Business Studies

Staff Members
C Vernon
Mrs C. Vernon (HOD)
S McNulty
Mrs S. Mc Nulty
T Breen
Mrs T. Breen


General aims
We aim to provide our students with a broad introduction to the business sector and we encourage them to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in realistic business contexts, such as discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local businesses and/or organising an enterprise activity.

 

Key Stage 3

 

Year 10

Students participate in a number of Business Studies lessons throughout the year to give them an insight into what Business is all about. They rotate between Business Studies and Drama termly. Students gain an overview on the main topics studied at GCSE to help them decide whether they should choose this as a GCSE option. Topics include production, location, ownership, branding and cash flow forecasting. 

Key Stage 4

Year 11

Students will complete half of their 2 year course in ‘BTEC Certificate in Business’ by Edexcel and have a total of 6 tasks to complete in this year. This course is 100% coursework and students will have the opportunity to understand why businesses exist, discover the different business sectors and they will learn how a business operates.Students will study unit 1 and half of unit 2 in year 11.

Year 12

Students will complete the other half of their two year course in ‘BTEC Certificate in Business’ by Edexcel and have a total of 6 tasks to complete in this year. This course is 100% coursework and students will have the opportunity to understand how the Government monitors business activity, discover the different functions that operate in a business and they will learn how businesses make use of ICT to help in the production process. Students will study unit 1 and half of unit 2 in year 11

Post 16

Students can choose to study ‘Applied Business’ by Edexcel as an option for A-Level. This is a 2 year course and is 66% coursework & 34% exam based.

The following units are studied:

AS – Unit 1 (exam) 2, 3  A2 – Units 8(exam) 9, 13

Those students who do not meet the essential criteria to study A-Levels, can choose to complete a ‘BTEC Diploma in Business’ by Edexcel. This is a one year course and is equivalent to 4 GCSE grades at level 2. 

  Extra-curricular activities

  • ‘Young Enterprise’ – a team of very dedicated students who develop products and sell them in the school community.
  • ‘Share Race by the Belfast Telegraph’ – a competition for schools in Northern Ireland to invest £100,000 on shares from the stock market. The school that gains the largest return on their investment wins £500.
  • Step in Zones challenge organised by ‘Invest NI’ – a competition for year 10 students to submit their business ideas to a group of potential investors.
Career opportunities

Students who study Business Studies may decide on some of the following career paths: teaching, accountancy, real estate management, human resource management, retail, hospitality & leisure, recruitment officer, marketing/advertising or financial analyst.

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