Business Studies

Skill

Every learner will develop the skills necessary to participate in business activity: entrepreneurship, communication, problem solving, decisions making and the skills required to work as part of a team. Learners will also know how to interpret quantitative data.

Character

‘Investing in the business of me’: every individual should see themselves as part of the economy. They therefore need to be geared up to make decisions and understand the decisions that affect all. Learners will explore their position in the economy and the business world. They will be intrinsically motivated and have a proactive, creative mind set.

Experience

Students will be able to communicate effectively – business etiquette – in regards to presentation of themselves and presentation of their work. They will experience the real world through realistic case studies, work experiences, visits and guest speakers, and discussion of current affairs.

Criticality

Children will think intelligently and critically about the purpose and impact of business on the world and themselves as stakeholders. This will allow learners to see themselves as a part of the business world regardless of their future career goals. This should allow learners to see themselves as potential entrepreneurs, using the skills learnt to solve problems in a business context.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10 Human Resources

Knowledge 

Recruitment and selection of employees

Organisational structures

Motivation

Training

Skill 

Use of connectives to effectively build a chain of reasoning or argument

Production

Knowledge 

Production processes

Efficiency in production

The role of procurement

The concept of quality

Good customer services

Skill 

Use of a case study to support a chain of reasoning

Influences on business

Knowledge 

Technology

Ethical and environmental considerations

Economic climate on businesses

Globalisation

Legislation

Competitive environment

Skill 

Approach to successfully attempting an exam paper

Year 11 Marketing

Knowledge

Elements of the marketing mix

Skill

Use of connectives to effectively build a chain of reasoning or argument

Use of a case study to support a chain of reasoning

Finance

Knowledge

Sources of finance

Cash flow

Financial terms and calculations

Skill

Approach to successfully attempting an exam paper

Finance

Knowledge

Analysing the financial performance of a business

Skill

Approach to successfully attempting an exam paper

Year 12 Unit 1

Knowledge

Explore the features of different businesses and analyses what makes them successful

Investigate how businesses are organised

Skill

Use of writing frames to develop key exam writing in order to succeed in the assignments

Unit 1

Knowledge

Examine the environment in which businesses operate

Examine business markets

Skill

Use of writing frames to develop key exam writing in order to succeed in the assignments

Unit 2

Knowledge

Marketing aims and objectives

Research and analysis of market information

Justification of decisions made using analytical tools

Skill

Use of writing frames to develop key exam writing in order to succeed in the assignments

Year 13 Unit 3.2 Managers, leadership and decision making

Unit 3.3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

Unit 3.4 Decision making to improve operation performance

Knowledge

Understanding management, leadership and decision making

Understand management decision making

Understand the role and importance of stakeholders

Setting marketing objectives

Understand markets and customers

Making marketing decisions: segmentation, targeting, positioning

Making marketing decisions: using the marketing mix

Setting operational objectives

Analysing operational performance

Making operational decisions to improve performance: increasing efficiency and productivity

Making operational decisions to improve performance: improving quality

Making operational decisions to improve performance: managing inventory and supply chains

Skill

Development of retention of AO1 knowledge

Application of AO2 context

Enhancement of AO3 analysis

Strengthening of AO4 evaluation

Unit 3.4 Decision making to improve operation performance

Unit 3.5 Decision making to improve financial performance

Unit 3.6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

Knowledge

Setting financial objectives

Analysing financial performance

Making financial decisions: sources of finance

Making financial decisions: improving cash flow and profits

Setting human resource objectives

Analysing human resource performance

Making human resource decisions: improving organisational design and manging the human resource flow

Making human resource decisions: improving motivation and engagement

Making human resource decisions: improving employer-employee relations

Skill

Development of retention of AO1 knowledge

Application of AO2 context

Enhancement of AO3 analysis

Strengthening of AO4 evaluation

Unit 7-10 Revision

Knowledge

Analysing the strategic position of a business

Choosing strategic direction

Choosing strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

Managing strategic change

Skill

Development of retention of AO1 knowledge

Application of AO2 context

Enhancement of AO3 analysis

Strengthening of AO4 evaluation