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Department Overview

Our Faculty consists of a team of 5 keen, innovative and creative teachers of Business, Computing and ICT who aim to instil into our students both our interest in and enjoyment of the subjects we offer as well as increase their awareness and understanding of the topics and issues covered. We are committed to promoting the knowledge and skills that students require to both further their education and beyond. We believe that what we offer is essential for young people in an increasingly small and globalised world.

The department is fortunate enough to teach out of 5 modern, state of the art computer rooms with has all the latest hardware and software.

 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Business

Business is an engaging course that encourages students to use their knowledge of ‘real life’ business situations and apply them to theory studied during lessons.  The GCSE focusses on students applying their knowledge and understanding to business decision making.

 

WHY CHOOSE GCSE BUSINESS?

  • Business is a changing subject so students have the opportunity to study what is happening at the moment.
  • It gives students the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills including, problem solving, decision making, application of numeracy, collaborative thinking, resilience, analytical and evaluative skills.
  • Students have the opportunity to study a wide range of businesses, including small and large businesses, multinationals as well businesses in a number of different industries.
  • A wide number of teaching techniques are used during the course that gives students the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways.

 

COURSE CONTENT

The course is split into the following areas:

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance

The course takes a holistic approach so students develop links between these subject areas.

The GCSE is examined through two written examinations of 1 hour 45 minutes, both papers are worth 50% of the final grade.  There is combination of multiple choice, short questions, data response and case study questions.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The department offers its students the possibility of competing in a number of business related challenges throughout the course.

The department also offers an opportunity to combine business and computing knowledge working with an external body.

 

Skills for Success and Career Opportunities

Students studying this course can go on to study A-level Business or A-level Economics or BTEC level 3 courses in Business or a level 2 apprenticeship.  Beyond this, students may choose to study Business at university or may take an apprenticeship in a number of business areas.

Other qualities and key skills that can be gained from studying Business: Information & Technology (Resourcefulness), Calculated Risks (Reciprocity), Seeking & Responding to Feedback (Reflectiveness) and Problem Solving

 

Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Mrs Fisher, Curriculum Leader for Business, Computing and ICT