Welcome to Business Studies at The Buckingham School. The department offers relevant and appropriate qualifications that will lead students onto higher level courses and professions as well as providing them with a life long educational experience.
Key Stage 4 GCSE Business Studies (Year 9, Year 10 & Year 11)
GCSE qualifications in Business Subjects encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The GCSEs should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:
■ actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
■ use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
■ develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
■ appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
■ consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.
The Course content and mark allocation is described below.
Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business
Compulsory unit • Externally assessed • Availability: 25% of the total GCSE Overview of content This unit contains five topics: • spotting a business opportunity • showing enterprise • putting a business idea into practice • making the start-up effective • understanding the economic context. Overview of assessment • External examination: 45 minutes • Compulsory multiple-choice and objective test questions with a total of 40 marks
Unit 2 Introduction to Small Business
Unit 2 Investigating Small Business Compulsory unit • internally assessed • Availability: 25% of the total GCSE Overview of content • Same content as Unit 1. Overview of assessment • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. • Students complete one Edexcel-set task with a total of 40 marks. • Research/investigation – approximately two weeks of curriculum of time (a maximum of six hours). • Analysis/evaluation of task (final write-up) – approximately one week of curriculum time (a maximum of three hours). • The task is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel
Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing
Unit 3 Building a Business • Compulsory unit for GCSE Business Studies pathway only • Externally assessed • Availability: June series 50% of the total GCSE Overview of content This unit contains five topics: • marketing • meeting customer needs • effective financial management • effective people management • the wider world affecting business. Overview of assessment • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes • Students will be required to answer all questions from Sections A, B and C. • Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short- and extended-answer, data response and scenario-based questions with a total of 90 marks.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
A high performing series of qualifications placing the Business Studies Department in the top 25% of National Attainment data (ALPS 2015) 100% A* - B GCE A Level Business Results in 2015: 85% D* - D in BTEC L3 Business Subsidiary Diploma. High percentages of students enrolling onto Universities studying related qualifications and subsequently entering professions in Chartered Accountancy, Marketing and Finance.
The department has been led for twelve years by outstanding dynamic industry experienced professionals recognised by Ofsted and Business Organisations. The department offers:
A Level GCE Business
Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. Theme 1: Marketing and people Theme 2: Managing business activities Students will develop an understanding of: · meeting customer needs · the market · marketing mix and strategy · managing people · entrepreneurs and leaders. Students will develop an understanding of: · raising finance · financial planning · managing finance · resource management · external influences. Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy Theme 4: Global business This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of: · business objectives and strategy · business growth · decision-making techniques · influences on business decisions · assessing competitiveness · managing change. This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of: · globalisation · global markets and business expansion · global marketing · global industries and companies (multinational corporations)
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business.
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – 60 credits The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualification such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning (eg through another BTEC qualification)
The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business Studies carries a maximum of 140 UCAS points (D*). Students have combined this qualification with A Levels and have successfully gained places on University Courses.