Business Studies is a popular subject for students at both Key Stage 4 and 5.
The programmes offered, give pupils the chance to gain a practical insight into the ways in which businesses work and the issues and constraints that businesses face from both within and outside of the organisation.
Pupils are given the opportunity to investigate businesses at both a local and national level and apply business theory to given situations. This is an exciting subject area for students which can broaden their skills set and provide them with opportunities to debate current issues facing businesses.
Who we are?
Ms R Amir
For more information on this curriculum area please contact:
Head of Department, Ms R Amir. Email: email@example.com
Aims and enrichment
Business understanding is essential to many careers and, therefore, the business courses are open to anyone who has an interest in this subject area.
Many of our students go on to study Business at A Level and degree level.
The courses offered help pupils develop a wide range of transferable skills such as:
- Team working
- Communication skills
- Report writing skills
- The ability to collect and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate formats
- The experience of using a wide range of IT applications
Our Year 12 students take part in the “Brent Cross Challenge” every year where students compete with other schools by pitching their ideas in relation to a specific challenge for an assigned outlet within Brent Cross.
Dragon’s Den during MyZone allows students to use their creative energies to tender for the development of a specific product idea. This “Dragon’s Den” style activity is designed to enhance planning, team work, and presentation skills.
Key stage 4
Our vision is to develop real world, enterprising, higher education and employability skills for tomorrow’s leaders and to prepare our students for the dynamic and global business environment.
We are here to equip our students with essential knowledge about the profit motive, the functions of business, and the wider business environment.
- Business Education involves critical thinking, interpretation of data, and manipulation of concepts and ideas.
- Business Studies deals with specific businesses and how they operate in the external environment, looking at how they overcome problems such as finding finance and staff, and marketing their products profitably.
- The skills of application, analysis and evaluation which are developed in these subjects are highly valued by universities and employers because they show your ability to think critically. It’s a useful subject for careers in banking, finance, management and many more.
Paper 1 – Theme 1: Investigating small business
Paper 2 – Theme 2: Building a business
Written exam: 90 minutes, 90 marks
Multiple choice, calculation, short-answer and extended-writing questions.
Theme 1: Investigating Small Business
Written examination: 50% of the qualification
- Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
- Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity
- Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
- Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
- Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business
Theme 2: Building a Business
Written examination: 50% of the qualification
- Topic 2.1 Growing the business
- Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions
- Topic 2.3 Making product decisions
- Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
- Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions
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Key stage 5
At KS5, we offer an A Level.
Unit 1 – The Business Environment:
Students will develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate in the way they do. They will look at a range of different types of business and business structures, and explore how the ownership of a business and its objectives are interrelated. They will gain an understanding of the legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints under which a business must operate and how these can affect business behaviour. They will also explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment, and the necessity for a business to plan.
Unit 2 – Working in Business:
This unit will cover the skills and understanding needed to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders.
Unit 4 – Customers and Communication:
In this unit, students will learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. They will also have the opportunity to practice and develop their business communication skills.
The two optional units offered to complete the qualification are as follows:
Unit 5 – Marketing and Market Research:
The unit has particular emphasis on the role of market research and how it contributes to marketing decision-making, and the actions a business may take. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of primary and secondary market research methods used to inform marketing decision-making and any constraints on marketing activities. They will also develop an understanding of the importance of selecting appropriate market research methods for market research proposals and you will be able to carry out market research, analyse and present the findings.
Unit 8 – Introduction to Human Resources:
This unit will give students an overview of the HR function and learn about factors affecting human resources planning. Students will understand the importance of motivating and training employees to achieve their potential and be able to assess the effectiveness of training and development as well as learn how to measure employee performance.
Students will be examined through a mixture of external exam and internally set coursework.
- Unit 1 Exam: 2 hour written paper, 90 marks
- Unit 2 Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes written paper, 60 marks
- Unit 4, 5 and 8 are Coursework units.