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Business Studies

Subject Overview

Business and Enterprise is an important part of the UK economy and play’s a major role in the UK’s global status.  Demand for employment in these areas is likely to continue to rise and expand, playing a key role in UK society.  The role of entrepreneurs is to help create wealth for the nation and its citizens through the creation of enterprises that innovate and grow the economy. There are nearly 5 million such businesses in the UK, employing about 14.4 million people. In 2015, small and medium enterprises contributed to £24 billion in the UK economy. This is mirrored in our local context and understanding how organisations operate is key to our student’s future success.

Business Studies gives students the opportunity to study a broad range of functions that a business carries out in order to succeed in an ever evolving world, analysing the possible effects of a particular course of action and evaluating its success and through this, they will develop the key transferable skills to fill these careers.

Curriculum Principles

The key principle of the Business Studies curriculum is  to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to develop their wider knowledge of the world, employability skills and entrepreneurial ability and to apply knowledge and understanding to business decision-making, considering the interdependent nature of business activities. 

Curriculum Aims

The curriculum aims for Business Studies are thorough, covering all the key functions a business carries out.  To ensure its breadth, we also examine the external environment in which businesses operate and we live. The course is sequenced to ensure students have a holistic grounding in the subject prior to beginning any of their assessed modules and to ensure they develop the key skills necessary to understand a range of perspectives.

Students benefit from taking part in relevant personal career planning and development including researching job roles and gaining a better understanding of the recruitment process. Students will also benefit from guest speakers from their local community and beyond. 

The courses have been designed to been developed to provide learners with a realistic and thought-provoking introduction to the world of business and help learners to develop their knowledge of business theory, and allow them to use their creativity and entrepreneurism. Through following the program of study students will develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

Students will develop problem-solving skills relevant to investigating, analysing and evaluating business opportunities using an enquiring and critical approach to make informed judgements.

 

Curriculum Design

Please click the link to view our Business Studies Curriculum Year Overview

We will implement this in Business Studies with the aim of unlocking each students' potential and inspiring them to achieve excellence by being the best they can be.