Welcome to the Business Studies Department

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Business Studies is an exciting option to take at GCSE and A Level. What did you see when you turned on the TV today? Listening to the radio? Walking into your local shop? Business is all around you. Competing for your custom and persuading you to be brand loyal.

No matter who you are, you are affected by the activities of business. Businesses provide us with jobs, goods, services, income, homes and leisure. There is very little in our world that is not governed by business activity. It is a factor of our everyday life and whether or not a student intends to forge a career within a large, multi-national corporation, express their own sense of enterprise through self-employment or simply enjoy life as a consumer, Business Studies will provide both knowledge and understanding of how the business world operates and our own role in it.

Business Studies will introduce the technical language of business and industry alongside subject specific theories and concepts. It will also encourage you to use your analytical and evaluative skills in solving business problems in a contextual manner.

Students enjoy learning about the dynamics of business activity and tangle with many questions such as:

  • Why did I just buy that?
  • How do businesses get us to part with our cash?
  • Why is there so little manufacturing in the UK?
  • Why do some businesses succeed and others fail?
  • What social and ethical issues should I consider?
  • Are businesses truly ethical or is this just more marketing?
  • How does a rise in interest rates affect businesses and consumers?
  • What exactly is the economy and how will it affect me?

'The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.' - Oprah Winfrey

As a department we have the goal of preparing our students to be tomorrow's citizens, equipped and able to be successful and with the skills to be independent, lifelong learners.

Aims

  • To achieve the highest student achievement which is our central purpose of teaching and assessment
  • To provide opportunities and feedback for students to improve work
  • To help the students to develop a range of skills including personal learning and thinking skills to provide the best opportunities for their development
  • To ensure that students are challenged and stretched within lessons
  • That student are equipped with the attributes necessary to be successful in the world of work

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2016 All Year 13 students gained a L3 qualification at least one grade above their target and 75% achieved a Distinction *.