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Academy

Business Studies

Curriculum

Business Studies provides students with knowledge of how the world of business operates.  In addition to knowing how to deal with finance, marketing, production and the human resource functions, students also look at how business operates with regard to central and local government, the EU and the importance of international trade.  Business Studies is a subject requiring imagination, together with a creative and inquisitive mind.  Business decisions are often open-ended; there may be more than one way of approaching problems.  Students investigate, analyse and interpret results in order to draw balanced conclusions. 

The Business Studies Department offers GCSE Business Studies at KS4 and the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma at Sixth Form. 

Grouping and Setting

Business is taught in mixed ability classes at KS4 and KS5.  Business is an option subject for GCSE.

Assessment

Students complete an interim and landmark assessment every half term.  Students are given feedback on their work based on both of these assessments and complete improvement prompts based on these, ensuring that they know how to improve their work.

Extra-curricular

The Business Studies Department ensures that students gain practical experience of the business world, through industrial visits.  Visits in the past have included Coca Cola and Thorpe Park.  In the Sixth Form we offer a variety of clubs introducing the Student Investor Challenge.