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.
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.
- 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.
This website has the specifications of the GCSE and A-level courses that we deliver.
KS4 Business Studies GCSE
Board and Exam Details New Specification from September 2017
GCSE Business Studies – OCR GCSE 9-1
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
100% of the course is completed through two external examinations at the end of the course.
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.
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.
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.