Our Business Department has an inspiring and ambitious vision: ‘Developing leaders for the future’.
The teachers who deliver Business are passionate, knowledgeable and aspirational for all their students. They teach students at both KS4 and KS5, and enthuse these students with a love for both the subject, and the real experience of running a business. All students taught in the department benefit from a well-resourced environment with computing facilities available to complete controlled assessment portfolios.
The approach taken to teaching the subject is rigorous and based around developing the skills that will allow students to both succeed in their exams and qualifications, and to take them beyond into the world of business and enterprise. Students finish their courses with this department able to critically evaluate business behaviour, to analyse the performance of real businesses, and to show enterprising skills of their own that can be applied to the real world. Broader transferable skills are also developed, with students being encouraged to communicate effectively using different media.
The department are also active participants in the KS5 Young Enterprise Challenge and the school has won numerous awards for the outstanding student performance in this competition over the years.
For more information about the A levels offered by the Business department, including Economics, please visit our Sixth Form course pages.
Year 11 are currently studying the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise, which involves five hours over two weeks of classroom based learning.
Students are taught the content required to complete their coursework assignments and pass an external exam which they will sit in the October of Year 11, and can be taken again in February if a resit is required.
The final grade for the qualification is based on a structure of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.
How the qualification is assessed
Internal assessment – portfolio of evidence. This will be graded by centre staff and externally moderated by NCFE.
External assessment – externally assessed exam papers. This will be graded by NCFE.
Learners must be successful in both types of assessment to achieve the qualification.
Awarding the final grade
The final grade for the qualification will be aggregated by combining the grades achieved for each unit. The final grade will be issued to the centre by NCFE.
A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit which demonstrates the learners’ high standard of knowledge, understanding and skill at Level 2.
Learners are required to successfully achieve 4 mandatory units. This equates to 4 grades to be aggregated.
The table below shows how the accumulation of each unit grade is aggregated to form the overall qualification grade.
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Business (current Year 10)
This course consists of two externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Business (current Year 10)
All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future. Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.
The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification.
Component 1: Exploring Enterprises
Learners will examine different local enterprises to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs.
Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity
Learners will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch
Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise
Learners will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.