Our Faculty consists of a team of five 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 we are preparing students to work in the ever-increasing competitive world where the efficiency and effectiveness of the business and computing community is vital for success and growth of the nation.
The department is fortunate enough to teach out of four modern, state of the art computer rooms with has all the latest hardware and software.
The Business Department is made up of two experienced teacher:
· Mrs Fisher
· Mrs McDonald
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. The specification and assessment encourages students to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues. Most of the assessment material is based on real business situations. By examining and thinking critically about real business situations as they study the subject, students will gain an insight into different contexts which will help them to develop employability skills for the future.
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 AQA Business
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.
Business is a ‘real life’ subject it helps students to become good decision makers and to develop managerial skills. Students will use a range of real business examples to develop their analytical problem solving skills as well as developing valuable evaluative skills, all of which are well sought after in a wide range of careers.
During the first year, A Level Business focusses on decision making and an emphasis on the four functional areas of marketing, human resources, operations and finance. In the second year, the course takes a strategic approach to decision making where students will be able to analyse business strategy and discuss how a business should implement the strategy in order for it to be effective.
Business, Accountancy, Human Resources, Marketing, Actuarial Studies and Management Studies, Economics.
Minimum grade 6 in Business if studied at GCSE or a grade 6 in a humanities subject (History, Geography or RE). English and Maths at grade 6.
‘If you can dream, you can do it.’
Steve Jobs CEO Apple
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.
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
Students will be set approximately one piece of independent learning each week. The aim is to support students in embedding their learning and work set will fall under the following headings:
· Developing business ideas (Y9)
· Embedding challenges
· Topic specific tasks or research in business in the real world
· Revising using knowledge organisers for key terms tests and class quizzes
· Comprehension reading tasks
· Revision using self-study unit packs (Y11)
Students can also use
· GCSE Bitesize – https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82
· Business OneNote Revision Page (Y11)
For further information, please contact Mrs Fisher, Curriculum Leader for Business, Computing and ICT