Subject Leader for Business / BTEC Quality Assurance Manager: Mr D Cheetham
Teacher of Business/Business and Enterprise Clubs Coordinator: Mr A Bobbo Teacher of Business Assistant Headteacher: Mrs F Wood Teacher of Business Assistant Headteacher: Mr A Lawson Teacher of Business
Our team of specialist teachers delivers courses throughout Key Stages 4 and 5.
Business Studies is a very popular subject among our students. Each teacher in the department has a different range of skills, and all have different specialist backgrounds from industry and education.
At Key Stage 4, Business Studies is a very popular subject to choose at GCSE.
At Key Stage 5, Business Studies continues to be very popular.
We offer A level Business Studies and a vocational BTEC Level 3 course in Business where the students are able to further develop their skills.
KS3 includes year 7 & 8
The subject is taught in year 9 as part of the GCSE course.
KS3: There are no courses offered however we encourage all other curriculum areas to relate appropriate subject content to the world of work and enterprise.
KS4 Includes Year 9,10 & 11
At Key Stage 4, Business is very popular to choose at GCSE. The department offers GCSE (Edexcel) Business. Students in Year 9, 10 & 11 study the engaging business related themes are designed to inspire commercial thinking as our students' develop their business knowledge. The course investigates a range of size of different businesses from small sole traders to large scale multi-national companies and their impact on the environment and society.
Teachers in the department specialise according to their particular area of strength and interest.
KS5 includes year 12 & 13
At Key Stage 5, Business continues to be very popular. We offer A level Business and a vocational BTEC Level 3 course in Business. A lot of the students who study in the department go on to study Business related degrees at University.
KS5: the department offers two different courses:
The first course is the A Level (AQA) Business course. The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is also covered throughout the topics.
The second course offered is the BTEC (Edexcel) Business course. BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments.The main areas covered in this course include Business Finance, Marketing, a work experience placement course of study and a period of study where the students' explore a full range of different types of business within the economy.
We have taken part in Young Enterprise, with the previous group winning the ‘Best Trade Stand’ at the regional finals. Students in the department have also taken part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge, and one of our groups went onto the South East regional final at St Mary’s - the home of Southampton FC. We take GCSE and A level groups of students to grade boosting courses in London so that they can reach their full potential. A speaker from the business SAGE come into school as well as Legal and General to do a talk on finance.
As a department, we aim to convey to students the importance of the wide range of aspects of Business, so that they are able to use the knowledge and skills they acquire in future careers.