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Ridgewood

School

Business

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 is characterised by its high levels of achievement, with results consistently significantly above national averages. Success is not only apparent in the classroom; every year the department enters a team into the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge, where students regularly reach the final and have previously been both regional and national champions. They are also active participants in the Student Investor Challenge, take part in KS5 Young Enterprise, and regularly visit local and regional business to engage with the community and commerce around them.

KS4 

Pearson GCSE Business Studies

Please download the documents on this page for more details of the curriculum at KS4.

Useful web links:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

www.tutor2u.net

www.businessed.co.uk

KS5 

Overview of topics:
Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate in Business
 
Y12
Examination
Unit 1 – The Business Environment
 
Controlled Assessment
Unit 4 – Customers and Communication
 
Y13
Examination
Unit 2 – Working in Business
 
Controlled assessment
Unit 5 – Marketing and Market Research
Unit 19 – International Business
 
Assessment Weighting:
Controlled assessment: 33.33%
Examination: 66.66%