Business

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Business

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Business

The subject aims to actively engage students in the study of business and economics, helping them to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

Unit 1 contains five topics:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context

Unit 3 contains five topics:

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business.

Year 9 – Unit 1: Introduction to a Small Business

Autumn 1 Spotting a business opportunity
Autumn 2 Showing enterprise
Spring 1 Putting a business idea into practice
Spring 2 Making the start-up effective
Summer 1 Understanding the economic context
Summer 2 The wider world affecting business.

Year 10 – Unit 3: Building a Business

Autumn 1 Controlled Assessment – Investigating a Small Business
Autumn 2 Marketing – market research, product trial, product lifecycle and Boston Matrix, branding and differentiation, having a successful marketing mix.
Spring 1 Meeting customer needs – Customer service and customer expectations, Just in Time and Just In Case, productivity, managing quality, cost effective operations and competitiveness, consumer protection laws
Spring 2 Effective financial management – financing growth, improving cash flow, break even analysis, improving profit
Summer 1 Effective people management – organisational structures, motivation theory,  remuneration, ethics in business
Summer 2 The wider world effecting business – Environmental issues, The Government and the EU Economic issues affecting trade e.g. tariffs, quota, export subsidy

Year 11 – Unit 2: Controlled Assessment and Unit 1/3 Revision – Incorporating Unit 1 Theory with Unit 3

Autumn 1 Controlled Assessment – Investigating a Small Business
Autumn 2 Marketing – market research, product trial, product lifecycle and Boston Matrix, branding and differentiation, having a successful marketing mix.
Spring 1 Meeting customer needs – Customer service and customer expectations, Just in Time and Just In Case, productivity, managing quality, cost effective operations and competitiveness, consumer protection laws
Spring 2 Effective financial management – financing growth, improving cash flow, break even analysis, improving profit
Summer 1 Effective people management – organisational structures, motivation theory,  remuneration, ethics in business
Summer 2 The wider world effecting business – Environmental issues, The Government and the EU Economic issues affecting trade e.g. tariffs, quota, export subsidy

Key Information

  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Examination Details

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to a Small Business (25%) – External exam – 45 minutes (multiple choice)
  • Unit 2 – Investigating a Small Business (25%) – Controlled Assessment
  • Unit 3 – Building a Business (50%) – External exam (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Key Stage 5 – BTEC Business

Key Stage 5 – BTEC Business

BTEC National in Business Extended Certificate (Single)

BTEC National in Business Diploma (Double)

Year 12

Autumn 1 Unit 14 – Investigating Customer Service – Learners will study how excellent customer service contributes to business success. The unit gives

learners the opportunity to develop their customer service skills

Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process – Learners explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. The unit gives them the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance.
Autumn 2
Spring 1 Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance – written exam (June) – Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. Unit 6 – Principles of Management – externally assessed task (June) This unit enables learners to understand how the role of management and leadership in the workplace contributes towards business success.
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2 Unit 1 – Exploring Business – learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. Unit 4 – Managing an Event – Learners will work as part of a small group to plan, co-ordinate and manage a business or social enterprise event and evaluate the skills gained.

 

Year 13

Autumn 1 Unit 1 – Exploring Business – learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. Unit 4 – Managing an Event – Learners will work as part of a small group to plan, co-ordinate and manage a business or social enterprise event and evaluate the skills gained.
Autumn 2
Spring 1 Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign – externally assessed task (June) – learners will gain skills relating to and an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. Unit 5 – International Business – Learners study how UK businesses develop strategies to trade globally. Learners will also consider the factors that influence the implementation of these strategies.
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

Key Information

  • Exam Board – Edexcel
  • Lessons per week:
    • Single: 4 periods 360 GLH
    • Double: 8 periods 720 GLH

Key Stage 5 – A Level Business

Key Stage 5 – A Level Business

A Level Business (AQA)

Year 12 – Year 1

Autumn 1 Unit 1 – What is Business

·         Understanding the nature and purpose of business

·         Understanding different business forms

·         Understanding that businesses operate within an external environment

 

Unit 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance

·         Setting marketing objectives

·         Understanding markets and customers

Autumn 2 Unit 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making

·         Understanding management, leadership and decision making

·         Understanding management decision making

·         Understanding the role and importance of stakeholders

 

Unit 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance

·         Segmentation, targeting and positioning

·         Using the marketing mix

Spring 1 Unit 6 – Decision making to improve Human Resources

·         Setting human resource objectives

·         Analysing human resource performance

·         Improving organisational design and human resource flow

·         Improving motivation and engagement

·         Improving employer-employee relations

Unit 5  – Decision making to improve financial performance

·         Setting financial objectives

·         Analysing financial objectives

·         Sources of finance

·         Improving cash flow and profits

Spring 2 Unit 4 – Decision making to improve operational performance

·         Setting operational objectives

·         Analysing operational performance

·         Increasing efficiency and productivity

·         Improving quality

·         Managing inventory and supply chains

Summer 1 Revision – exam practice
Summer 2 Revision exam practice

 

 

Year 13 – Year 2

Autumn 1 and Autumn 2 Choosing strategic direction

Strategic direction: choosing which markets to compete in and what products to offer

Strategic positioning: choosing how to compete

Assessing a change in scale

Spring 1 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

Assessing a change in scale

Assessing innovation

Assessing internationalisation

Assessing greater use of digital technology

Spring 2 Managing strategic change

Managing change

Managing organisational culture

Managing strategic implementation

Problems with strategy and why strategies fail

Summer 1 Revision and exam practice
Summer 2 Revision and exam practice

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Lessons per week: 4 periods

To find out more information about this course, you can email business@heathpark.net.