Business Studies

In the Business Studies department we endorse the school’s culture to ‘learn, achieve and excel’ by preparing our students to be tomorrow’s citizens, equipped and able to be successful at anytime, anywhere, any place and to become independent life-long learners.

In a rapidly-changing world economy, we believe that skills specific for the workplace are extremely important. Business Studies at St George’s is focused on increasing understanding of the world of work giving pupils the skills they need to succeed when they leave school. We strongly believe that studying a new subject that is focused on the real, everyday world around us is an invaluable opportunity which is not only interesting and relevant to students but also helps them to develop a more well-rounded education.

Aims of St George’s Business Studies department

  • To give students a head start in the workplace and enable them to excel in the workplace
  • To ensure students leave with economic, financial, accounting and management skills which they can utilise beyond the classroom regardless of the career they choose to pursue
  • To develop pupils entrepreneurial and employability skills that are relevant for industry and university studies
  • To foster a real respect and appreciation for justice, ethical trading, and positive externalities
  • To achieve the highest student achievement which is our central purpose of teaching and assessment

Teachers

  • Ms R Ganter (Head of Business Studies)
  • Ms D Dawkins
  • Mr M Henry
  • Mr A Bangari

St George’s Business Studies department is following the new Edexcel GCSE specification. Please see course outline below:

Paper 1: Investigating Small Business      

Content overview

  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity
  • Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Paper 2: Building a Business

Content overview

  • Topic 2.1 Growing the business
  • Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions
  • Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions
  • Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
  • Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Revision Guides for GCSE

Please see the links provided to the revision guides for each of these topics below: 

Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business Revision Guide 
GCSE Business Edexcel Complete Revision and Practice

Assessment

There are two papers that students will sit at the end of Year 11. Both papers are divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks
Section B: 30 marks
Section C: 25 marks

The papers will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper. Calculators may be used in the examination. Information on the use of calculators during the examinations for this qualification can be found in Appendix 4: Calculators.

Paper 1: Investigating Small Business      
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification
90 marks

Paper 2: Building a Business
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification
90 marks

Homework

Pupils will be set homework twice a week and should spend 40 minutes completing the task set. Additional reading will allow pupils to succeed and identify further the ways in which the environment and people are interconnected.

At KS5 we offer both A-Level Business Studies and BTEC Level 3 Business Studies. Below is an outline of the courses we offer.

Subject 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
  8. Choosing strategic direction
  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  10. Managing strategic change

 

Assessment

Paper 1: Business 1

What's assessed
All content above

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

Questions

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

What's assessed
All content above

Assessed

  • What's assessed

    All content above
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

Questions

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

Paper 3: Business 3

What's assessed
All content above

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

 

Questions

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all the assessments. 

BTEC Level 3 Business Studies

We offer three BTEC’s in the Business Studies department:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

  • Equivalent in size to one A Level
  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external
  • Mandatory content (83%)
  • External assessment (58%)

Units studied:         

  • Unit 1 Exploring Business
  • Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance
  • Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business

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. The additional qualification(s) studied allow learners either to give breadth to their study programme by choosing a contrasting subject, or to give it more focus by choosing a complementary subject. This qualification can also be used to progress to Higher Apprenticeships.

  • Equivalent in size to two A Levels
  • 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external
  • Mandatory content (83%)
  • External assessment (45%)

Units studied:

  • Unit 1 Exploring Business
  • Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance
  • Unit 4 Managing an Event
  • Unit 5 International Business
  • Unit 6 Principals of Management
  • Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection
  • Unit 14 Investigating Customer Service

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

This qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the travel and tourism industry alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in travel and tourism-related subjects. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

  • Equivalent in size to one A Level
  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external
  • Mandatory content (83%)
  • External assessment (58%)

Unit studied:

  • Unit 1 The World of Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 2 Global Destinations
  • Unit 3 Principals of Marketing in Travel and Tourism
  • Unit 9 Visitor Attractions