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Business     

The Business Department at Holte School is a vibrant and enthusiastic team of Business specialists who strive to create an informed, innovative and realistic introduction to the world of Business.

The department consists of 3 members; Mr. Gakhal, Mrs Jamila and  Miss. Naseem.

The subject teaches students how to understand the stimulating and complex world of Business, how it operates internally and its interaction with an ever changing environment.

In order to ensure all students achieve, the department offers a broad range of courses at both Key Stage Four and Key Stage Five and boasts the flexibility to ensure students are on the right course to suit their needs.

To enrich the curriculum offered, a range of effective teaching resources, along with educational visits and speakers are used to ensure that students find Business Studies engaging, relevant and more applicable to the growing skills that is sought after by employers.

KS4 Course

The key stage 4 qualification in Business has been developed to:

  • Actively engage students in the study of business and to develop them as effective and independent learners, and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Allow students to develop and apply their business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • Enable students to appreciate the range of perspectives of different business stakeholders and to enable students to consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.

The course offered at Key Stage 4:

Year 9 – Foundation Year – Leading to BTEC First Award in Business (Edexcel Exam Board)

We have introduced a Foundation course for Year 9 pupils in Business Studies which leads to a 2 year BTEC Business Enterprise course in Year 10 and Year 11. The Year 9 course enables pupils to grasp a basic understanding of the subject. It equips them with the skills required to successfully achieve when they begin their qualification in Year 10. There are a number of cross curricular links with Maths, ICT, Geography and RE. This ensures pupils have a wide and varied access to other areas of the National Curriculum. In Year 9 pupils will explore topics such as Business Enterprise, The Economy and Finance. There will be a range of individual assignments, group projects and exam style papers as part of their assessment.

Year 10- BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise

The BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of business. You will have the opportunity to develop the key enterprise, financial skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to understand how businesses recognise opportunities and build on them to succeed. You will also develop and apply your business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

Course Content:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Opportunities (Internally Assessed) 
  • Unit 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (Internally Assessed)

The units focus on the development of core knowledge and understanding, including the range of enterprises and the key features and factors that contribute to an enterprise’s level of success. The development and application of skills such as analysing research, information, planning and financial forecasting, communicating and problem solving. Reflective practice through pitching an idea for an enterprise activity that allows learners to reflect on their own communication skills and the viability of their enterprise activity following feedback.

  • Unit 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Externally Assessed)

There is 1 externally assessed unit which will be set and marked by the exam board. The assessment must be taken by the learner under examination conditions and is one hour in length. The exam board allows re sit opportunities.

Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and applied to realistic contexts. It requires learners to analyse and interpret information in relation to an enterprise and to make recommendations on strategies to use to improve the performance of the enterprise.

This course will enable you to develop into effective, independent learners and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. This course also provides opportunities for you to develop the communication, problem solving and research skills needed for working in the business sector. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where you have the opportunity to express your opinions.

Key Stage 5 Courses:

We currently offer the following course at Key Stage 5;

AQA Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business.

This qualification is aimed at 16 to 18 year old learners who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business and/or business-related subjects (eg management, finance, entrepreneurship).

This qualification provides a broad understanding of business knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education. This qualification can also prepare people to take up

employment in business and entrepreneurship, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education at university or college.

Studying this qualification will enable learners to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills recognised as most important by higher education and employers. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferrable skills, such as teamwork, research and communication as part of their applied learning.

All of the units in this qualification are mandatory. The qualification’s synoptic focus at this level is on the four key themes of business education: people, markets, finance and operational delivery.

Y12 AQA Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business

The AQA Certificate in Applied Business qualification is aimed at learners who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business related subjects such as Accounting & Finance, Economics and Law.

All 3 units in this qualification are mandatory and are equally weighted. The qualification’s synoptic focus at this level is on the four key themes of business education: HR, Marketing, Finance and Operations. Pupils complete 1 external exam on Finance, 1 externally assessed controlled assessment on Entrepreneurial Opportunities and 1 internally assessed course work unit on Business Dynamics.

The learner will cover topics such as the role of finance in planning an enterprise, analysing and making financial decisions. Pupils will analyse how business organisations use the human, physical and financial resources at their disposal to achieve their dynamic goals and the nature of enterprising behaviour and how this can be personally utilised to best exploit entrepreneurial opportunities within specific market conditions.

Y13 AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business

The AQA Certificate in Applied Business qualification is aimed at learners who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business related subjects such as Accounting & Finance, Economics and Law.

All 3 units in this qualification are mandatory and are equally weighted. The qualification’s synoptic focus at this level is on the four key themes of business education: HR, Marketing, Finance and Operations.

In the qualification, the learner will investigate how managers can organise, motivate and lead employees through organisational change to achieve business objectives and the importance of leadership and culture. Pupils will develop, present and evaluate a business proposal. Finally, plan a marketing communications strategy capable of supporting the business proposal. Pupils complete 1 external exam and 2 internally assessed CWK units.

Nature of Homework

Students will receive homework that is designed to extend and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and terms explored during class time. This may range from researching current topics and issues applicable to the law to completing written tasks or exam based questions/essays.

Progression

The qualification allows for a number of progression routes including:

Higher education: the advanced awards provide a sound basis for progression to a range of HE courses, eg BA degrees in business subjects and HNDs.

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/business-management-and-administrative-studies

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/accounting

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/economics

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/finance

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/law

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/marketing

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/teaching

Linked apprenticeships:

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeships?SearchField=All&Keywords=business&Location=Birmingham&WithinDistance=0&ApprenticeshipLevel=All&DisabilityConfidentOnly=false&Latitude=52.48535&Longitude=-1.86152&Hash=1029030224&SearchMode=Keyword&Category=&LocationType=NonNational&sortType=Relevancy&SearchAction=Search&resultsPerPage=5&DisplayDescription=true&DisplayDistance=true&DisplayClosingDate=true&DisplayStartDate=true&DisplayApprenticeshipLevel=false&DisplayWage=false

Employment: the course aims to maintain and support the recognised standards demanded for Applied Business education and training in order to meet the requirements of various business sectors. 

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/business-management

Extra-Curricular Activities for post 16 students

 

  • Trips to established businesses such as Amazon and Jaguar
  • Guest speakers including The Bank of England, RBS and Midland Heart
  • University master classes
  • Revision and coursework workshops

Additional reading for post 16 students

http://businesscasestudies.co.uk/

http://www.tutor2u.net/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/business-studies

http://www.businessed.co.uk/

http://www.ebea.org.uk/home/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=4

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk

https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/

http://www.businessworld-magazine.com/

http://www.businessmag.co.uk/

bbc.co.uk

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news

http://uk.reuters.com/business

http://www.ft.com/home/uk

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/business       

 

We are also committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.  We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.                                                    

   
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