Business Studies appeals to anyone with an inquisitive mind. Successful businesses often start with a simple idea. However, it is the ability to harness this idea and turn it into a viable and competitive business that proves to be the real measure of success. This is an exciting, dynamic subject and in our teaching we use current television items, newspaper articles and debates to stimulate discussion and understanding
Business Studies embeds perfectly with any subject in the curriculum and pupils have opportunities to develop their language, mathematical, creative and analytical skills. We focus on how invention drives business forward and pupils are encouraged to have opinions and new ideas; skills which will always be of benefit whether they progress to working in a major corporation or setting up their own venture. This subject suits anyone who is motivated and wants to do well in life.
Senior school curriculum
In year 13 the focus is on the four functional areas of a business: finance, human resources, marketing and operations. Pupils organise and run a ‘business fair' where they choose and sell products to other pupils and the highest profit maker wins, with all proceeds going to a local charity.
GCSE – Business Studies and Economics
We start with identifying ‘what makes an entrepreneur?'. We investigate school age entrepreneurs such as Fraser Doherty of ‘Superjam’ and analyse how he grew his company. Pupils practise thinking skills, such as lateral thinking, that can help us ‘think out of the box’. We learn how to raise finance for a new venture, produce and market a product, motivate staff and serve customers well.
The focus is on how to set up a small business and most importantly how to make it grow. Lessons involve group work, creative activities and presentations, as well as number crunching - it’s always important to know when you have made a profit. In the second year of the course pupils are introduced to basic economics. While learning the importance of small and large business to the UK, pupils also understand how the government manipulates the money within our economy, to improve our quality of lifestyle.
The focus is on UK businesses and we cover a broad range of private, public and ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ organizations. At AS pupils are encouraged to 'think' like a middle manager in a UK company. At A2 they rapidly progress and their thinking now has to be like the CEO of an international corporation.
Pupils use case studies of current businesses to analyse information and business theory to justify their decision making. The focus is on innovation and constantly re-assessing business to keep it competitive. This is a very dynamic course and requires pupils to read the papers and keep up to date with events happening in the world around them. Exams are based on real companies.