Business Studies – Key Stage 4

Year 9

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Enterprise and employability skillsStudents will develop the following skills:
1. Verbal communication and interpersonal skills– students able to express ideas clearly and confidently in speech
2. Teamwork – work confidently within a group
3. Negotiation skills – to take on board other people’s views and express your own viewpoint effectively
4. Analysing and investigating – gather information to establish facts (problem solving)
5. Initiative/Self-Motivation - Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions
6. Drive - Determination to get things done. Make things happen & constantly looking for better ways of doing things
7. Written communication – Students able to express themselves clearly in writing
8. Planning and organisation - Able to plan activities & carry them through effectively
9. Flexibility - Adapt successfully to changing situations & environments
10. Time management - Manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and able to work to deadlines
Autumn HT 2Personal Finance skills (Barclay’s money skills resource set)1. Understanding the differences between needs and wants
2. Understanding the importance of money and what it means to them
3. Understand the importance of budgeting your money
4. Understand the information contained in bank statements and what they mean
Spring HT 1Internet safety skills and shopping safe online (links to e-safety)1. Understanding of how you can be targeted online – paedophiles, trolling, cyber bullying
2. Understand the methods to stay safe – what can you do?
3. Understand why and how shopping safe is importance to everyone
Spring HT 2E-Commerce and the development of businesses in today's world (research skills)1. Students to develop an understanding of e-commerce
2. Students to understand how it impacts every business – small to large
3. Students to understand how to effectively research and select appropriate information
Summer HT 1A project piece of work based around a current business news story/articles (TBC)
Summer HT 2A project piece of work based around a current business news story/articles (TBC)

Year 10

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Business Ownerships
1. Understanding the different business ownerships and offer own examples
2. Analysis of each ownership type
3. Compare and contrast ownerships types
Autumn HT 21. Multinationals
2. Location
3. Growth
4. Recruitment and selection
1. Understand what multinationals are
2. Be able to offer solutions to different business of where they should locate and why
3. Analyse the possible location choices of a range of businesses
4. Understand the different ways a business can grow
5. Be able to discuss in depth the different stages of recruitment & selection process
Spring HT 11. Communication
2. Pay
3. Motivation
1. Know the different types of communication and when it is appropriate to use them
2. Know the difference between gross and net pay and be able to complete a pay slip
3. Discuss the different types of motivation techniques used by business – financial and non-financial techniques
4. Understand Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
Spring HT 2Launch the controlled assessment 1. Investigation 1 – planned and completed
2. Investigation 2 – planned
Summer HT 1Finish the controlled assessment
1. Investigation 2 – completed
2. Investigation 3 – Planned and completed
Summer HT 2Production 1. Understand and be able to discuss job, batch and flow production
2. Understand and be able to discuss the different types of quality control and quality assurance
3. Production costs

Year 11

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 11. Complete controlled assessment
2. Production
1. Complete investigation 3 controlled assessment
2. Understand and be able to discuss job, batch and flow production
3. Understand and be able to discuss the different types of quality control and quality assurance
Autumn HT 21. Production
2. Mock preparation
3. Finance
1. Understand the different types of production costs
2. Understand and be able to discuss the different types of economies of scale and diseconomies of scale
3. Revision of Business and People for the Nov mock exam
4. Understand, practice, analyse and evaluate break even
Spring HT 1Finance1. Know the different types of finance and be able to select and justify choice for any given problem
2. Know how to calculate, interpret and analyse a cash flow forecast
3. Be able to calculate and interpret revenue, costs and profit
Spring HT 2External Environment1. Know the difference between competitive and monopoly markets
2. Know how business respond to customer requirements on environmental and ethical considerations
3. Know the difference between social costs and social benefits
4. Understand government spending, interest rates, consumer incomes and unemployment levels and how they are all linked
Summer HT 11. External environment
2. Revision
1. Understand what is globalisation
2. Calculate and analyse simple exchange rate calculations
3. Understand the UKs trade with Europe
4. Revise exam content for BOTH exams and technique
Summer HT 2