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Head of Business Studies: Mrs Mason

 

"I believe that Business Studies is a subject that provides the students with a wider understanding of how businesses operate and the expectations of the working environment. They explore how businesses need to develop and adapt to the ever changing challenges that they face and enables them to respond to change positively."

Departmental Aims

 

The department focuses its aims on both the structure and classification of business and provides an understanding of the financial and marketing elements of running a business. The students are also learn how businesses operate and expand. Business Studies is a subject that is only offered in Key Stage 4, through a BTEC Qualification. We introduce the students to the content in Year 9, highlighting the different ownership and classification of businesses and the external factors that impact on their development. Therefore, in Years 10 and 11, students' have developed a sound, underpinning knowledge of business structure and operations, enabling them to complete their BTEC work with confidence. The main focus of the department is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, set up, run, review and monitor an enterprise.

 

The Edexcel ‘BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise’ gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The qualification starts in Year 10 where students complete one of the units of coursework and prepare for their initial attempt at the written exam (end of Year 10). During Year 11, students then complete the remaining coursework unit, with further preparation set aside for those students who require further re-sits of the exam.

 

The Edexcel ‘BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise' qualification is divided in to 3 areas:

 

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Enterprises– coursework – 30% of the qualification

 

  • Unit 2 – Planning for and Running an Enterprise – coursework – 30% of the qualification

 

  • Unit 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise – written exam – 40%  of the qualification

 

The full specification for the Edexcel ‘BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise' qualification is available here in PDF format.

Preparation for and introduction to the Edexcel ‘BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

 

Year 9 is used as a skills and knowledge-building year, in preparation for students starting their coursework in Year 10. A number of ‘mini projects’ are completed with the aim of students exploring different business topics. The students will explore:

 

  • The sectors of business

 

  • The classification of business

 

  • The different ownership types

 

  • Government and their role in business

 

  • The internal and external factors that impact on a business’s development

 

  • Market research that businesses undertake

 

Students will be completing the Edexcel ‘BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise’. They begin the year by completing one of the coursework units for their qualification which builds on the development and understanding obtained in Year 9.

 

There are 3 units of work that the students must complete over the 2 year course:

 

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Enterprises (Coursework assignments—30%)

 

  • Unit 2 – Planning for and Running an Enterprise (Coursework assignments—30%)

 

  • Unit 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Exam—40%)

 

 

Students will develop skills which include:

 

  • development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning and carrying out 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 communicating and interacting with customers, monitoring and reflecting on performance of enterprise and own use of skills.

 

Students begin working on Unit 1 – Exploring Enterprises, which requires the students to explore 2 local enterprises and the entrepreneurs. Students will have their first attempt at their external examination during Year 10. They will have up to 3 attempts at this exam over the course of 2 years. It is vital that students meet deadlines as this can affect their overall grade.

 

Business Studies Projects

Students will be completing the Edexcel ‘BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise’.

 

There are 3 units of work that the students must complete over the 2 year course:

 

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Enterprises (Coursework assignments—30%)

 

  • Unit 2 – Planning for and Running an Enterprise (Coursework assignments—30%)

 

  • Unit 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Exam—40%)

 

 

Students will develop skills which include:

 

  • development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning and carrying out 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 communicating and interacting with customers, monitoring and reflecting on performance of enterprise and own use of skills.

 

The students will have completed their Unit 1 coursework (in Year 10) and can begin their Unit 2 work – Planning for and Running an Enterprise.

 

It is vital that students meet deadlines as this can affect their overall grade.

 

All coursework tasks are then sampled and moderated externally by Pearson.

 

 

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