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:
- Banking, Investment and Financial Services
- General Management
- Management Consultancy
- Public Relations
- Retail Management.
Students have a fantastic opportunity to achieve well in Business 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 the opportunity to go on a trip to Cadbury World to see how a big brand develops products and markets its products.
In Year 8
Students will follow a topic based programme of study, based on the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) syllabus and the themes it explores. Areas they will cover are:
- spotting a business opportunity
- showing enterprise
- putting a business idea into practice
- how to ensure financial success
- the economic context of the business world.
In Year 9
This is a year of transition and in Business we do our best to support students’ decision making by looking closely at the working world. Students are encouraged to look closely at their skills, talents and interests, then investigate potential career paths that would suit their abilities and aspirations. We look at recruitment and the application process culminating in a day of work shadowing. Preparation for this event include health and safety at work and having a professional attitude and respect towards colleagues.
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.
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
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
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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