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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Details below on the GCSE and A Level Business studies offered.

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

The curriculum intention in year 10 is to introduce small business and an understanding of how they operate to make them successful.

Curriculum intention to open business opportunities so the diverse group of learners can see economic growth within the context and can be inspired to run and manage their own businesses in the future.

To develop knowledge learners need to access subject key terms which are specific to the subject and enable students to excel in the external examinations. This course also enables learners from a diverse background to develop in their communities. The use of ‘Dragons Den’ and ‘The Apprentice’ allows them to be inspired by international successful role models which also helps with intake onto the GCSE course. 

Theme 1: Investigating small business

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. In this theme, students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. Local contexts refer specifically to small businesses or those operating in a single UK location and national contexts relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK.

Paper 1 is worth 50% of the final grade and is on theme 1.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

1.1: Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2  Spotting a business opportunity

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

1.4: Making the business effective

 

 

20th April – 18th May

Enterprise Day

Recapping Theme 1

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

1.3: Putting a business idea into practice

24th Feb – 30th March

1.5: Understanding external influences on business

1st June – 13th July

Business Trip

Introduction of Theme 2

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students moving from 4 to 5 and above for grades

Ability to relate theory to context

Confidence in Theme 1

Opening to business success in the future

 

 

Employability skills:

Through studying this qualification students will:

● apply knowledge and understanding to different business contexts. These include businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts

● develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour

● use business terminology to identify and explain business activity

● apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Students will also create CVs ready for employment and look at customer service as a topic

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

The curriculum intention in year 11 is to develop understanding of how small businesses then grow into larger businesses (Multinational companies) and the need to make strategic actions in relation to human resources, finance and operations.

The curriculum intention is to develop learner’s knowledge and concept of larger international businesses. This helps learners gain a vision of successful companies that they could end up working in; in departments such as accounting, law, management, recruitment and sales. This course enables learners to develop key communication skills amongst large businesses because there is an emphasis on stakeholder relationships.

Theme 2: Building a business

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. In this theme, students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. National contexts build on those in Theme 1 and relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK. Global contexts relate to non-UK or transnational businesses. Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates. Students must understand how these functional areas influence business activity and how interdependencies and relationships between them underpin business decisions.

Theme 2 is 50% of the final grade and content for Paper 2.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

2.4  Making financial decisions

20th April – 18th May

Revision of Theme 1 and 2

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

 2.3 Making operational decisions

24th Feb – 30th March

2.5 Making human resource decisions

1st June – 13th July

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

End of unit tests

Assessment folders

Ability to relate theory with context

Confidence in Theme 1 and 2

Confidence in answering 9 and 12 mark questions

Foster ambition to be working for international businesses

To do Edexcel A level Business

To understand customer service and develop sales skills

Employability skills:

Through studying this qualification students will:

● apply knowledge and understanding to different business contexts. These include businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts

● develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour

● use business terminology to identify and explain business activity

● apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Students will also create CVs ready for employment and look at customer service as a topic.

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

Learners are given the opportunity to do A level business as it is 100% exams and this suits learners better than coursework.

The SOW has been put together as Theme 1 and 2 offers recap of GCSE content but goes deeper

Exam skills and command words are embedded from the start through homework’s and assessments

Theme 2 must be taught before Theme 3 as prior knowledge is essential

Refresher content also allows for building of skills with prior knowledge

The development from GCSE to A level is that students are seeing business from a strategic level, which involves finance, resource management and people in business. The business is not seen as isolated but external factors are also considered and their impacts on the businesses. Students will also look at current affairs such as ‘BREXIT’ and the current economy. This course involves techniques to manage people which was not so detailed at GCSE.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Theme 1.1- Meeting Customer Needs

Theme 2.1- Raising Finance

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Theme 1.3-Marketing Mix and Strategy

Theme 2.3- Managing Finance

20th April – 18th May

Theme 1.5- Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2.5- External Influences

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Theme 1.2- The Market

Theme 2.2- Financial Planning

24th Feb – 30th March

Theme 1.4- Managing People

Theme 2.4-Resource Management

1st June – 13th July

Revision and start theme 3

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Increase in overall analysis and evaluation marks

Homework and in class assessments- marks as well as grades

Employability skills:

Every aspect fits into industry skills.

Also develops wider skills such as commercial acumen, organisation, time management.

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention:

Themes in order and link back to prior content

These themes allow for synoptic and holistic nature of paper 3 where themes 1 and 2 have been taught already

Case study launch in December allows us to gear more tailored learning. The themes in year 13 are more global businesses, linked to the media which allows the opportunity to develop context related to the ‘real world’. It also enables learners to think critically and evaluate economics of different countries worldwide. Business studies in year 13 offers a springboard to the study of business at university.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Theme 3.1 objectives and Strategy

Theme 3.2 Business Growth

Theme 3.3 Decision Making Techniques

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Theme 3.6- Managing Change

Theme 4.1 Globalisation

Theme 4.2 Global Markets

20th April – 18th May

 

Revision

Case study

Practice papers

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Theme 3.3 Decision Making Techniques

Theme 3.4- Influences on Business Decisions

Theme 3.5- Assessing Competitiveness

24th Feb – 30th March

Theme 4.3- Global Marketing

Theme 4.4- Global Industries

Exam Case Study work

1st June – 13th July

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Increase in overall analysis and evaluation marks

Homework and in class assessments- marks as well as grades

Holistic nature of exam answers

Use of application building

To foster opportunities to study business at university

Employability skills:

Every aspect fits into industry skills.

Also develops wider skills such as commercial acumen, organisation, time management.