Work Related Learning

Business Studies

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE Applied Business

  • 60% Controlled Assessment
  • 40% Exam

In Year 10 students will be expected to complete their Unit 1 Controlled Assessment tasks. Students will be taught the content and the necessary skills to complete a professional report for their Controlled Assessment. In Year 11 students will be learning about the financial records of a business and how it impacts their stakeholders. In preparation for Unit 2 exam students will focus on developing their analytical and evaluative skills.

Units covered include:

Unit 1: Investigating How Businesses work (Controlled Assessment)

  • Investigate what a business is and what businesses do (20%)
  • Analyse how businesses are organised (20%)
  • Evaluate why stakeholders are important (20%)

 

Unit 2: Financial Records (Exam)

  • Investigating the flow of financial documents used in business trading
  • Investigating business payments methods and costs
  • Investigating the nature of financial statements in business
  • Investigating importance of financial statements to business

Method of Study: Assessments- formative and summative, research tasks, presentation and discussions/debates

Career Pathways:  This course provides a progression to higher education: A level, BTEC qualification or Apprenticeships program.

 

Key Stage 5

Edexcel A Level Business Studies

  • 100% EXAM
    • Written exam
    • 3 Exam Papers: each paper is worth 33% of final A Level grade

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Themes covered include:

  1. Marketing and people
  2. Managing business activities
  3. Business decisions and strategy
  4. Global business

Method of Study: Assessment: formative/summative, presentation, research task and discussions/debates.

Career Pathways:  This course provides a progression to higher education and degree programmes or into the world of employment

 

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business

  • Written Exam and Coursework
    • 10 Coursework Units
    • 2 Exam Units

The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, this qualification engages learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

Course Content:

  • Enterprise in the business world
  • Finance for business (External exam)
  • Principles of marketing (External exam)
  • Promoting a Brand
  • Principles of customer service
  • Sales and personal selling
  • Providing business support
  • Recruitment, selection and employment
  • Using business documentation
  • Introducing law and consumer rights
  • Financial planning and forecasting
  • Visual merchandising in retail business

Method of Study: Written assessment, group discussions/debates, research tasks and role plays.

Career Pathway: Leads onto BTEC level 3 at college or AS levels if students gain overall Distinction. Students will be able to access customer service or administrative jobs at a junior level.

 

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business

  • 100% Coursework
    • 6 Units

The aim of this program is to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or higher education. Additionally, this qualification engages learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

Course Content:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • Recruitment and Selection in business
  • Developing Teams in Business

Method of Study: Written assessment, group discussions, lectures, website research, role plays and presentations

Career Pathway: This course provides a progression to higher education- degree programmes or into the world of employment

 

Economics

Key Stage 4

GCSE Economics

  • 100% Written Exam
    • Unit 11 (50%)
    • Unit 12 (50%)

Unit 11 and unit 12 aims to equip students with the basic tools of the economist to help them understand their place in and contribution to the local, national and global economy as consumers, workers and citizens. Students will be encouraged to investigate a range of contemporary issues, analysing the evidence from different perspectives so as to make reasoned judgements and informed decisions.

Units covered include:

Unit 11 Personal Economics

  • Money
  • Work
  • The National and Global Economy

Unit 12 Investigating Economics Issues

  • Managing the Economy
  • Current Economic Issues

Method of Study: Assessments- formative and summative, research tasks, written assessment, presentation and discussions/debates,

Career Pathways:  This course provides a progression to higher education: A level, BTEC qualification or Apprentership program.

 

Key Stage 5

A Level Economics

  • 100% EXAM
    • Written exam: 2 hours per paper
    • 100 marks per paper
    • 3 Exam Papers
      • Paper 1– 35%, Paper 2– 35% and Paper 3– 30% of final A Level grade

The aim of the course is for students to build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in Themes 1 and 2, and then build on this and apply their knowledge to more complex concepts and models in Themes 3 and 4. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.

Themes covered include:

  1. Introduction to markets and market failure
  2. The UK economy- performance and policies
  3. Business behavior and the labour market
  4. A Global perspective

 

Method of Study: Assessment: formative/summative, presentation, research task and discussions/debates.

Career Pathways:  This course provides a progression to higher education and degree programmes or into the world of employment