At GCSE the department has for many years run a Business Studies course which has catered for over 40 students in any one year for all abilities. From September 2009 this course is changing to keep up to date with changes in the Business World, focusing on Entrepreneur activities and Setting up new businesses.
At Key Stage 5 the department currently runs the following courses:
The two year AQA Business Studies is a GCE course which allows students to develop a wide range of skills and learn in depth about the many functions of a business and how they interact with each other and the external environment. Assessment is completely exam based and is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing business at university and as a future career.
AQA Accounting is also offered at AS and A2. The course covers financial and management accounting and prepares students for a career in finance or accounting. Topics covered include Sole trader and Partnership trading accounts, limited company accounts, double entry bookkeeping, and ratio analysis.
Extra curricular activities in the department consist of Young Enterprise which offers students the opportunity to run their own business for a year. Students must fundraise to start up the business and gain vital skills in communication, leadership, team work and managing finance. All sixth form students are encouraged to enter the Student Investor Competition; this is a fantasy share competition which allows students to gain experience of managing, in a team of four, a stocks and shares portfolio.
We have often taken groups out of school most notably on trips to Cadbury World, The Coca Cola Factory and Prague.
Why should students study Business or Economics?
It is REAL and RELEVANT
In Business Studies students learn about the real world of wealth creation.
Issues such as:
- how products are bought and sold
- how firms recruit their workforce
- how firms select their suppliers
- how governments control the economy, business and consumers
The department also regards the development of ICT skills, teamwork and the ability to manage their own progress as important skills to develop. We therefore offer choice whenever possible and encourage studies of realistic modern economic problems.