As a department we offer Business Studies at GCSE and Business and Economics in Sixth Form. The subjects are very popular options with a large portion of students choosing business at GCSE. Business and Economics related courses are also one of the most popular and employable degree courses for students from the school.
The department offers enrichment in enterprise and our students have reached the finals of an international share dealing competition.
All students can expect a variety of activities, including independent learning. As a department we also emphasise applying knowledge to current affairs and real-life businesses.
“If you make a sale, moreover, to your friend or buy from your friend’s hand, you shall not wrong one another.” Leviticus 25:14-17
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” Maya Angelou
•Students will develop a range of business skills to prepare them for future employment, training and education.
• Develop knowledge of how business and commerce has shaped the world
• How to reflect on their own personal development and how this relates to organisations
• To understand how organisations are structured
• To appreciate what is meant by marketing
• Know how interpret company accounts
• Know how businesses operate
• To appreciate how important people are in business
• To appreciate business ethics
• To recognise ways of minimising environmental impact of industry
Business is not taught as a discrete subject in KS3 elements of business are interleaved in computer science and in the careers element of PSHE. All subjects are encouraged to emphasise how each subject feeds into various careers and by extension organisations
Students can opt to take OCR GCSE Business which supports and challenges learners who wish to develop their understanding of business operations, marketing, finance, the global economy and the interrelationships that exist in commerce and industry. Students will also develop skills in finance and accountancy, project management and case studies.
From 2020 BTEC Business Extended Certificate will be offered full details here BTEC Nationals | Business (2016) | Pearson qualifications
Students are encouraged to participate in the Young Investors competition (grand final contestants 2019). Students are also encouraged to identify and help to organise a business trip, EGX, Cadbury World and Alton Towers.
Business integrates into all subjects across the curriculum. Particularly close links can be made with human geography, RE (ethics), DT (product design), science (environment), computer science and the creative subjects (marketing)
Students re encouraged to develop the use of acronyms and initialisms
The computer science KS3 curriculum has a clear emphasis on real world applications and encourages students to consider careers, business and organisation.