Welcome to the Ash Manor School Business Studies Department. At Ash Manor we strive to progress students’ ability to understand the economic and business environment which underpins our economy and lives. We aim to develop students’ entrepreneurial and business acumens to ensure they develop outstanding employability skills for the future.
As a department we strive to be inclusive, to teach engaging and challenging lessons and to focus on the achievement of each individual. We offer a supportive and caring learning environment in which every student has the opportunity to achieve their personal best.
Course content and structure:
The course comprises three units:
Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business
This unit explores how small businesses are set up and focuses on the aspects of, spotting a business opportunity, showing enterprise skills, putting a business idea into practice, making the start-up effective and understanding the economic context.
Unit 2 - Controlled Assessment
This unit requires students to utilise their knowledge of Unit 1 to complete a controlled research investigation into a small business of their choice. As well as developing their research skills, analysis and evaluation are key skills in this unit.
Unit 3 - Building a Business
This unit further explores developing a business and focuses on how businesses plan for marketing, meeting customer needs, effective financial management and effective people management. It also studies the wider world affecting business.
All units are entered for examination at the end of Year 11.
Unit 2 is a controlled assessment, completed within lessons in a controlled environment. It contributes 25% to a candidates overall grade.
Unit 1 and Unit 3 are external examinations. Unit 1 comprises of multiple choice questions and contributes 25% to the overall grade. Unit 3 is combination of short and extended writing tasks and contributes 50% to students overall GCSE grade.
All Business Studies students are set an extended piece of home learning each week. Home learning consists of research based activities, case study work as well as examination practice questions.
Students studying Business Studies have a lunchtime support session which they can attend for help with home learning and class work.
A variety of enterprise activities are also run throughout the year to develop students’ entrepreneurial skills.
Students also benefit from guest speakers who have experience in running their own businesses.
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Post-16 options using Business Studies:
GCSE Business Studies prepares students for the subject at A-level. There are also BTECs available in Business at local colleges. Another option is to do an apprenticeship in business, administration and law, where you will get work experience with a company in an area such as administration, management or sales.
Most universities offer degrees in business subjects if you want to study business in higher education. These range from general business studies degrees to more specialist degrees such as business administration or business management. Some universities might offer business degrees as sandwich courses, where you will spend a year working in a business, and you can also study business with another subject such as English as a joint honours degree.
Business Studies can lead to many career paths. The most common paths are:
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