Business Studies Curriculum

Business Studies runs for Year 10 - 13 students.

Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group and course:

 

 

Year 10 GCSE Business Studies (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Topic 1.1: Spotting a business opportunity
This topic considers how to spot a successful business opportunity. What do customers need and how can this be identified? What gaps in the market are there? What are other businesses doing? How can value be added? Should a business buy into an existing franchise or not?

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Spring Term
Topic 1.2: Showing enterprise
This topic considers the skills needed to be enterprising. How does creative thinking develop a competitive advantage for a business? What questions do entrepreneurs ask? How can new business ideas come about and how can they be successfully brought to market? Why do calculated risks need to be taken? How will planning, thinking ahead and making connections help a business be successful?

Topic 1.3: Putting a business idea into practice
This topic considers the practicalities of making a business idea happen. What are the objectives when setting up? What are the qualities of a successful entrepreneur? How will estimates of revenues, costs, profits and cash flow fit into the business plan? What sources of finance are available to start up a business?

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Summer Term
Topic 1.4: Making the start-up effective
This topic focuses on the customer and staff, showing that success in any business is based on far more than the skills or inspiration of a single individual; business is about people, not a person.

Topic 1.5: Understanding the economic context
This topic considers the economic factors that affect businesses. How does the interaction of demand and supply affect the price charged and quantity sold? How do changes in interest rates affect a business? How do changes in exchange rates affect exports and imports? What is the business cycle? How are stakeholders affected by these factors?

Unit 2 Investigating small business – controlled assessment

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 11 GCSE Business Studies (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Topic 3.1: Marketing
This topic examines the meaning of the term ‘marketing’, how market research can be collected, interpreted and used to make decisions, how businesses can break down sales into product trials and repeat purchases and how the product life cycle, product portfolio analysis and the Boston Matrix can be used to analyse a business’s products, the importance of branding and differentiation in gaining a competitive advantage and how the marketing mix can be successfully managed.

Topic 3.2: Meeting customer needs
This topic considers the effects of design and research and development on product differentiation and meeting customer satisfaction, how stock control can be managed effectively, the methods used to keep productivity up and costs and prices down to allow business to be competitive, how effective customer service can be achieved and the effects of legislation on business.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Spring Term
Topic 3.3: Effective financial management
This topic examines how to improve cash flow and profit, analyses break-even charts and their use, considers how changes in price and costs can affect the break-even point and examines the different internal and external sources of finance that are available to businesses to finance growth.

Topic 3.4: Effective people management
This topic examines how organisational structure of a business can be reflected in an organisational chart, the importance of organisational structures, how different businesses have different structures, the factors that affect motivation at work and how these relate to theories such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the impact of effective and poor communication in organisations, the barriers to effective communication and the various methods used to remunerate people and the effect that different payment systems can have on employees and organisations.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Summer Term
Topic 3.5: The wider world affecting business
This topic considers how the wider world affects business. It examines the meaning and nature of ethics in business and the trade-off between ethics and profit , how businesses are by environmental issues and controls, how income differentials can affect international trade and the ways in which export and import controls, legislation, regulation and taxation affect international trade and businesses.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

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BTEC Business Level 3 (exam board: Edexcel)

On all BTEC Level 3 National courses, the majority of learning is practical and vocationally focused to develop the skills needed for a business career. They also convert to UCAS points, just like A-levels, but the way students are assessed and graded is slightly different. The BTEC National L3 Certificate in business is equivalent to 1 AS Level.

Year 12 BTEC Business

Autumn Term

  • Unit 1 The Business Environment
  • Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

Spring Term

  • Unit 1 The Business Environment
  • Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing
  • Unit 4 Business resources

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

Summer Term

  • Unit 4 Business resources

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 13 BTEC Business (Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma)

Brief summary of the course:
To complete the subsidiary diploma, students complete 3 units in addition to the units completed in Year 12.

Autumn Term

  • Unit 4 Business Communication
  • Unit 36 Starting a Small Business

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

Spring Term

  • Unit 4 Business Communication
  • Unit 36 Starting a Small Business
  • Unit 37 Understanding Business Ethics

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Summer Term

  • Unit 37 Understanding Business Ethics

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 13 A Level Business Studies (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
BUSS3: Functional objectives and corporate objectives
Students will have two different teachers who will cover each of the following topics:

Teacher 1

  • Financial strategies and accounts
  • Marketing strategies

Teacher 2

  • Operational strategies
  • Human resources strategies

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Spring Term
BUSS4: Corporate aims, objectives and stakeholders

Teacher 1

  • Assessing changes in the business environment

Teacher 2

  • Managing change
  • Revision and exam technique

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: Yes – Tutor 2u revision workshop

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