Business is an exciting and challenging subject and is taught only at Key Stage 4. The themes in the Edexcel specification are designed to spark pupils’ imagination and inspire commercial thinking as they develop their business knowledge. We use contemporary business context in our teaching and support this with practical and engaging case studies in the classroom. It is important for our pupils to experience real and relevant business examples within everyday life. This is further supported by exciting and interesting visits where pupils can see their learning in practice, for example our visits to Charlton Football Club and the BMW factory in Oxford.
All of our teaching rooms have interactive boards and the use of laptops for pupils to research businesses and enhance their learning, are also available.
Homework is set every week and the expectation of high quality is enforced stringently from the start.
Key Stage 4
Edexcel Business Spec , GCSE (9-1)
Theme 1: Investigating a small Business
Theme 2 : Building a Business
Theme 1: 50 % Paper with extended writing and multiple choice questions -1 hour 30 minutes.
Theme 2: 50 % Paper with extended writing and multiple choice questions -1 hour 30 minutes.
NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award Business and Enterprise
Unit 1: Introduction to Business and Enterprise
Unit 2: Understanding the resources for business and enterprise planning
Unit 1: 40% Paper with extended writing and multiple choice questions – 1 hour 30 minutes
Unit 2: 60% Synoptic Project, 21 hours of supervised time
There are a wealth of high quality resources available on the internet for pupils studying Business. The BBC Bitesize is a great way to get an overview of each topic, Bizkidz is a US children’s program that look at many of the topics in a fun and practical way. Pupils are also encouraged to watch programs such as ‘Dragons Den,’ ‘Watchdog’ and ‘The Apprentice.’
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities
A visit to the BMW factory in Oxford to attend a workshop and a tour around the factory ensures that the pupils see their classroom learning come to life in a real business.
Pupils are taken to Charlton football club and focus on a ‘service’ and how the day to day running of a football club has many different aspects of business management. Each of these aspects are then looked at in detail as the pupils take part in a 10-week enterprise experience that is delivered in conjunction with the club and the Department here in school. The Mosaic Enterprise experience further allows pupils to experience developing and running their own online business with a goal to maximise profits in a nationwide competition and this is delivered by visiting local entrepreneurs.