The aim of the Business Studies course is to develop the pupils’ awareness and understanding of the business and the industrial and commercial community to which they belong at a local and national level. Pupils learn about the world of work through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks. Pupils are given opportunities to use their own past and present experiences to develop knowledge and understanding, develop their problem solving and decision making skills and ultimately taking responsibility for their learning. Opportunities exist for pupils of all abilities to access a syllabus suited to their strengths at GCSE and be the best they can be.
The Business Studies Curriculum
Business Studies is an option subject, and as such is studied in Key Stage 4 only. All pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE Business Studies course.
The GCSE specification from the Edexcel examination board is for a linear course. This course involves three units:
Unit 1 leads to an externally marked exam, worth 25% of the qualification
Unit 2 is a controlled assessment task, also worth 25% of the qualification
Unit 3 leads to an externally marked exam, worth the remaining 50% of the qualification.
Where this subject can take you
Business Studies can help prepare pupils for further and higher education. It will prepare pupils for AS / A2 Levels as well as BTEC courses in many subjects. Pupils will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team. A GCSE business qualification could lead to work in a business related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing, the leisure and tourism industry or indeed working for yourself, setting up your own business.
Year 9 Social Enterprise and Business Challenge
Business Studies is not an option at Key Stage 3, however the department has established an important new link with Faith and Football to bring the world of business to pupils in Year 9.
The Faith and Football Social Enterprise and Business Challenge is designed for Year 9 pupils to create a company to develop a business idea and turn it into a practical and real way of generating income. The pupils must work as part of a team to demonstrate enterprise skills including teamwork, communication, problem solving, risk taking, sales and marketing together with financial and economic literacy. The pupils work alongside a Faith and Football Business Mentor who has a wealth of business experience and knowledge. Business Mentors meet regularly with the teams and host weekly business surgeries for team members during the course of the challenge. All profits made by the pupils go towards supporting the work of Faith and Football in the UK, India and Africa. Schools all across Hampshire are involved in the challenge and the winning team announced at the Final Presentation event at Fratton Park FC wins a trip of a lifetime to Goa, India.
The aims of the challenge are:
- To challenge pupils to be enterprising and learn about business
- To give pupils the opportunity to work as a member of a team
- To develop pupils confidence, aspirations and understanding of business
- To create a practical and real business generating income
- To help others in need
- To give pupils working experience on a unique and real project
- To increase pupils employability and enterprise skills
- To understand the need for a competitive element in business