper 2Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (units 1, 2, 5 & 6)

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

There are three sections in both papers:

 

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 10 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 40 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 40 marks

 

OCR Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing:

R064: Enterprise and Marketing Concepts (Externally assessed examination 50% of the final mark)

This unit will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to design a product proposal to meet a business challenge scenario.

Learners will be able to identify a customer profile for their own product design, develop market research tools and use these to complete market research for their product. Learners will use their research outcomes to generate product design ideas, assess their strengths and weaknesses and work collaboratively with peers to gain feedback to inform final design decisions. Learners will complete financial calculations to select a pricing strategy and determine whether their proposal is viable.

The external assessment will consist of a 1 hour 30 minute externally assessed examination. A range of different types of questions will be used, including:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short/medium answer questions
  • Extended response analysis and evaluation questions.

R065: Design a Business Proposal (Centres assessed assignment - 25% of final mark)

This unit will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to design a product proposal to meet a business challenge scenario. Learners will be able to identify a customer profile for their own product design, develop market research tools and use these to complete market research for their product.

Learners will use their research outcomes to generate product design ideas, assess their strengths and weaknesses and work collaboratively with peers to gain feedback to inform final design decisions. Learners will complete financial calculations to select a pricing strategy and determine whether their proposal is viable.

R066: Market and Pitch a Business Proposal. (Centre assessed assignment - 25% of final mark)

This unit will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to create a brand identity and promotional plan for their product proposal, developed in Unit R065. They will be able to pitch their product proposal to an external audience after completing a practice pitch, and complete a review of both their pitching skills and product proposal, using their learning from this qualification, self-assessment and feedback generated.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 – 13)

In Key Stage 5 students have a choice of options:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business:

This is a practical course that will give students the opportunity to complete assignments and real activities based on real life situations linked to a variety of well-known businesses.

The course is enhanced by external visits and visiting speakers which provides students with the context for their work.

This course is assessed through coursework, which includes presentations, role play and other practical elements, as well as traditional business formats, including an examination.

There are FOUR units of study:

 

  • Unit 1 - Exploring Business (Internally assessed assignment) 90 GLH
  • Unit 2 - Developing a Marketing Campaign (Externally assessed examination) 90 GLH
  • Unit 3 - Personal and Business Finance (Externally assessed examination) 120 GLH
  • Unit 8 - Recruitment and Selection (Internally assessed assignment) 60 GLH

 

At the end of the course students will achieve an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

AQA A Level Economics:

This 4 unit course initially introduces students to the principles of micro economics through demand and supply theory, the economics of the firm, aspects of market failure and how governments control and regulate markets.  Students then move on to the broader themes of macroeconomics and study unemployment, inflation, international trade and economic growth.  The course is assessed by examination at the end of both year 12 and year 13.


AQA A Level Accounting:

Students study the AQA Accounting 7127 specification and will undertake two external exams at the end of year 13. They will study the principles of financial and cost accounting methods for a variety of types of businesses. Students build confidence as they develop transferrable skills such as analytical, problem solving, time management and research which are essential for success at University and in future careers.

Opportunities after A level Accounting: Many A Level Accounting students select to go straight from their A levels into a school leaver’s scheme. Most firms will combine work periods with block college study sessions usually at specialist accounting trainers such as Kaplan. Qualification to ACA, CIMA or CIPFA usually takes 4 years from starting the apprenticeship. Universities such as Reading and Birmingham offer partnership courses with large accounting firms such as Ernst Young and Price Waterhouse Cooper who give financial support and work experience. Other Accounting firms such as Deloittes offer degree funding through university in addition to paid internships.

Extra-curricular activities
Young Enterprise is run each year – an opportunity for sixth form students to set up and run their own business. Students are encouraged to work in the Business classrooms at lunchtimes and after school to ensure they are always up to date. Sixth form students have one to one and small group support with specialist tutors.

More able Provision

We endeavour to meet the needs of all learners within the department. Learners that are identified as more able will be supported and stretched using a range of strategies which may include some of the following:

  • Extension work –work that requires higher level evaluation skills
  • One to one – extension work, discussions
  • Learning hub for other students – if appropriate
  • Co-teach a subject – presentations to students
  • Competitions – entering national competitions, e.g. BASE competition
  • Leadership role - for instance in mini enterprise projects

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural)

Students are encouraged to explore and discuss SMSC within both class and homework tasks. The department has many opportunities to discuss these and takes an active role in implementing it across the Key Stages.

Department Enrichment and extra-curricular activities

Year 10/Year 11:

  • Pupil performance club
  • Trips when appropriate (local or national businesses)
  • Dragons’ Den
  • The Apprentice
  • Mini enterprise (vocational courses)
  • Work experience (vocational courses)

Year 12/Year 13:

  • Young Enterprise
  • Guest speakers and local entrepreneurs
  • Work experience (vocational courses)
  • Dragons’ Den
  • The Apprentice
  • Trips when appropriate (local or national businesses)

 

 

 

Head of  Business: Mr T Grogan

Email:grogant@saintsa.co.uk

Teachers

 Mrs V Adey

 Mrs S Atherton

 Ms S Fletcher

Mrs L Threadgold