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I am unable to praise it enough or to express how supportive and nurturing I have felt the entire staff to be.

Business Studies

Introduction

As we were a Business and Enterprise College, this subject has an important role to play, not only in the business-related curriculum, but also in the wider life of the school. Our students, both past and present, have not only achieved excellent exam results, but have also gained a great deal from activities such as Young Enterprise and QEGS Enterprise, where students have the opportunity to form their own mini-enterprises. Students have the opportunity to go on a range of visits to local businesses and we also arrange guest speakers to enhance students' learning of the real business world.

Facilities

Most of the Business Studies teaching is based in three rooms, all of which have excellent IT facilities.

Curriculum

In Year 7 all students have a discrete one hour lesson taught by the Headteacher. This gives the students a taster of the fundamental areas such as Gap in the Market, Marketing, Break-even analysis and Business Ownership. The highlight for many is a research task based on the marketing of a chocolate bar, which includes a trip to Cadbury World!

All students take GCSE Business Studies, beginning the GCSE course in Y9 and taking the final examinations in Y11.

In the sixth form there is a wide variety of Business Studies courses to choose from. For students that are particularly self-motivated, well organised and enjoy research tasks there is the Technical Level in Business Marketing. This course is assessed through 50% coursework and 50% examination and benefits from close collaboration with a local employer, Butlin's, as well as having transferable skills as a mandatory part of the qualification.

There is also the traditional A-level Business Studies course which is exam based.

The Business Studies Department also run A-Level Economics, which is becoming increasingly popular.

Staff

Business Studies is taught by the Subject Leader for Business Studies, Mrs Reyes, Miss Francis, Mr Lavender and Mr Teasdale.