As 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 such activities as Young Enterprise, forming their own mini-enterprises, the Year 9 Co-Op Challenge and other Enterprise Days, to name but a few!
Most of the Business Studies teaching is based in three rooms, all of which have excellent IT facilities. In all of these rooms there are electronic white boards, which are used to enhance the learning environment.
In Year 7 all students have a discrete one hour lesson. This gives the students a taster of the fundamental areas such as Business Ownership, Marketing Mix, Break-even analysis etc. The highlight being a research task based on a trip to Cadbury World!
All students take GCSE Business Studies, beginning the GCSE course in Y9 and taking the final examinations in Y11. Students also have the opportunity to take AS Accounting in Y10 and 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 A-Level Applied Business Studies courses. There are two of these, single award, which is one A-level, and the double award, which is two A-levels. The majority of units for these are assessed through coursework.
There is also a traditional A-level Business Studies which is predominately exam based and for those students who enjoy a more teacher led approach.
As part of the Business Studies Department we also run classes in AS Economics.
From September 2012 students can now take A-Level economics. This has been in response to increased student interest as the importance of the worlds economy has been in the news regularly over the past few years.
Business Studies is taught by the Subject Leader for Business Studies - Mrs Reyes, Mrs Bierley, Mrs Dobson, Miss Francis, Mrs Jacques and Mr Jaines