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KS 4
About the course
A GCSE qualification in Business aims to encourage you to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The GCSE will prepare you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

What they will learn
A GCSE qualification in Business will enable you to:

  • Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as an effective and independent student and as a critical and reflective thinker with an enquiring mind.
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements.
  • Develop and apply your knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.
  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business activities.
  • Consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.

How it will be assessed

100% External examination

Unit 1: Investigating Small Business – Examination (50% of final grade) externally assessed.
Unit 2: Building a Business – Examination (50% of final grade) externally assessed.

Exam board
Edexcel

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KS 5
About the course
A-Level Business

What they will learn

Theme 1: Marketing and People
- meeting customer needs
- the market
- marketing mix and strategy
- managing people
- entrepreneurs and leaders
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
- raising finance
- financial planning
- managing finance
- resource management
- external influences
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
- business objectives and strategy
- business growth
- decision-making techniques
- influences on business decisions
- assessing competitiveness
- managing change
Theme 4: Global Business
- globalisation
- global markets and business expansion
- global marketing
- global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

How it will be assessed
100% Exam
Four themes, all assessed in written exams in Year 13.

Exam board
Edexcel

Future Career Paths in subject
Education
University to study Business, Economics, Finance, International Relations, Politics or History

Employment
Entrepreneurship, Banking, Consulting, Journalism, Venture Capital, Academia

 

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KS5 Vocational

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business

About the course: The Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation to further study or the workplace. Students will learn how a business might evolve from a small start-up business to a large multinational organisation.

What they will learn: Learners will be required to take 10 units over the 2 year course. 4 of these units are external examinations and the remainder are internally assessed.

Units covered include:

Unit 1: The business environment
Unit 2: Working in business
Unit 3: Business decisions
Unit 4: Customers and communication
Unit 5: Marketing and market research
Unit 6: Marketing strategy
Unit 7: Marketing campaign
Unit 15: Change management
Unit 16: Principles of project management
Unit 22: Delivering a business project

How it will be assessed:
External Exams – Units 1, 2, 3 & 15
Internally assessed – Units 4, 5, 6, 7, 16, 22

Exam Board:
OCR

Future Career Paths in subject
Education

University to study Business, Economics, Marketing, Finance and HRM.

Employment
Marketing, Retail, Insurance, Clerical, Accounting and Banking.

Head of Department:
Mr Seery

Email:
SeeryJ@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

 

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