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Business Studies

Who are we?

Teacher: Mrs S Clay

What do we do?

Business is a major part of everyone’s life and anybody who has a good idea about how business works is at an immediate advantage in today’s competitive marketplace.  Business Studies is taught as a GCSE option at Key Stage 4. We are currently following the Edexcel specification which is split into three units.

Units 1 and 3 are assessed by examination and constitute 75% of the final grade whilst Unit 2 is an independent research task undertaken under controlled conditions.  A strong aptitude in mathematics, but more particularly, English, is a distinct advantage when considering this subject as a GCSE option.

A day in the life…

Our first term’s work in Year 10 starts with students coming up with an innovative new social enterprise idea that could be run in school. We find out why people chose to run a business (apart from the money), how to conduct primary and secondary market research using qualitative and quantitative data and find out how to add value to a product and we construct market maps to understand how to position a product in a market whilst assessing the competition.  Students use ICT resources along with desk-based learning to investigate important enterprise skills, Blue Skies Thinking, Six Thinking Hats, the importance of planning and understanding the effect of competition and risk, whilst developing the soft skills of teamwork, collaboration and compromise, delegation of roles, working to a time limit and leadership skills.

What career…?

If you are interested in a career in Business, Retail, Sales, Management, Economics, Accountancy, Law, Advertising or Marketing this course is definitely for you.  More than that, it will help you develop your understanding of working practices for whatever direction you choose to take in the future.

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