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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Business Department

Business is the lifeblood of any developed nation. Whether it is the small sole trader or the massive multinational, all contribute to the way we live and work. Learning business will enable you to develop an array of skills from marketing, finance and human resources and to gain an appreciation of the economic environment. If you want to understand the complexities of a company or to set up your own business, this is an important subject where skills learnt can be transferred to everyday life.

Courses and options courses offered in Business

  • GCSE Business Studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care

Trips and Visits

In the past the department has run an educational trip to Alton Towers to bring to life the story of the Alton Towers business. As a result, students can apply their business knowledge and understanding to a real life business. Covering 30 years of Alton Towers Resort and how the brand has evolved, students will learn more about brand positioning, utilising profits, the organisational structure and business aims. Students will also look at the objectives of the marketing department and use past and present campaigns to show the principles of advertising, promotion and market research. This experience offers students a broad insight into the UK entertainment market, market research and analysis, marketing planning and market segmentation.

GCSE Business Studies
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentCoursework and practical exam
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. It comprises of one coursework unit, totalling 60% of the GCSE. Students will undergo an introductory skills based course to establish individual strengths. They will then complete a selection of units from which one coursework unit will be compiled. This will result in either a 3-Dimensional or 2-Dimensional outcome depending on the identified strengths of each student. Students will be given an externally set examination paper during Term 3 of Year 11, culminating in a 10-hour final examination during Term 4.
Units studied

Unit 1: Students will be required to explore an idea and respond to a theme in a personal way to produce a 2D outcome using the following areas of fine art: Drawing; Painting; Printmaking; Mixed media.

Unit 2: Students will be required to explore an idea and respond to a theme in a personal way to produce a 3D outcome using the following areas of fine art: Construction techniques in Ceramics; Sculpture; and Relief work.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of Fine Art or Photography at A level.
GCSE Business Studies
Exam BoardEdexcel
AssessmentTwo externally set examinations
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons per week. The course is assessed by external examination. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of various aspects of business, including marketing, human resource, production and finance.
Units studied

Unit 1: Investigating Small Business .

Unit 2: Building a Business.

Topic content

  • Human Resources
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • The Economic Context
Progression to Sixth FormA GCSE in Business Studies enables students to pursue a wide range of Sixth Form subjects. A Level Business Studies allows students to build on their knowledge from GCSE, giving them a deeper understanding of all areas of business.
Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentExam and coursework
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over 2 lessons a week. It will equip students with sound specialist knowledge of the health and social care sector, and develop skills for everyday use such as an understanding of nutrition and first aid. Students will be introduced to a range of materials which will encourage independence and creativity, and will include the ‘essential values of care’, the current legislation requirements as well as the importance of softer skills such as communication. They will develop transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to both their personal development and future economic well-being.
Units studied

The OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care consists of:

Two mandatory units:

  • Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years.

Two optional units:

  • Understanding the nutrients needed for good health.
  • Using basic first aid procedures.
Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care. It will also provide a sound grounding for a future career in the health and social care sector.
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