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GCSE Business Studies

Subject:

Business Studies

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr P. Kelleher/Mr S. Curley/Miss V. Connolly

Lessons per Week:

2

Examination Board:

AQA

Specification No:

8132

Qualification:

GCSE

Course Content

1. Business in the real world

2. Influences on business

3. Business operations

4. Human resources

5. Marketing

6. Finance

Assessment

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1 – Influences of operations and HRM on business activity (units 1-4)

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes , 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

Paper 2 – Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (units 1, 2, 5 and 6)

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

There are three sections in both papers:

·         Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 10 marks.

·         Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 40 marks.

·         Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 40 marks

Key assessment and Dates

Both exams will take place at the end of the 5th Year

Homework

One per week

Textbook

AQA GCSE (9-1) Second Edition Business by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie.

BTEC Business

Subject:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr P. Kelleher

Lessons per Week:

4.5

Examination Board:

Edexcel/Pearson

Specification No:

601/7157/1

Qualification:

BTEC (Equivalent to two A-Levels)

Course Content

The course is equivalent in size to two A Levels.  Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified.  Qualifications are graded using a scale of PP to D*D*.  There are 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.  The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment.

Mandatory units

There are 6 mandatory units. Learners must complete and achieve at pass grade or above all the 3 mandatory external units. Learners must complete all 3 mandatory internal units and achieve a pass or above in at least 2 units.

Optional units

Learners must complete at least 2 optional units.

Assessment

Year One

Unit (number and title)

GLH

Type

How assessed

Summary

1. Exploring Business

90

Mandatory

Internal assignment

In this introductory unit, learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive.

2. Developing a Marketing Campaign

90

Mandatory synoptic

External assignment set by Pearson

Learners will gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed.

3. Personal and Business Finance

120

Mandatory

External written examination

Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.

4. Managing an Event

90

Mandatory synoptic

Internal assignment

Learners will work as part of a small group to plan, coordinate and manage a business or social enterprise event and evaluate the skills gained.

27. Work Experience in Business

60

Optional

Internal (work experience to be undertaken)

Learners study the benefits of work experience in business. They reflect on their practical workplace skills by completing forty hours of appropriate work experience.

 

Year Two

Unit (number and title)

GLH

Type

How assessed

Summary

5. International Business

90

Mandatory synoptic

Internal assignment

Learners study how UK businesses develop strategies to trade globally. Learners will also consider the factors that influence the implementation of these strategies.

6. Principles of Management

120

Mandatory

External assignment set by Pearson

This unit enables learners to understand how the role of management and leadership in the workplace contributes towards business success.

9. Team Building in Business

60

Optional

Internal

Learners study the dynamics of team building, examine the underpinning theory and participate in team activities.

 

Key assessment and Dates

Unit 2 and Unit 3 Assessment will take place in the Summer 2018 Series of examinations.

Homework

One per week, per unit.

Textbooks

1. BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1 + Activebook: For the 2016 specifications (BTEC Nationals Business 2016)

 

2. BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2 + Activebook: For the 2016 specifications (BTEC Nationals Business 2016)

 

A-Level Business

Subject:

A-Level Business

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr S. Curley/Mr P. Kelleher

Lessons per Week:

4.5

Examination Board: AQA

Specification No: 7131, 7132

Qualification: A-Level

Course Content

·         1 What is business?

·         2 Managers, leadership and decision making

·         3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

·         4 Decision making to improve operational performance

·         5 Decision making to improve financial performance

·         6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

·         7 Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)

·         8 Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

·         9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)

·         10 Managing strategic change (A-level only)

Assessment (based on doing A-Level and not AS level)

Paper 1- Business 1 (based on all contents above)

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level

There are three compulsory sections:

·         Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.

·         Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.

·         Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each.

Paper 2- Business 2 (based on all contents above)

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3- Business 3 (based on all contents above)

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Key assessment and Dates

All three examinations will take place in the second year of study.

Homework

One per week

Textbook

AQA A-Level Business by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie

ISBN-13: 978-1471836138

A-Level Economics

Subject:

A-Level Economics

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr Curley/Miss Connolly

Lessons per Week:

4.5

Examination Board:

Edexcel

Specification No:

 9EC0

Qualification:

A-Level

Course Content

The A level specification is structured into four themes. In this structure students are introduced to core economic concepts and principles and develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic issues, before building on this core knowledge and understanding to consider more complex issues and wider contexts.

In this thematic approach, progression is continuous as students develop their knowledge and understanding throughout the course of study. Students use economic models to help them understand the complexities of the world around them, and use data to help them analyse markets and economies, and how governments try to influence both. Students are introduced to different perspectives, aspects of economic history and develop an understanding of economic issues.

Assessment (based on doing A-Level and not AS level)

Paper 1- Assessing theme 1 and 3- 2 hour paper- 35% of A level

Paper 2- Assessing theme 2 and 4- 2 hour paper- 35% of A level

Paper 3- Assessing all themes- 30% of A level

Key assessment and Dates

All examinations will take place in the second year of study.

Homework

One per week

Textbook

Edexcel AS/A Level Economics Student book (2015) - Alain Anderton

ISBN-13: 978-1447990550