The Business department has five dedicated Business suites and use of a dedicated room housing the UK’s first LEGO education centre, an invaluable resource for aspiring programmers. Each of our classrooms has a minimum of 25 computers and its own colour printer, as well as access to two laptop trolleys. The department is popular amongst Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students, being the most popular department for post-16 learners in the Academy. The majority of our Year 13 students go onto higher education at university and in the last two years have made a considerable contribution to the record-breaking A level results achieved.
Key Stage 4
Introduction to Business Autumn term Year 9
Students are introduced to business fundamentals during their first term, consisting of 11 in-depth studies of various topics, ranging from enterprise/entrepreneurial behaviour to types of ownership.
- Unit 5 Coursework: Marketing and Customer Needs 30% - Spring/Summer term Year 9
In this unit students investigate how a business uses marketing activities to meet customers’ needs and deal with competition.
- Unit 4 Coursework: People in Business 30% - Year 10
Students investigate how businesses organise and motivate their staff. They will have the chance to reflect on their potential as a future employee and manager.
- Unit 1 Exam: Setting up a Business 20% - sat in June in Year 11
Students learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. They will also learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.
- Unit 7 Exam: Business Finance 20% - sat in June in Year 11
Students will apply financial tools that are used by businesses to calculate their day-to-day expenditure and their overall profitability. Students will use the same methods used by Chartered Accountants and CFOs (Chief Financial Officers) of major corporations throughout the world.
Both exam units are taught throughout Year 11, no re-sits are available for any of the final exams.
BTEC Level 1 / 2 award in Business
Introduction to Business Autumn term Year 9
Students are introduced to business fundamentals during their first term, consisting of 11 in-depth studies of various topics, ranging from enterprise/entrepreneurial behaviour to types of ownership. Students will focus on enterprise once the taster lessons are complete, as this will lead them onto their first unit of work. The start date will vary for the first unit of work, but normally no later than Spring term two. This course comprises of three coursework units and one examined test, all equally split at 25% each.
Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World 25% - completed in Spring/Summer term Year 9
This unit introduces students to the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success.
Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service 25% - completed in Autumn/Spring term Year 10
Students are introduced to the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success.
Unit 2 exam: Finance for Business 25% - completed in Summer/Autumn term Year 10/11
In this unit, students explore types of costs that business incur, how they plan and manage their finances leading to more complicated financial models such as break-even analysis. This is the only non-coursework unit, this is an externally examined on-screen examination.
Unit 6: Introducing Retail Business 25% - completed in Spring/Summer term Year 11
This unit covers the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success.
Key Stage 5
The Business and ICT subjects prove very popular each year and, to meet the demand, we are increasing the amount of classes for September 2015. Our exam achievement is equally impressive; in the 2014 results our students made a significant contribution to the Academy’s best A level results to date, with our students contributing an impressive 61% of the A*- B grades achieved.
The department ensures that a Business and ICT teacher are available for a minimum of one hour at the end of each Academy day to support students with their work. In addition we run extra-curricular clubs such as virtual share trading competitions, support for UCAS and apprenticeship applications and we run a mentoring programme in conjunction with XL Catlin.
A level Applied Business
This is the most popular A level option taken in Years 12 and 13 and is ideal preparation for university or work. This course has led many students to leading universities in recent years, including Southampton, Leicester and City University to study courses such as Accounting and Finance and Banking with Financial studies.
This is available as a single A level option or a double award.
Unit 1: Investigating business
Unit 2: People in business
Unit 3: Financial planning and monitoring
Unit 4: Meeting customer needs (Double award only)
Unit 6: Developing a product (Double award only)
Unit 7: Career planning (Double award only)
Unit 8: Business Planning
Unit 10: Promotional activities
Unit 11: The Marketing Environment (Double award only)
Unit 12: Managing People
Unit 14: Managing Change (Double award only)
Unit 16: Managing Resources (Double award only)
Two-thirds of the course is based on portfolio evidence (coursework). Both AS and A2 level consist of internally assessed coursework and external written examinations
Examination Board; AQA
BTEC Travel and Tourism Level 3
100% coursework (no examination)
This course gives students ideal preparation for further study, including university, and the world of work. Most students studying Travel and Tourism in the past have gone onto employment, gaining apprenticeships or full time work, some of which have gained well-regarded apprenticeships at British Airways. Ideally located for Heathrow airport, this is an ideal course for students wishing to work locally for one of the many businesses located in and around the airport vicinity, such as hotels, duty free and airlines.
Level 3 Subsidiary diploma; this is equivalent to one A level completed over two years, this can be selected as one of your four A level options.
Units cover many topics including:
- Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector
- The Business of Travel and Tourism
- The UK as a Destination
- Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
- Preparing for Employment in Travel and Tourism
- Airfares and Ticketing