Business Studies

 

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Teaching Staff

The Head of Department is:

  •  Mrs N Herron BEd (Hons) MSc

The other department member is:

  •  Mrs R Cooper BSc (Hons) MSc PGCE

Since the department’s inception in 1997 the number of students choosing to study Business Studies has grown to the extent that it has become one of the most popular choices at both GCSE and A level. The teaching team prides itself in the results their pupils achieve, some of which have been outstanding. For example, a number of GCSE pupils have achieved results in the top three places in Northern Ireland, in addition to an A Level student achieving a place among the top five students in the United Kingdom. The staff are committed to providing a diverse range of teaching and learning experiences which are enhanced by their experience as examiners of both GCSE and A level specifications.

No matter how young or old everyone is affected by the activities of business and government. Business Studies helps students understand more about how and why businesses operate in the way that they do. Students are able to relate what they study to everyday activities, such as purchasing goods, and the news reported in the media. It is offered as a GCSE and an Advanced Level qualification.

KEY STAGE 3

Although Business Studies is not offered as a subject at Key Stage 3 it has strong links with many subjects such as the Employability element of the subject Learning for Life and Work.

To provide a flavour of the subject for Year 10 pupils, they are given the opportunity to participate in the Young Enterprise Project Business programme. This affords pupils the opportunity to gain a practical, activity-based insight into the world of business through sharing the real life experiences of a local business adviser.

You can find more information on this programme on: www.yeni.co.uk

GCSE (CCEA SPECIFICATION)

This course helps students develop a range of skills such as: decision making; interpreting and managing information; and devising solutions to problems and issues. Such skills do not only contribute to academic success but are essential life and career skills.

COURSE CONTENT

Unit 1: Creating A Business includes three sections, Creating a Business (which contains, ownership, business aims, stakeholders, resources and entrepreneurs), Production (which contains types and methods of production, quality and Health and Safety) and Marketing (which contains market research and the marketing mix).

Unit 2: Developing a Business, Finance (which contains cash flow, accounts, ratios and break-even), Managing People (which contains recruitment, selection and developing people), Business Growth (which contains business success and failure, growth, international business and e-commerce), and Business Planning.

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1 is a written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and represents 40% of the total course weighting.

Unit 2 is a written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes and represents 40% of the total course weighting.

Controlled Assessment – students will complete two booklets, one is pre-released and the second is examination based. This represents 20% of the course.

The following summary documents provide an overview of the GCSE course, key departmental policies and procedures, and tips for effective learning and parental support.

A LEVEL (CCEA SPECIFICATION)pe_00474824

OVERVIEW

Through the study of CCEA business studies students should be encouraged to:

• develop an enthusiasm for studying for business;

• gain a holistic understanding of business;

• develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants;

• understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives;

• generate enterprising and creative solutions to business problems and issues;

• be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals; and

• acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and the quantification and management of information.

COURSE CONTENT

The specification has been designed to provide candidates with a critical understanding of:

  • the internal functions of business organisations;
  • the dynamic external environment within which businesses operate;
  • the major topical issues that can generate change for business organisations and methods of response;
  • and a range of stakeholder perspectives.

The study of this course will allow for the acquisition of important and transferable skills such as;-

  • data skills;
  • presenting arguments, making judgements and providing recommendations;
  • recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions using appropriate business tools and methods;
  • planning work and time management;
  • conducting research;
  • and challenging assumptions.

This specification provides a smooth transition from GCSE, although this is not a pre-requisite for studying this subject to AS/A level. However, a grade B or above at GCSE would show a good aptitude for the subject. It lays an appropriate foundation for further study of the subject or indeed many related subjects in higher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhile course for every candidate in terms of general education and lifelong learning.

CCEA modules and weighting:-

  • AS 1: Introduction to Business (50% of AS marks/20% of A level marks)
  • AS 2: Growing the Business (50% of AS marks/20% of A level marks)
  • A2 1: Strategic Decision Making (30% of A2 marks)
  • A2 2: The Competitive Business Environment (30% of A2 marks)

ASSESSMENT

AS LEVEL

  • AS 1 is assessed through an examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes comprising 2 compulsory structured data response questions.
  • AS 2 is again assessed through an examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes comprising 2 compulsory structured data response questions.

A2 LEVEL

  • A2 1 is assessed through 5 compulsory structured data response questions lasting 2 hours.
  • A2 2 is assessed through 6 compulsory structured data response questions lasting 2 hours.

For more information visit: http://www.ccea.org.uk/business_studies/

TEACHING METHODS

Much learning is based on discussion and debates on recent topical business and Government events and actions. A variety of teaching methods are used to deliver each course, for example, case studies, DVDs and industrial visits. In addition, extensive use is made of ICT.

A major focus when preparing candidates for Business Studies examinations is on the key assessment objectives. As such, ample training is provided to build knowledge and understanding as well as the skills of application, analysis and evaluation.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Both GCSE and A level pupils will participate in an industrial visit.
  • A selection of GCSE and A level pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in business competitions and events as they arise throughout the year.
  • The the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge competition will be open to all pupils.

And finally, the members of the Business Studies department feel privileged to play a part in educating the entrepreneurs of the future!

 

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