Business Studies

The Business Studies Department at Loreto offers a range of business studies courses. In Years 10 and 11 students can start to learn about the world of business by studying GCSE Business or GCSE Business and Communication Systems at GCSE level. In the sixth form students are able to study AS and A2 Business or a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business if they wish to take a more practical approach to the subject.

Business is front-page news on a daily basis. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes such as The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation.

Studying a business qualification enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does. It offers students an insight into the world in which they will eventually be working in.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10 students study GCSE Business, following AQA specifications code 4133.  This course contains the following elements:

 

Unit 1 – Setting up a Business

Written Paper (1 hour)

40% of the qualification

 

Unit 2 – Growing as a Business

Written Paper (1 hour)

35% of the qualification

 

Unit 3 – Investigating Businesses

Controlled Assessment

25% of the qualification

 

Year 11 students are studying the GCSE Business and Communication Systems course, following AQA specifications code 4135. This course includes these elements:

 

Unit 8 – ICT Systems in Business

Written Paper (1 hour)

40% of the qualification

 

Unit 9 – Using ICT in Business

Computer based Examination (1½ hours)

35% of the qualification

 

Unit 10 – Investigating ICT in Business

Controlled Assessment

25% of thequalification

 

Homework will be set once a week for each of the qualifications offered in KS4. The homework activity is expected to take about an hour to complete.  If any student should need support in completing a piece of homework set by the department in KS4, she should see her business teacher during the lesson, break or lunchtime to gain the appropriate support and guidance. This should be sought by the student at least two days before the deadline.

The websites listed below can help to provide support and further reading for students completing the KS4 qualifications in business:

AQA Business Specification

BBC Bitesize – GCSE Business

Business Ed

 

During this course, students may have opportunities to visit places of interest that would assist in linking their understanding of business theory to the business world. Guest speakers may also be organised when appropriate to provide students with in insight into specific topics within the course. Students may also be encouraged to attend revision workshops organised by the examining board to support revision and exam technique.

Key Stage 5

Pupils work towards AS Business and A Level Business, AQA 7131 & 7132.

 

Over the two year qualification students will cover the following topics:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

 

Independent study tasks will be set for students and are expected to take about three hours to complete each week.  If any student should need support with the course it is expected the student should see their business teacher during their lesson, break or lunchtime in order to make an appointment for a time convenient to both parties. During the appointed time the appropriate support and guidance will offered as well as an opportunity to arrange a follow up appointment if necessary.

The websites listed below can help to provide support and further reading for students completing the AS and A Level qualifications in business:

AQA A Level Business Specification

Tutor2U

My Revision Notes

Bee Business

S-Cool

 

Students may have opportunities during their study to visit places of interest that would assist in linking their understanding of business theory to the business world. Guest speakers may also be organised when appropriate to provide students with in insight into specific topics within the course. Students may also be encouraged to attend revision workshops organised by the examining board to support revision and exam technique.

 

Year 12 BTEC

 

Students take a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business offered by Pearson Edexcel, code 601/7157/1.

They will produce coursework to meet the assessment criteria for the units listed below. Selected units will be externally assessed by means of an external exam or an assignment marked by the examination board.

  • Unit 1: Exploring Business
  • Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (assessed externally)
  • Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (assessed externally)
  • Unit 4: Managing an Event
  • Unit 5: International Business
  • Unit 6: Principles of Management (assessed externally)
  • Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Unit 22: Market Research

 

Year 13 BTEC Business

Students work towards Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Business, code 600/3889/5.

 

Students will produce coursework to meet the assessment criteria for the units listed below:

  • Unit 1: The business environment
  • Unit 2: Business resources
  • Unit 3: Introduction to marketing
  • Unit 4: Business communication
  • Unit 10: Market research in business
  • Unit 12 : Internet marketing in business
  • Unit 13 : Recruitment and selection in business
  • Unit 15: Development Planning for a Career in Business
  • Unit 19 : Developing teams in business

 

Students undertaking a BTEC qualification will be expected to use about three hours of independent study time to complete work set by the teacher outside of lessons.  If any student should need support whilst completing a BTEC qualification the student should see their business teacher during their lesson, break or lunchtime in order to make an appointment for a time convenient to both parties. During the appointed time the appropriate support and guidance will offered as well as an opportunity to arrange a follow up appointment if necessary.

The websites listed below can help to provide support and further reading for students completing the AS and A Level qualifications in business:

BTEC Level 3 in Business Diploma Specification

BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Business Specification

Tutor2U

My Revision Notes

Bee Business

S-Cool

 

Subject opportunities beyond Loreto

On completing a qualification in business, students will have developed a range of skills they will be able to use in many different areas of adulthood. This ranges from the confidence in offering an analytical and justified opinion to the knowledge and understanding of the global economy and its effects on their daily lives.

Students who complete a KS5 qualification in business may consider further study in areas such as finance, economics, marketing, operations or human resources.

With further training or study, students may progress into business related careers such as accounting, administration, customer service, finance, IT, personnel or sales.

If a student seeks further advice on a business related career they should speak to a member of the business department, and also make use of this website to find out more information: National Career Service.

 

Page updated Sept 2016