Work Related Learning

Business Studies

Vision

The vision and values of the Business and Economics faculty are to enhance students understanding of the key components of the subjects; this is achieved through applying theory to the real world to expand and building on their interest in current affairs.

We look to give students lifelong tools and skills which will stay with them beyond their experiences at Harlington. Business and Economics are a fundamental part of our social, political, technological, legal and environmental world; ultimately there is no way of avoiding the topics that are brought to light in our subjects. We want students to have sound theoretical basis in our subjects, and for our high ability learners we hope that they can develop analytical and evaluative skills they will take with them on a long and rewarding academic journey.

We want students to take a conscientious approach to their learning; they should enjoy the subject and feel a sense of pride in their achievements. Through use of summative and formative assessment we can assure that progress is consistent across the board. We support personal development by setting aspirational targets and making students aware of clear expectations.

We monitor progress regularly and implement interventions when concerns become apparent. Through enthusiastic teaching and a genuine joy we are able to communicate a true passion which resonates with the students. This leads to an environment which is conducive to ‘Awe and Wonder’.

Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise (RQF)

The Tech Award in Enterprise gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge; understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea that includes:

  • development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise
  • attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

This award requires learners to apply their knowledge in practical ways, through activities that will enable them to develop their ideas, for example researching an idea for a small enterprise.

COURSE CONTENT

Year 9

  • Component 1: Exploring Enterprise
    • A- Examine the characteristics of enterprise
    • B- Exploring how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understanding competitor behaviour
    • C- Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise

Year 10

  • Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise
  • A- Explore ideas and plan for a micro-enterprise activity
  • B- Pitch a micro- enterprise activity
  • C- Review own pitch for a micro enterprise activity

Year 11

  • Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (External EXAM)
    • Promotional mix
    • Targeting and segmenting market
    • Promotional methods
    • Financial documents
    • Payment methods
    • Source of finance
    • Financial forecasting
    • Cash flow
    • Break-even

ASSESSMENT

  • Internal Assignments – Components 1 and 2.

Assignments may take the form of research tasks, presentations, discussions/debates etc

  • External Examination – Component 3

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

Key Stage 5

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business

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

Year 12

  • 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.

ASSESSMENT

Written Exams and Coursework:

  • 10 Coursework Units
  • 2 Exam Units

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

The aim of this programme 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

Year 12

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing

Year 13

  • 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

ASSESSMENT

100% internal assessment of all 6 units covered throughout the two years

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

Economics

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Economics

100% Written Exam

  • Unit 1 (50%) 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Unit 2 (50%) 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Economics has been designed to be an engaging and relevant specification for today’s learners.  Economics is about people and their economic choices. This course enables learners to appreciate we are all part of the economy and that economics relates to every aspect of our lives – from the decisions of individuals or families to the structures created by governments and producers. It will develop learners’ understanding of how economic issues affect choices about resources and markets and vice versa. OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Economics equips learners with the skills and confidence to explore how consumers, producers and governments interact in markets nationally and internationally. It provides a well-rounded introduction to this subject and an excellent foundation for advanced study in Economics. By learning how to explain and evaluate economic problems and possible solutions, learners will acquire a way of thinking as economists and develop a logical approach to thinking and reasoning. Also by learning how to use economic data from a range of sources, such as tables, charts and graphs, learners will acquire the skills to make informed judgements and to communicate in a clear and concise way. Learners will benefit from these transferrable skills in their further study and employment.

Course Content:

YEAR 10

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Economics
    • Introduction to economics
    • The role of markets and money

Year 11

  • Unit 2 National and international Economics
    • Economics objectives and the role of government
    • International trade and the global economy

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 apprenticeship programme.

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%
    • 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.

Course Content:

YEAR 12

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
  • Theme 2: The UK economy- performance and policies

YEAR 13

  • Theme 3: Business behavior and the labour market
  • Theme 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