Business is a subject that enhances pupils’ critical thinking skills with a vibrant curriculum that equips them with knowledge about the world of work and education for a variety of different careers. It prepares them for life beyond school both academically and vocationally through a range of experiences: visitors speaking with the pupils, trips and projects. It is a rich curriculum that develops a pupil’s life skills in addition to improving their understanding of decision making in a business environment along with the advantages and disadvantages that can occur. Business aims to excite and engage pupils through wide variety of activities that support the National Curriculum and beyond into further education and careers.
Programmes of Study
Unit 1: The Business Environment: Enterprise and entrepreneurship, growth, planning, ownership, aims and objectives, profit/loss and stakeholders.
Unit 2: Marketing: The purpose of marking, segmentation, research and the marking mix.
Unit 3: People: The role of HR, organisational structures, communication, recruitment and selection, motivation and retention, training and development and employment law.
Unit 4: Operations: Production processes, consumer law, quality of goods and services, sales process and customer service, business location and working with suppliers.
Unit 5: Finance: The Finance Function, sources of finance, revenue/costs/profit/loss, cash flow, breakeven, average rate of return, gross/net profit margin.
Unit 6: Influences on Business: Ethics, Economy and Globalisation.
Unit 7: Interdependent nature of business.
Marking and Assessment
Refer to ARR policy (Firefly)
End of unit assessments for each unit
Regular informal (low-threat) interactive assessments and home learning. Year 10 Mock and Year 11 mock.
2 Exams of 80 marks at the end of Year 11.
Revision Guides / Resources
OCR GCSE (9-1) Business, Third Edition- Alan Williams/Mike Schofield
OCR GCSE Revision Guide Hodder Education 9-1
New GCSE Business Edexcel Complete Revision and Practice - Grade 9-1
Mrs Dudaniec - Deputy Headteacher
Mr Gray - Head of Careers
Careers and Progression