“If opportunity doesn’t come knocking, build a door” Milton Berle

Business Studies is designed for students to learn about the skills needed for running a successful business, such as managing money, advertising and employing staff. As they progress from KS4 to 5 students will study real life businesses in more depth and be able to apply their learning to real life situations and scenarios.

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GCSE

EDEXCEL BTEC FIRST AWARD IN BUSINESS – This qualification has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of business. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4. Students will have 1 online assessment in Year 10 and the remainder of the course is assessed through coursework (75% weighting).

OCR GCSE Business Studies – This GCSE has been created to help prepare you for further education and business related careers through studying a number of areas relevant to businesses in the real world. Students will study Enterprise, Marketing, Finance, Production and People. Students will be assessed at the end of Year 11 by completing two written exams.

Sixth Form

AQA Business A Level – You will study businesses from a variety of contexts including large/small, UK focused/global, services/manufacturing. The course not only concentrates on the internal goings-on of businesses, but looks at the fast changing external environment in which these businesses work. You will consider well-known businesses from the perspective of different stakeholders. Critically, you will gain an understanding of the strategic decisions made by businesses in order to increase their competitiveness in the market place. Students will be assessed by completing three exam papers at the end of Year 13.

AQA Economics A Level – Without some knowledge of economics, it is impossible to understand the world in which we live in (and the global economic crisis since 2008). Every day, for example, the media report about economic issues such as unemployment, inflation (rising prices), economic growth, government spending and taxation, exchange rates, international trade and share / commodity price and exchange rate movements. Economics is a rigorous and rewarding academic subject which is well respected by Universities and employers alike. Studying economics will help you to consider and discover when politicians are not telling the economic truth. A qualification in economics is an excellent basis for a career in different areas. Students will be assessed by completing three exam papers at the end of Year 13.

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