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Business - Subject Guide

Introduction

Business is an engaging and inspiring subject which reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving business environment. It is a qualification that enables students to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals and helps them to succeed in a variety of pathways.  The Business Department offers both GCSE and A-Level Edexcel Business courses, and a ten week taster course for all Year 9 students.

Business, at both GCSE and A-Level aims to help students understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society. Business issues are analysed in relation to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts. Students are encouraged to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems. Learning involves lots of business case studies and activities, with many practical examples and business investigations. Business involves practical work, group activities, presentations and problem-solving. There is a quantitative element to the courses and students are expected to apply the maths skills that they have already developed, including using and interpreting data.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we deliver a ten week Year 9 taster course. It involves a marketing project that covers researching, developing and launching a new product.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel Business course which is divided into two distinct themes:

Theme 1: Investigating Small Business

  1. Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  2. Spotting a business opportunity
  3. Putting a business idea into practice
  4. Making the business effective
  5. Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: Building a Business

  1. Growing the business
  2. Making marketing decisions
  3. Making operational decisions
  4. Making financial decisions
  5. Making human resource decisions

Assessment

Business at GCSE consists of two externally-examined written papers at the end of Year 11. The exams are a combination of multiple choice questions, calculations, short answers and extended responses.

Specification

Edexcel GCSE Business

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we also follow the Edexcel Business course which is divided into four distinct themes:

Theme 1: Marketing and People

  1. Meeting customer needs
  2. The market
  3. Marketing mix and strategy
  4. Managing people
  5. Entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities

  1. Raising finance
  2. Financial planning
  3. Managing finance
  4. Resource management
  5. External influences

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy

  1. Business objectives and strategy
  2. Business growth
  3. Decision-making techniques
  4. Influences on business decisions
  5. Assessing competitiveness
  6. Managing change

Theme 4: Global Business

  1. Globalisation
  2. Global markets and business expansion
  3. Global marketing
  4. Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Assessment

Business at A-Level consists of three externally-examined written papers at the end of Year 13. The exams are a combination of calculations and a variety of demanding extended written responses. Paper 3 is based on a pre-released document issued in the November of Year 13.

Specification

A-Level Edexcel Business

Resources

The department is based in two specialist rooms, in both, the Sixth Form Building (on Beechdale Road) and in the new building on the Lower School Site (also on Beechdale Road).  Each room has a digital projector, including a smart board in the new building.  We have created uniquely designed workbooks for Year 9 and GCSE, with A Level classes working in folders.  We do not use textbooks in the department and mainly like to create all our own resources, although, on occasion, we do buy in some excellent materials from a variety of sources.  There are two specialist Business teachers within the department. 

Successes

Business is a popular choice for students at Trinity with a significant number of students achieving above their target grades.  Many students also progress onto a Business degree when they leave the Sixth Form.

Business students have successfully competed in the CIPFA Management Games at Nottingham Trent University and we have effectively run Young Enterprise for a number of years, with the students accumulating a variety of awards over the years.

As a department, we are very proud of our recent partnership and collaboration with All Saints and Christ the King, and look forward to a continued and successful relationship over the coming years.