Introduction to the Subject & Team
The BICTE faculty is staffed by a supportive, creative and imaginative team of thirteen teachers. The BICTE Leadership Team consists of the following staff:
Mr Robert Rhodes
Curriculum Team Leader for Business, IT, Media, Economics & Computer Science
Mr Joel Clegg
Deputy CTL for Economics & Business
Our vision is to ensure all students reach their potential across the host of subjects on offer in the BICTE faculty. This can be through the use of practical, taught and real life experience. Students will be supported throughout their learning journey by caring, supportive teachers who will guide them towards success.
Course Content at Key Stage 4
Year 10 & 11
Assessment for GCSE Business Studies comprises of 2 external exams which are both completed in the May/June exam series at the end of the course and 1 piece of controlled assessment.
Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business (25% of overall GCSE grade): 45 Min multi-choice exam paper
This unit concentrates on the key issues and skills involved in enterprise. It provides a framework to consider the marketing, financial, human and operational issues involved in starting and running a small business. This unit is split into five main topic areas:
- Spotting a business opportunity – involves research, data analysis and customer and competitor analysis.
- Showing enterprise – involves the skills needed to set up a business idea.
- Putting a business idea into practice – involves financial management, marketing and managing people.
- Making the start-up effective – involves looking at how staff and customers affect success.
- Understanding the economic context – involves factors outside of the businesses control.
Unit 2 Investigating Small Business (25% of overall GCSE grade): Controlled Assessment
Investigating small business is a unit of controlled assessment. The subject content that is used is what the students have studied in unit 1. The students need to choose a set task from the choice of five that the exam board release annually. Although the tasks change annually, they usually comprise of the students conducting some form of primary research on a small business, meaning if the students have a contact to a small business they could possibly use that as their basis of study. They then go on to write up their findings with students being assessed on four elements: research, present information/data, analysis and evaluation.
Unit 3 Building a Business (50% of overall GCSE grade): 1h30 Written exam paper
This unit builds on units 1 and 2 and examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. This unit is split into five main topic areas:-
- Marketing – involves looking at how to make a business stand out in a competitive marketplace.
- Meeting customer needs – involves customer satisfaction and effective operations management.
- Effective financial management – Involves looking at how to make a business a financial success.
- Effective people management – Involves looking at how to deal with staff and seeing them as an asset.
- The wider world affecting business – Involves looking at economic, social, environmental and ethical issues.
Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject
The key skills gained through completing GCSE Business Studies, such as analysing and applying theory, will be readily transferrable to many post 16 courses but the course acts as a particularly good stepping stone to A-level Business Studies. Due to the broad nature of the subject, students who have studied Business Studies at A-level and degree level go on to undertake a wide variety of job roles. Some examples of jobs which Economics students may progress towards include: accountancy, marketing, management, banking or managing your own business.
How Parents Can Support Learning
Children will have a wide range of resources available on the academy network for you to review and provide support. It would also be helpful to encourage your child, if possible, to practise the skills that have been developed in their lessons. During exam season, help them to create a revision timetable which includes specific revision activities to complete.//this is how the content shows up