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Business Studies and Economics

Introduction

The aim of the Business Studies and Economics Department is to develop in our students the skills, qualities, attitudes, knowledge and understanding which are valued by both employers and further education and also equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

Students achieve above average A level grades at QKA with most achieving A*-C grades and have left the school equipped with the analytical and evaluative skills to successfully study Business or Economics and a range of related qualifications at University including; business management, finance and accounting, human resources, law, philosophy, politics and economics. Business skills, which touch on every part of our modern society, are in high demand worldwide and are often very well paid.

The department team is made up of an experienced group of teaching staff who have a variety of backgrounds in business and Economics. The team work closely together to create a friendly working environment where each student is encouraged to be successful and maximise his/her potential. The team consists of:

Key Stage Four

Year 10

Cambridge Nationals Level 1 Certificate: Enterprise and Marketing

Students will study the following three units over two years:

  • Enterprise and marketing concepts (exam)
  • Design a business proposal: a business challenge which is studied alongside the exam and where the concepts of a business idea put into practice
  • Market and pitch a business proposal: developing, promoting and pitching a brand to an audience

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/338513-specification.pdf

Year 11

Currently BTEC: First Business Award

The course is made up of 4 units

  • Enterprise in the Business World (how to set up your own business)
  • Finance for Business (how to make a profit and survive)
  • Promoting a Brand (how to promote a brand for a business idea)
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment (how to get the best out of your team)

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Business/2012/Specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446936085_BTECFIRST_L12_AWD_BUS_Iss3.pdf

From 2019: Cambridge Nationals Level 1 Certificate: Enterprise and Marketing

Key Stage Five

Level 2 Sixth Form:

BTEC: First Business Award

See year 11

Level 3 Sixth Form:

A Level Economics: Edexcel exam based qualification. The course is made up of 4 themes:

  • Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
  • The UK Economy- performance and policies
  • Business Economics
  • A global perspective

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/economics-a-2015.html

A level Business Studies: Edexcel exam based qualification. The course is made up of 4 themes:

  • Marketing and People
  • Managing Business Activities
  • Business Decisions and Strategy
  • Global Business

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Business%20Studies/2015/specification-and-sample-assessment-materials/9781446914694_GCE2015_A_BUS_WEB.PDF

OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Business : Level 3 coursework/exam qualification

  • The business environment (exam)
  • Customers and communication
  • Business events
  • Working in a business (exam)
  • Introduction to Human Resources

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-technicals-business-level-3-certificate-extended-certificate-foundation-diploma-diploma-05834-05837-2016-suite/

 

Staffing

Mr P Wills: Subject Coordinator

Mrs A Bowles: Progress Leader

Mrs Y McMenemy: Teacher

Mr D Taylor: Teacher of Economics and Deputy Principal