Business Studies is the researching, understanding and application of how a business works. As a Business and Enterprise Academy, we pride ourselves on preparing each student with the knowledge to enable them to succeed in their chosen career path.
Career opportunities from studying Business:
- Business Manager
Key Stage 3 (Yr. 7 & 8)
Students have a fantastic opportunity to achieve well at Onslow St. Audrey’s as unlike other schools, Business is built into the core curriculum from year 7.
In Year 7 students will study the important characteristics of an entrepreneur. We encourage students to explore their own entrepreneurial skills and teach them a range of skills including, creative thinking, risk taking and collaborative working. This will include a trip to Cadbury World to see how a big brand develops products and markets itself.
In Year 8 students will follow a topic based programme of study based on Unit 1 of the GCSE. Areas they will cover are:
- Spotting a business opportunity
- Showing enterprise
- Putting a business idea into practice
- How to ensure success
- The economic context of the business world.
Year 8 also have the opportunity to attend a business trip in the summer.
Key Stage 4 (Yr. 9, 10 & 11)
Students start their Business qualification at the start of Year 9. They will study either BTEC Business or GCSE Business.
In Year 9 students will embark on Unit 8 looking at recruitment, selection and employment. They will build CVs and take part in mock interviews whilst going through a recruitment process. Outside business speakers will form an integral part to the delivery of this course.
In Years 10 and 11 students develop the knowledge that they have already acquired and complete projects on starting a business, the economic environment and business support. There is an exam at the end of Year 10 on finance that counts for 25% of the total marks.
In Year 9 students will begin to analyse, criticise and challenge topics from finance to the economic environment.
In Years 10 and 11 students will start to work on Unit 3 and their controlled assessment. This is an exciting opportunity to start exploring local businesses gaining an insight into how a business exists and the importance of key elements such as Marketing, Finance and Human Resource Management.
At the end of Year 11 students will take a Unit 1 and Unit 3 exam which will assess everything that they have learnt over the previous 3 years.
All of our students have direct access to the specification and topic resources on the student shared area.