Business

Department Ethos

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.

At Bishop Perowne Business is taught from Year 9 up to GCSE. OCR GCSE Business (9-1)

Topics

Year 9 will be a foundation year where we will predominantly cover enterprise incorporating marketing, finances and the roles within a business.

In years 10 and 11 the focus shifts to covering the GCSE specification for this course and covers aspects including business concepts and the issues surrounding the activities of a business. Students will explore the purpose and role of a business from spotting an opportunity through to the growth of an established business. They will also look at the role of marketing, human resources, finance and operations.

Students will also explore how business responds to external influences, such as ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation, and the interdependent nature of business.

Year 9

Year 9 is 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 9 assessments take 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.

Year 10

Year 10 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 10 assessments take 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.

Year 11

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.

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.

After the Course

This qualification provides the ideal foundation for learners to progress to AS and A level Business or other areas of vocational study.

A qualification in Business will be particularly beneficial if you are interested in pursuing courses / careers in Business, Business Administration, Enterprise and Accounting, or teaching.

Year 11 Subject Resources

Description Type
Business: Exam Board (OCR) Resources  External Link
Business: School Revision Guide  School PDF Document

Our Staff

Mrs L Johnson

Teacher

Mrs C Morris

Head of Department