Keys Stage 3:
Business Studies is not offered at Key Stage 3. It would make a great choice for anyone interested in business and how businesses operate in the real world.
Key Stage 4:
How the course is assessed: 100% final examination
Exam Board: AQA (8132)
Business has long been considered the choice subject for managers and leadership in the corporate world. Students will encounter a variety of teaching methods including case studies, interactive media and ICT and more traditional methods.
They will study setting up, investment, growth and marketing in business, as well as human resources and enterprise/entrepreneurial skills.
The world needs bright young people with a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century world of business.
Where does it lead?
Through the study of this subject you will gain an understanding of the world of business. You will develop skills which will open up exciting opportunities to study business-related subjects at AS-level or A-level. Business is a fascinating subject in its own right, as well as a useful subsidiary subject to be studied alongside almost any degree course at university. Common courses to combine with Business are Law, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Social Sciences, ICT and Engineering.
You can expect to:
Learn about issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business, as well as considering a wide range of business stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.
Explore ways by which businesses recruit, motivate and retain staff.
Explore how businesses carry out customer research in order to identify and understand the needs of customers.
Explore enterprise skills that are present in successful entrepreneurs.
Learn the nature of the costs that business face and introduce the four key elements of business finance.
Other useful information:
Students will be encouraged to participate in Young Enterprise and other specific business challenges, as well as team-building activities.
Students will have the opportunity to attend a range of business related trips to show how business works in real life contexts, and draw upon these practices as case studies within lessons. Students will be expected to keep up-to-date with current affairs and read around the subject using recommended textbooks, newspapers and business magazines.