We aim to create the very best Business students. The aim of the Business curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to develop their employability and identify business problems and opportunities. The curriculum is designed for students to enjoy exploring the world of business through understanding how a business operates and how the different departments liaise with each other.
Year 9 will be a foundation year where we will predominantly cover Business Activity – enterprise, business ownership, aims and objectives, stakeholders and business growth. We then move to Marketing – the role of marketing, market research, market segmentation and finally the marketing mix.
Year 10 then focuses on covering more of the GCSE specification for this course which includes studying Human Resources looking at the role of Human Resources, organisational structures, communication, recruitment and selection, motivation and retention, training and development and Employment Law. We finish the year with Operations looking at production processes, quality of goods and services, the sales process and customer service, Consumer Law, business location and working with suppliers.
Year 11 completes the specification coverage with finance looking at the role of the finance function within businesses, sources of finance, revenue, costs, profit and loss, break-even calculations and cash and cash flow. The final unit covers the influences on businesses including ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation. The course completes before the February half term allowing for revision of all topics before students sit their final examinations.
Year 9 and Year 10 will see assessments taking place through classwork and end of term assessments using past paper examination questions. These assessments are designed to check understanding, help us identify gaps in learning and begin to teach the skills required for success in future examinations.
At the end of their studies in Year 11 students will be expected to complete two examinations:
Business 1 (business activity, marketing and people); and
Business 2 (operations, finance and influences on business)
Both are external examinations of 1 hour and 30 minutes each and carry 50% of the total GCSE qualification. The first 15 questions of each examination are multiple choice. The remaining questions are then short and long answer-based questions on business case studies.
|Business: Exam Board (OCR) Resources||External Link|
|Business: School Revision Guide||School PDF Document|