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Welcome to the Business Studies Department. Our vision is to inspire, challenge and engage our students in achieving aspirational grades/results and to be an outstanding department area. Our job is to encourage and work with our students to make Business a fun and dynamic subject which they will strive and succeed in. We are delighted to announce that the Business Department scored its best results to date, which you can find below. We scored an average residual score of +7.11 against National Averages and other subject areas in the Academy. This has come from the continuous drive and determination of both our students and the staff in the subject area. Thank you to both the students and staff for their continuous hard work.

Staff

Mr Kelly (Head of Technology Faculty: DT, IT, Business Studies) – lkelly@asachelt.org

Miss Pettit (Teacher of Business) – kpettit@asachelt.org

Mr Kerr (Teacher of Business) – rkerr@asachelt.org

What is Business Studies?

Business is a practical and work related course. It will equip and provide opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and further education.

Business Studies may be a completely new subject to students, however we will be studying companies that you are familiar with, such as; Cadbury, McDonalds, New Look, Republic, Nike, Tesco and a range of sports clubs. You will be surprised how much business knowledge you already have!

2015 Department Results

Year 11 Btec

Year 12 Btec Level 3

Year 13 Btec Level 3

Year 12 A-level

Year 13 A-level

97%

Dist*-Pass

100%

Dist*-Pass

100%

Dist*-Pass

92%

A*-E

100%

A*-E

13%

Dist*

46%

Dist*

68%

Dist*

17%

B grade

29%

B grade

18%

Dist

12%

Dist

23%

Dist

8%

C grade

43%

C grade

23%

Merit

20%

Merit

6%

Merit

42%

D grade

29%

D grade

42%

Pass

23%

Pass

3%

Pass

25%

E grade

 

68 Students

26 Students

31 Students

12 Students

7 Students

 

Curriculum

The Business Studies Department offer a wide variety of Business courses to cater for all student needs. To support students studying Business (Years 9 – 13), there will be a range of guest speakers and visits to local firms to help inspire students and give a context to their learning. 

 

Year 9, 10 and 11 Vocational pathway

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise (equivalent to 1 X GCSE) -

-        75% Coursework

-        25% Controlled Assessment

In Year 9, all Business students will begin preparing for our optional Business course by taking part in a Business Enterprise project where students in teams learn how to develop their own product and brand, whilst finishing with a Dragon’s Den style pitch.

By the end of Year 9 students will have studied; Unit 1 – Introduction to Business and Enterprise; Ownership, types of contracts, skills, types of customers, researched a variety of entrepreneurs, their characteristics and how they have become successful, explore three potential business ideas. In Year 10 and 11, students will study Unit 3 Finance for Business and Enterprise; which includes, costs, revenues, cash flow, budgets, profit and loss and break even.  They will also complete Unit 2 in Marketing, which is their controlled assessment unit. In Unit 4 – Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project - students are expected to research, setup and create their own business plan. The unit will conclude with a project plan and pitch to local Business managers.

 

Year 9, 10 and 11 GCSE pathway

GCSE WJEC Business Studies

-75% Exam

-25% Controlled Assessment

In Year 9, all Business students will begin preparing for our optional Business course by taking part in a Business Enterprise project where students in teams learn how to develop their own product and brand, whilst finishing with a Dragon’s Den style pitch.

Once the course begins students will study Unit 1 – The Business Framework, which involves understanding how businesses start and the functions of the entrepreneur. They will also study Unit 2 – Businesses and their Customers. This focuses on marketing and requires the students to demonstrate an understanding of the product life cycle and other strategies. In Year 10 the students move on to study Unit 3 – Producing Goods and Services. This topic involves production, the importance of location and functional departments in a business. Unit 4 is about Human Resource Planning which focuses on the recruitment process and the importance of selecting the correct staff. Towards the end of Year 10, the students will start to focus and prepare for their controlled assessment. Finally, in Year 11 the students will study the external environment and Finance, the final two units.

 

Sixth Form - Year 12 & 13

Students can select either a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or GCE Applied A-level Business course in Sixth Form. Both courses are equivalent to 1 A-level and gain UCAS points which are recognised by all Universities. Both courses have been designed specifically alongside the business sector to cater for both learners wishing to go to University and to equip students with the skills required for full time employment in the business industry.

Studying a BTEC Level 3 in Business will focus on; Department, Sectors, Ownership, Marketing, Communication, Finance and Accounting, Business Ethics and Starting your own Business.

Studying a GCE Applied A-level will focus on students studying two coursework elements in each year; Starting a Small Business, Marketing, Motivation / HR, Business People and Organising an Event. There are two external exams, one in each year.

 

Trips

There will be a selection of trips available to students in Years 9 - 13. These opportunities will help to support and give a clear context to learning back in the classroom. The Business Studies Department are hoping to run the following trips;

  • Cadbury World – Year 9 Business
  • Jaguar - Year 10 / 11 Business
  • Capita - Gifted and Talented Trip
  • New York - Year 12 / 13 Business
  • We are open to all ideas, especially if any parents are willing to let us visit where they work.

 

Extra-Curricular

1)     Business Revision/catch up.

Every Wednesday and Thursday after school (3.15 – 4.15pm) in MG.02, there will be extra Business revision and coursework catch up sessions for all students in Year 9 – 13.

2)     Start Up

Start Up is a Business Enrichment activity for Sixth Form students to have the opportunity to start up and create their own Business. Students work in teams and are supported by staff and business professionals from outside of school. There will be a competition against neighbouring schools also offering Start. This takes place in MG.01 on Thursday’s after school (3.15 – 4.15).

 

Future possibilities

Studying Business opens up a wealth of options which students have access too.

Options next

BTEC Business Level 2 

GCSE Business

 

BTEC Business Level 3

A-Level

Students who have studied Business at BTEC L2 / GCSE can move on to study Business at BTEC L3 or A-level at ASA Sixth Form.

 

i. BTEC Higher Nationals in Business.

ii. University Business degrees

iii. University Business degrees combined with subjects such as, Law, Psychology, Media, Engineering, English, Math’s and Languages.

iv. Full time employment in business - The course will equip learners with the necessary skills to operate efficiently in the workplace. Such as; Marketing, Sales, Finance, Customer Service, HR, Production, Administration, Retail and practical skills based careers.

v. Apprenticeships / Employment / Business start up

 

How Parents/Carers can support the Business Department

Do you work for a business and would like to share your experiences with our students? Or offer us a guided tour of where you work? Or do you know someone who might be able to help?

If so, then we would love to hear from. This could really spark an interest amongst our students and make a real difference that could lead them to becoming the next Lord Sugar or Richard Branson!

 

Please contact Mr Kelly on lkelly@asachelt.org or 01242 711299