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:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Banking, Investment and Financial Services
  • General Management
  • HR/Personnel
  • Management Consultancy
  • Public Relations
  • Retail Management.

Students have a fantastic opportunity to achieve well in Business at Onslow St. Audrey’s, with a choice of studying GCSE or BTEC Business Level 2 at KS4 and A Level or BTEC Level 3 Business at KS5.

Key Stage 3

Throughout year 7, 8 and 9, pupils will experience taster days, working closely with the Business department.  Off timetable all day, this ‘drop-down’ experience helps pupils to understand some of the subject content covered within Business at KS4.

Year 7 – In year 7, pupils will explore the world of marketing.  Focusing on the chocolate industry, pupils will work on projects including the history of chocolate, chocolate tasting, chocolate production, packaging design and advertisement.  Students will also be presented with the opportunity of enjoying a trip to Cadbury World.

Year 8 – In year 8, pupils will look closely at Business finance.  Students will develop their understanding of budgeting, from both a personal and business perspective, as well as exploring Business costs and profit and loss.

Year 9 – In year 9, in collaboration with their option choices, pupils will develop a deeper understanding of employability and skills.  Students will develop their CV writing skills, email practice, interview techniques as well as taking part in the Careers Fair.  Students will also be presented with the opportunity to complete a ‘work shadowing day’.  This is where students will shadow a family member or close family friend in the world of work to get a taster of the real world.

Key Stage 4

Students have the opportunity to choose Business Studies as one of their options.  Depending on how best a student demonstrates their learning, will determine which course would be best for them.  BTEC Business is 60% coursework and 40% test.  GCSE is 100% test at the end of the two-year course.

BTEC Business

This course consists of 3 units of work. The first two components of work are completed and assessed in class.

Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises

Component 2 – Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

The third component is assessed through an external test:

Component 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

GCSE Business

This course consists of two units of work, assessed by two tests at the end of Year 11. Each unit is worth 50% of the course as a whole and cover these two themes:

Theme 1 – Investigating a business

Theme 2 – Building a business

School Resources

All of our students have direct access to the specification and topic resources on the student shared area. Revision guides and workbooks are sourced for students.

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