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Business Studies
SUBJECT LEADER
Miss B. Blaney
b.blaney@kingsmeadschool.net


SUBJECT VISION

In Business, students are offered a broad curriculum with varied opportunities to develop both academically and personally. This allows our students to widen their understanding of the external business environment outside of Kingsmead School. Students gain valuable academic rigour across all our courses, but most importantly our students gain additional opportunities to enhance vital employability competences such as team-working, communication, leadership, problem-solving and analytical skills. By empowering our students to actively engage in a wide variety of learning experiences, we hope to support all our students to develop into well-rounded individuals ready to enter society for the next step of their academic and career journey. Our lessons across the Business curriculum are carefully planned and facilitated by subject experts to engage all learners in Business and Entrepreneurship whilst embedding core employability skills and business knowledge. Each student is also supported to develop a strong understanding of specific business key terms which are deep-rooted throughout our schemes of learning. The emphasis is on developing current and aspiring leaders who will champion critical and original thinking, as well as having a willingness to explore and take risks in their work to express their innovative and entrepreneurial mindset.

 

KEY STAGE 4

Year 10

Autumn Term
Students are introduced to the dynamic nature of business in relation to how and why business ideas come about. Students will also explore how new and small businesses identify opportunities through understanding customer needs, conducting market research and understanding how to respond to their competition.

Spring Term
Students will explore a range of factors that impact on the success of a business, including location, the marketing mix and the business plan. Students will also focus on making a business idea happen through identifying aims and objectives and concentrating on the financial aspects of business.

Summer Term
Students are introduced to a range of factors, many of which are outside of the immediate control of the business, such as stakeholders, technology, legislation and the economy. Students will also explore how businesses respond to these external influences.

Year 11

Autumn Term
Students are introduced to the methods of growth and how and why business aims, and objectives change as businesses evolve. Students will also explore how each element of the marketing mix is managed and used to inform and make business decisions in a competitive marketplace.

Spring Term
Students will explore the tools a business has to support financial decision-making and will focus on how businesses meet customer needs through the design, supply, quality and sales decisions a business makes.

Summer Term
Students will explore how growing a business means that decisions relating to organisational structure, recruitment, training and motivation need to be made to influence business activity. Finally, pupils will conclude their studies by sitting two external examinations at the end of the course.

KEY STAGE 5 (A-Level)

In this qualification, students will learn how to investigate business situations and recommend strategic solutions from a manager’s viewpoint.

The A-Level has a more theoretical, mathematical approach to the study of Business and students sit three external examinations at the end of Year 13 with no coursework to complete. Assessment will be in the form of data-response questions to real-life business case studies and by longer essay-based questions.

Students will learn in lessons by investigating the real business world. A wide variety of business case studies from such sources as the news and the internet are used to teach Business. Students become excellent data analysts and creative problem solvers who can put their mind to a wide variety of situations, equipping them for a wide variety of careers. You will look at areas of business including marketing, human resources, finance, operations, government legislations, economic conditions, international trade and the constructs of society.

KEY STAGE 5 (Vocational)

In this qualification, we offer a ‘single’ award (equivalent to one A-Level) or, for those that really want to specialise in Business, the ‘double’ award (which is the equivalent to two A-Levels). Students who study the OCR Cambridge Technical vocational qualification are required to complete both internal and external assessments, a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Students will have greater control over their outcomes by being able to take responsibility for their completion of coursework and develop time-management skills by managing coursework deadlines. Examinations are spread throughout the course and students will have exams in both Year 12 and Year 13 and can re-sit should they wish to attempt to improve their grade. The coursework units will be assessed through a range of methods, from formal written reports, business documents, performing calculations, creating financial statements and the delivery of presentations.

The topics covered will include ‘the business environment’, ‘working in a business’, ‘customers and communication’, ‘accounting concepts’ and ‘the principles of project management’. Students who wish to complete the double award, which is worth the equivalent of two A-Levels, must complete the units above as well as studying ‘business decisions’, ‘financial accounting’, ‘management accounting’ and ‘change management’. They must also successfully plan, deliver and evaluate a business project where they run an event within the school, such as a Year 7 movie night, for example.

 

 

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
By exploring how business has evolved and changed over time with the rapid introduction of new technologies that has fuelled innovation alongside the process of globalisation and global networking, our pupils are exposed to a variety of business perspectives, cultures and ways of working. This allows our students to be more accepting of others and develop acceptance of diversity within both the business environment and wider society.

Cultural Capital Development
We develop cultural capital through our curriculum by providing our students with opportunities for questioning, curiosity and creativity within the subject. We also develop cultural capital through providing our students with opportunities to visit and work with businesses within the local community, as well as bigger businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover to increase student awareness of global issues and cultural awareness.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
Business sits within the social sciences learning area but has strong cross-curricular links with other subjects. Business contexts often offer opportunities to integrate learning across several different subjects. Learning in Literacy and Numeracy can make use of business-related contexts. For example, the price component of the marketing mix for a product can be an authentic context for Numeracy. Opportunities also exist for links to be made between Business and Performing Arts programmes. Performing Arts students regularly stage events that require marketing, budgeting and money-handling. Our students who study Business often cater for school events. When doing so, they need to apply practical business skills.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
Students can assume leadership roles within group projects when undertaking enterprise activities. Students also can showcase and develop their leadership skills through facilitating group discussion in class as a team leader.

Activities you will complete in this subject linking to the Kingsmead Edge
We explore a range of business careers through our curriculum including roles in Operations, Human Resources, Finance and Marketing, which develops our pupils’ awareness of different careers and the required employability skills and qualifications needed to access their chosen field.

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
We develop the extended writing and reading skills of our students in both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 through actively promoting the reading of topical events in the business news. Students critically analyse case-study material and engage in research-based tasks and essay-based responses through using practical theory and building their application skills to respond to issues posed within business case studies. Students also practice a wide variety of business formulas and financial ratios and interpret the meaning of financial figures in understanding whole business performance.

Exam Boards and Links
Key stage 4: GCSE Business - Edexcel
Key stage 5: A-Level Business - Edexcel
Key stage 5: Vocational Business - OCR Cambridge Technical (Level 3)

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