Business

BUSINESS STUDIES

Course Content

GCSE Business Studies

GCSE Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Business Studies GCSE Syllabi.

The GCSE is separated into 3 units;

Unit 1- Introduction to Small Business
This unit contains five topics and is assessed by a 45 minute multiple choice exam paper:

• Spotting a business opportunity
• Showing enterprise
• Putting a business idea into practice
• Making the start-up effective
• Understanding the economic context

Unit 2- Investigating Small Business (Controlled Assessment)
This unit involves an investigation and writing a report, based on the following five topics:

• Spotting a business opportunity
• Showing enterprise
• Putting a business idea into practice
• Making the start-up effective
• Understanding the economic context

Unit 3- Building a Business
This unit contains five topics and is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute written paper:

• Marketing
• Meeting customer needs
• Effective financial management
• Effective people management
• The wider world affecting business

How Learners Are Assessed:

GCSE Learners will be assessed formatively and summatively to ensure progress is identified at all stages. The weighting of assessment for each unit can be seen below:

• Unit 1- 25%
• Unit 2- 25%
• Unit 3- 50%

BTEC First Award

Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Level 2 BTEC Award in Business Studies Syllabi (equivalent to 1 GCSE).

The course is separated into 4 units and is mostly coursework based with Unit 2 being an external exam with resits available organised outside of the usual exam timetable;

Unit 1- Enterprise in the Business World
Unit 2- Finance for Business (Externally assessed exam)
Unit 3- Promoting a Brand
Unit 4- Principles of Customer Service

Homework
Homework is a vital part of the modular courses and includes a variety of different tasks, e.g. researching, assessing, analysing and written work. It is intended to be an extension of work done in the lesson or a preparation for the next lesson and it provides an opportunity to develop independent study skills. It is set every week at both KS4 and KS5.
Revision, Intervention and Enrichment

The Business Studies faculty offer Homework and intervention classes after school during period 7 intervention. Enrichment activities are likely to run throughout the year with opportunities for visits to organisations possible and organised by class teachers where appropriate.

KS5

GCE (A Level)

Learners will follow the EDEXCEL Business Studies GCE Syllabi. The GCE is separated into 4 themes;

Theme 1 –
This unit contains the following topics:

• 1.1 Meeting customer needs
• 1.2 The market
• 1.3 Marketing mix and strategy
• 1.4 Managing people
• 1.5 Entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2 –
This unit contains the following topics:

• 2.1 Raising finance
• 2.2 Financial planning
• 2.3 Managing finance
• 2.4 Resource management
• 2.5 External influences

Theme 3 –
This unit contains the following topics:

• 3.1 Business objectives and strategy
• 3.2 Business growth
• 3.3 Decision-making techniques
• 3.4 Influences on business decisions
• 3.5 Assessing competitiveness
• 3.6 Managing change

Theme 4 –
This unit contains the following topics:

• 4.1 Globalisation
• 4.2 Global markets and business expansion
• 4.3 Global marketing
• 4.4 Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

How Learners Are Assessed
Learners will be assessed formatively and summatively to ensure progress is identified at all stages. The organisation of assessment for each unit can be seen below for the full A Level, which will be sat at the end of Year 13:
• Paper 1 – Themes 1 & 4 (35%)
• Paper 2 – Themes 2 & 3 (35%)
• Paper 3 – Synoptic Paper based on pre-released case study (30%)

AS Level assessment takes place at the end of year 12 and takes the following format:
• Paper 1 – Based on Theme 1 (1 hour 30 min)
• Paper 2 – Based on Theme 2 (1 hour 30 min)

BTEC Nationals Level 3(New Specification from 2017)

Learners will follow the EDEXCEL NQF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Studies Syllabi (equivalent to 3 A levels).

The course requires learners to study 13 units of work, some of which are externally assessed through examinations (Unit 3), whilst others are externally assessed controlled assessments (Units 2, 6 & 7) and the others are internally assessed (by the classroom teacher) pieces of coursework.

One aspect of the course is that students must complete a work placement at an external organisation and report on this (Unit 27 – Work Experience in Business)

All BTEC Qualifications are made up of units, at Harrow High School Sixth Form the following units are available for the NQF course:

Unit no Unit Name
1   Exploring Business
2   Developing a Marketing Campaign
3   Personal and Business Finance
4   Managing an Event
5   International Business
6   Principles of Management
7   Business Decision Making
14  Investigating Customer Service
16  Visual Merchandising
19  Pitching for a New Business
22  Market Research
27  Work Experience in Business

The following textbooks are required for the course:

BTEC Nationals Business: Student Book + Activebook 1: For the 2016 Specifications (BTEC Nationals Business 2016) Paperback – 25 May 2016

by Ms Jenny Phillips (Author), Ms Helen Coupland-Smith (Author),

BTEC Nationals Business: Student Book + Activebook 2: For the 2016 Specifications (BTEC Nationals Business 2016) Paperback – 25 May 2016

by Ms Jenny Phillips (Author), Ms Helen Coupland-Smith (Author),

BTEC Nationals Level 3 (Outgoing Specification)

Learners will follow the EDEXCEL QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Studies Syllabi (equivalent to 3 A levels).

The course is separated into 18 units, all of which are externally assessed;

Unit no Unit Name
1   The Business Environment (Compulsory)
2   Business Resources (Compulsory)
3   Introduction to Marketing (Compulsory)
4   Business Communication (Compulsory)
5   Business Accounting
9   Creative Product Promotion
10  Market Research in Business
13  Recruitment & Selection in Business
16  Human Resource Management in Business
18  Managing a Business Event
19  Exploring Team Development
23  Aspects of the Legal System and Law-Making Process
27  Understanding Health & Safety in the Business Workplace
29  Understanding Retailing
36  Starting a Small Business
37  Understanding Business Ethics
38  Business and the Economic Environment
39 International Business