Subject: Business
Subject Overview:

The aim of the business curriculum is to equip students with appropriate knowledge and
skills to prepare them for a working life as an employee, employer or entrepreneur.

In business learners will explore the principles of business but also how enterprise
affects our everyday lives, regardless of background or chosen career pathway. A
variety of topics, from business activity to finance are studied throughout key stage 4,
which aim to provide learners with practical, real life skills which help to prepare learners
for the next stage of their education or future career pathways.

Key Stage 4
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1:
  • The role of business and entrepreneurship
  • Business aims and objectives
  • Business ownership
  • Business planning
  • Production processes
  • Quality of products
  • The sales process & customer service
  • Consumer law
  • Business location
  • Working with suppliers
Autumn Term 2:
  • Stakeholders in business
  • Business growth
  • The role of the finance function
  • Sources of finance
  • Revenue, costs, profit and loss
Spring Term 1:
  • The role of marketing
  • Market research
  • Market segmentation
  • Revenue, costs, profit and loss
  • Break-even
  • Cash and cash flow
Spring Term 2:
  • The marketing mix
  • The role of human resources
  • Ethical and environmental considerations
  • The economic climate
  • Globalisation
Summer Term 1:
  • Ways of working
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Employment law
  • Organisational structures
  • The independent nature of business
  • Revision
Summer Term 2:
  • Training and development
  • Communication in business
  • Motivation and retention
Personalised Learning Checklist:
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Revision Links for GCSE Course:

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

1. Checking all work and home learning is completed thoroughly with emphasis on detailed explanations and chains of reasoning
2. Ensuring revision is taking place for end of topic tests and end of unit assessments
3. Encourage students to ask for help if they are struggling
4. Encourage students to attend after school revision/catch up sessions
5. Encourage students to complete wider curricular tasks

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Learners will be provided with a ‘Keep Learning’ document that contains a range of activities they could complete that link to business.  This includes books to read, websites and podcasts as well as films and documentaries to watch.  These activities can be used to develop their business acumen and see how business works in the wider world.  There are also opportunities to complete online courses with Future Learn that go beyond our specification.

Learners that engage with extra-curricular activities will earn extra positive points on classcharts .

Additional Information:

If you have a question about the Business curriculum you can use the form below to contact the Business department.

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