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Business (curriculum)


SUBJECT LEADER: Claire Bennett –
FACULTY LEADER: Denise Hughes –

We introduce learners to the dynamic business environment and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in creating business opportunities and sustaining business growth. Learners will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential skills required for higher education and employment. We aim to nurture an enthusiasm for studying business.

SOCIAL: In business, work is planned to enhance personal transferable skills. These include: time management, adapting to change, teamwork and communication, cooperating well with others and being able to develop solutions to problems/conflicts effectively through enterprise. We are passionate about building excellent teacher/pupils and employer/employee relationships to encourage mutual respect and contribute positively to the learning of each other.
MORAL: Studying business enables learners to understand the importance of right and wrong within employment, covering employees’ rights and responsibilities. Learners will study the consequences within employment of their behaviour and actions. Ethical business practices are covered within the content.
SPIRITUAL: From a business organisation viewpoint, the spiritual considerations of the employees are discussed. Business lessons offer real life up-to-date business activities allowing reflection upon the world they live in and are often delivered in an imaginative and creative way which enthuses the learners to develop their creativity, innovation and imagination. Often, the examples of the relevant experiences of learners are drawn upon to deliver theory content.
CULTURAL: International and globalisation is covered within business from a growth and marketing point of view, enabling pupils to appreciate a range of cultural influences. The external business environment covers the UK economy, past and present, and its impact on our daily lifestyles. Learners are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities within the department. They have the opportunity go on educational visits and have access to business speakers. Throughout the lessons, respect, opinions, attitudes and behaviours are demonstrated allowing pupils to develop their social skills in different business and social environments

MORE ABLE STUDENTS: Talented and Gifted young business entrepreneurs are encouraged to take part in Tycoon in Schools with the Peter Jones Enterprise Foundation. We offer this opportunity to students who show a natural talent towards this specialised subject which allows them to put their theory and learning into practise.

During key stage 4, students can opt to take an additional qualification – Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education.

Level 2 FINANCIAL EDUCATION (More Able program)
Students study 3 units:
Unit 1 Finance, the Individual and Society
Unit 2 Practices of Managing Money
Unit 3 Financial Capability, Work and Enterprise

Each unit is examined. Units 1 and 2 are on-line multiple choice questions using small case studies. Unit 3 is a written exam based on a pre-released case study.

Year 9:
Autumn/Spring term:
Business Ownership: Aims & Objectives, Stakeholders, Sole Traders, Partnerships, Ltd, Plc, Franchise, Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Spring/Summer Term:
Business and its Customers: Marketing, Market Research, Market Segmentation, Product Life Cycle, Product, Price, Place, Promotion, Supply and Demand, E-Commerce

Year 10:
Autumn/Spring term:
Production: Job, Batch and Flow production, Stock Control, Break Even Analysis, Quality, Just in Time and Lean Production methods.
Spring/Summer Term:
Finance: Cash Flow, Profit and Loss Accounts, Balance Sheets and Sources of Finance.
Summer term: Introduction to the controlled assessment titles and research possibilities.

Year 11:
Autumn term:
Controlled Assessment. Six week research project followed by a 3 hour controlled assessment write up.
Spring/Summer Term:
Human resources: Recruitment and Selection, Training, Payment methods, Motivation, Leadership, industrial actions, Rights and Responsibilities of employers and employees.
External Environment: Inflation, Interest Rates, Exchange Rates, Ethical business, Environment business, Tax.


Year 9:
Autumn/Spring term:
Computer Software Skill: Website design, Word processing techniques
Spring/Summer term:
Human resources: Recruitment and Selection, Training, Payment methods, rewarding staff, Leadership, industrial actions, Rights and Responsibilities of employers and employees.
Summer Term:
Workplace Organisation: working environments, effective workplace design, health and safety at work, modern working practices, flexible working, using resources with consideration,

Year 10:
Autumn/Spring term:
Computer Software: Spreadsheets
The Business Environment: aims and objectives, business success and failure, stakeholders interests and influences, business organization
Spring/Summer term:
Business Administration: administration in business, business functions, roles and responsibilities, planning and prioritising
Communications: Importance of communication, communication systems, choosing the right mediums, barriers to communication
Year 11:
Autumn term:
Controlled Assessment: 8 hour research into a given ICT in Business project, 4 hour controlled design and write up
Spring/Summer term:
Computer Software: Databases
ICT and business communications: graphics and desktop publishing, WAN and LAN
Security of data: ICT data systems in business, methods of protecting data, data protection and the law.
Internet and E-commerce: purpose of a website, opportunities provided by a website, risks of using the internet.

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