Business Studies


The Aims of the Department

The Business and Economics Department aims to bring the reality of the business world and our economic environment into the classroom.  All our teachers have real business experience and we use this with teaching excellence, to deliver the GCSE and A-level syllabuses in an engaging way. 

We have an excellent track record of exam success for all our students across the wide variety of courses we offer.  Many of our students go on to study business and economics related courses on leaving Blenheim.  In our yearly student survey, students consistently give the department and our lessons high scores for enjoyability and this, coupled with the highest possible achievement rates, remains our mission.


School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged, depending on availability, throughout the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

  • Our resources are second to none including regular business magazines such as Marketing Weekly and the use of BBC iPlayer and YouTube to show up to date business programmes and company reference material.  These resources are continually developed to ensure our students have interesting and up to date references.
  • The Business suite of classrooms boasts over 50 computers, housed in the Sixth Form block.
  • Links to Business speakers and outside business organisations for Trips.

Useful Links

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects
This website has the specifications of the GCSE and A-level courses that we deliver.

www.tutor2u.net

www.businessed.co.uk

www.economicshelp.org

 

KS4 Business Studies GCSE

Board and Exam Details

GCSE Business Studies – AQA

What skills students develop

The aim of all the Business courses is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to run a business, as well as providing opportunities for them to develop a range of personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and further education. GCSE students learn how to set up and grow a business and will investigate a local business as part of their controlled assessment. 

Leadership, teamwork and communication are key areas of learning as well as understanding the pressures and the expectations of the workplace.  Students will understand how a business identifies opportunities, sources finance, produces their products, markets their offerings to customers and manages their staff.  The course is delivered by business professionals with wide reaching experience, using relevant and engaging examples.

How students are assessed

  • 75% of the course is completed through two external examinations
  • 25% of the course is completed through one controlled assessment that is carried out during lesson time and assessed internally.

Homework

Regular homework is set around the examination skills sets that are required for externally assessed units and the completion of the tasks for internally assessed work.  Homework aims to consolidate knowledge and examination technique and may require independent research or analysis of a specific business issue.

How parents can help

  • Discuss the business issues that your child has learnt about and encourage the exploration of similar issues of a variety of business.
  • Encourage your child to read an article in the business pages of a newspaper or the internet (e.g. www.bbc.co.uk/news/business).
  • Take an interest in their homework and read it through, inspiring attention to detail such as grammar and punctuation.
  • Watch business programmes such as Dragons' Den, The Apprentice, Mary Portas or Alex Polizzi.

Extra-curricular Activities

We run a support group for students during the week and in Year 11 we run a Stock Exchange Activity that enables students to gain an appreciation of stock markets, shareholders and Public Limited Companies.  In addition, Enterprise activities such as building Advertising Campaigns on iPads and running the Enterprise days in the Summer Term form just part of our extra-curricular contribution.

School Trips

In previous years we have run a school trip for Year 10 or Year 11 students at GCSE with trips to venues such as Wimbledon Tennis Club, Cadbury’s World and Drusilla’s Park and Zoo.  We continue to add to our contacts to provide variety and engagement for all students and dependent on availability and cost considerations, would aim to provide a speaker or off site trip during the course.

KS4 Economics GCSE

Board and Exam Details

GCSE Economics – OCR

What skills students develop

The aim of the GCSE Economics course is to give students a wider understanding of the part that households, firms and the government play in the generation of wealth and poverty in the UK and global economy.  Students will gain an understanding of how markets work and the things that go wrong in markets as well as the processes by which our economy is managed. 

Students will gain insight into the issues we face and the failure of the market to provide equally for all.  We will study international trade and the factors that can limit or expand it.  We will also look at environmental issues, global warming, globalisation, developing economies, dominant firms and how the government tries to manage our economy within Europe.

How students are assessed

100% of the course is completed through examinations.

Paper 1 (Unit A591):
How the Market Works - 1 hour computer based test.  25% of the total GCSE marks.

Paper 2 (Unit A592):
How the Economy Works - 1 hour written paper.  25% of the total GCSE marks.

Paper 3 (Unit A593):
The UK Economy and Globalisation - 1 hour 30 minutes written paper.  50% of the total GCSE marks.

Homework

Regular homework is set around the examination skills sets that are required for the externally assessed examinations.  Homework aims to consolidate knowledge and examination technique and may require independent research or analysis of a specific economic issue.

How parents can help

  • Discuss economic issues that your child has learned about and encourage the exploration of similar issues elsewhere in the global economy. Apply these issues to your child’s immediate environment, for example, how would a rise in interest rates affect the household income?
  • Encourage your child to read articles in the business and economics pages of newspapers and on websites such as The Economist or The Financial Times.
  • Take an interest in their homework and read it through, inspiring attention to detail such as grammar and punctuation.
  • Watch business and economics programmes, especially encourage your child to watch the news and ask questions about the impact of some of the reports on your household.

Extra-curricular activities

There is an opportunity for students to carry out a "mock” purchase of shares and monitor them on the London Stock Exchange during the course.  Support is offered after school for students to work on their Economics targets.

School Trips

We aim to facilitate a visit to the Bank of England and occasionally other businesses in the City.  Numbers and cost permitting, we’d like to continue to offer these or similar experiences for our GCSE students.