Business Studies

KS4 Provision

There is a strong argument that in the future everyone will need to have had a business education. Whatever you do in your professional life, the chances are that it will involve some ‘business’. Scientists, engineers, artists, hairdressers, mechanics will inevitably have to understand at least the basics of business. The Business Studies Department offers pupils a range of business related courses that will support their future paths together with a range of innovative teaching strategies to ensure learning for all. 

GCSE Business Studies 

This is a two year course that is assessed via a combination of coursework and written exams.

CCEA Content & Assessment

Unit 1: Business Start Up

• Business Start Up

• Production

• Marketing

External written exam at the end of year 11, which reflects 35% of the pupil’s final grade. 

Unit 2: Business Development, which reflects 40% of the pupil’s final grade. 

• Finance

• Managing People

• Business Growth

• Business Plan 

 

External written exam at the end of year 12

One piece of coursework complete in year 12, which reflects 25% of the pupil’s final grade. 

 

GCSE Leisure & Tourism

GCSE Leisure and Tourism gives pupils a broad knowledge and understanding of the leisure and tourism industries in the UK. Pupils also gain insight into related sectors such as business, retail, distribution, hospitality and catering. 

CCEA Content & Assessment

 

Unit 1: Introduction to Leisure and Tourism

External written exam at the end of year 11, which reflects 40% of the pupil’s final grade.

  

Unit 2: Customer Service in the Leisure and Tourism Industry

Coursework which reflects 20% of the pupil’s final grade.

 

Unit 3: Marketing in the Leisure and Tourism Industry

Coursework which reflects 20% of the pupil’s final grade.

 

Unit 4: Leisure and Tourism Destinations

Coursework which reflects 20% of the pupil’s final grade.

 

Occupational Studies

This innovative qualification is designed to be accessible with pupils of all abilities. It is also intended to provide a coherent and flexible Programme, which is rooted in Practical and Occupational Contexts.

Unit 1: Understanding the Retail Industry

This unit concentrates on the different types of retail outlets, their location and formats it is divided into three sections:

Type of retail outlets and geographical influences

Developments within the retail industry

Health, safety and security within the retail industry

Unit 4: Customer Service

This unit will allow pupils to explore what constitutes effective customer service it divided into three sections:

What is customer service?

Understanding the customers’ needs and expectations.

Making sure customers’ return

• Pupils must complete 4 units from Occupational Studies in Retail for Double Award and 2 units for Single Award

• All units are internally assessed via portfolio work and externally moderated

• All units are equally weighted

• Depending on the outcome of the assessment, pupils will be awarded First Skills Levels 1, 2 or 3 or National Qualifications Framework Level 1 or 2

Staff in Department

Mrs P Caughey - Head of Department and Teacher of Business Studies