Business Studies

Business Studies at Settle College is a very popular and successful subject. Business Studies is one of the most interesting, relevant and varied subjects available. Business is all around us and we are all consumers who are impacted by business or government decisions.

Newspaper and television headlines offer continual reminders of how important the business world is to us all. In recent years much attention has been directed to issues such as fair trade, business ethics, global warming and the credit crunch. Television programmes like “The Apprentice” and “Dragons’ Den” show how exciting it can be to be involved in business.

Our aims are:

  • To develop entrepreneurial and enterprise skills of our students
  • To provide a practical insight into the world of business
  • To equip our students with the necessary skills and qualifications to succeed in later life

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business Studies

The GCSE Business course can help you prepare for further and higher education. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry. Students can go on to study at level 3 with a Business Studies BTEC.

For this course it is important for us to link with local small business and students benefit from speaking to successful local entrepreneurs.

GCSE student quotes:

“It is helping me develop new skills so I am able to work in business.” Current GCSE Student

“We are learning how real businesses are run”

“We undertake various activities, we don’t just write things down, we have discussions and learn on the computers which is more interesting”

“Business is very challenging but it is so relevant and different. I enjoy the debates we have and I am learning that there are often two arguments to every decision taken by either business or government”

Key Stage 5

ADVANCED GCE IN BUSINESS

Awarding Body
Edexcel

Useful Websites
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/business-2015.html

The Advanced GCE in Business is structured into themes and consists of three externally examined papers.  Students are introduced to business through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. 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.

Subject Staff
Mr S Murphy (Subject Leader)

Student Comments
“We get to look at Business in more depth than GCSE, focusing on specific examples”.
“I am enjoying how varied the lessons are. We work independently on some tasks but in groups on others. I am becoming more confident in expressing my ideas.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs Grade C or above
Students do not need to have studied Business before.

Course Description
Each year of the two year course is made up of two units which develop and introduce new business topics.

In Year 12 students will study the following:
Year 12 students are introduced to Theme 1 and Theme 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work:
Theme 1 MARKETING AND PEOPLE: Meeting customer needs; the market; marketing mix and strategy; managing people; entrepreneurs and leaders.
Theme 2 MANAGING BUSINESS ACTIVITIES: Raising finance; financial planning; managing finance; resource management; external influences.

In Year 13 students will study the following:
Year 13 students are introduced to Theme 3 and Theme 4 requiring them to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information:
Theme 3 BUSINESS DECISIONS AND STRATEGY: Business objectives and strategy; business growth; decision-making techniques; influences on business decisions; assessing competitiveness; managing change .
Theme 4 GLOBAL BUSINESS: Globalisation; global markets and business expansion; global marketing; global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

How will I be assessed?
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business (9BS0/01) June 2018 35% of Advanced GCE
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (9BS/02) June 2018 35% of Advanced GCE
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (9BS0/03) June 2018 30% of Advanced GCE

Progression
Students can progress from this qualification to go to Higher Education courses such as Business Management, Business Administration, Accountancy and Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Retail Management, Tourism Management and International Business.  Alternatively, there are a wide range of careers ranging from Banking, Sales, Product Management and General Management to working in Public Sector organisations or charities.

Cambridge Technical Certificate in Business Studies
Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business Studies

Awarding Body
OCR

Useful Websites
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/cambridge-technicals/cambridge-technicals-2016

A Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is a two year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A-Level programmes or other Cambridge Technical courses.  The full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-Level.  The Cambridge Technical Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS-Level.

Subject Staff
Mr S Murphy (Subject Leader)

Student Comments:
“We get to look at Business in more depth than GCSE, focusing on specific examples.”
“I am enjoying how varied the lessons are.  We work independently on some tasks but in groups on others.  I am becoming more confident in expressing my ideas.”

Course Requirements
4 GCSEs Grade C or above
You do not need to have studied Business before.

Course Description
In Year 12 students will study the following:
Unit 4 – Customers and Communication
Unit 1 – The Business Environment

In Year 13 students will study the following:
Unit 2—Working in Business
Unit 8 – Introduction to Human Resources
Unit 19—International Business
(Year 13 Units—the above may be subject to change)

How will I be assessed?
Vocational subjects changed in 2016.  In the past, students were 100% assessed by their portfolio work.  From 2016, there is a mixture of assessment.  Unit 4, 8 and 19 will be set and marked by the class teacher.  Unit 1 and 2 will be external examinations.  Students’ work will be graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.  The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-Level and carries UCAS points.  The Cambridge Technical Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS-Level and carries UCAS points too.

Progression
Students who have followed this course have gone on to a wide range of courses and careers.  These include Sports Science, Law, Business and Journalism.

Employer and Higher Education Institution Recognition
The following have endorsed this qualification as ‘fit for purpose’ and have collaborated with the exam board.
The Institute of  Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Arden University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Sheffield, Leeds Beckett University, University of Buckinghamshire.

 

Richard Howson - Bus Stud

Richard Howson, CEO of Carillion, speaking to A Level students in the library