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Business Studies

Key Stage 3

In Year 9 students study 'Business Enterprise' and the tools used for financial management including cash flow forecasts. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to research and develop a business idea culminating in the sales of their product.


Key Stage 4

IFS – CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL EDUCATION – LEVEL 2

This qualification is delivered across the academy to support student awareness of the importance of personal financial planning and money management. It is designed to give a thorough understanding of budgeting, pay and taxation etc alongside the products and services provided by the financial institutions such as HP and loans etc. The course explores the implications of debt and the impact of changes in interest rates for example, on personal budgets.

EDEXCEL – FIRST AWARD IN BUSINESS – LEVEL 2 BTEC

This qualification is designed to give students a flexible and predominantly coursework focussed approach to studying a full programme of business studies. This course includes field visits, for example Alton Towers and a programme of applied learning, with case studies and project work supported by guest speakers and student research. An external examination of one of the core units is also taken, which is worth 25% of the final grade.

EDEXCEL- FIRST AWARD IN TRAVEL & TOURISM - LEVEL 2 BTEC

This qualification is constructed to give students a thorough understanding of business studies in the context of the Travel and Tourism industry. This course includes field visits, a programme of applied learning with case studies and project work, based on both the UK and International tourism industry. An external examination is taken, which covers the travel and tourism industry and its economic importance in the UK. This examined element of the course is worth 25% of the final grade.


Key Stage 5

A LEVEL BUSINESS

This qualification is designed to give students a broad academic and practical introduction to business and helps them develop and apply knowledge in a variety of work-related situations. Students will create business plans and become proficient in marketing and financial management skills. They will launch and operate their own enterprise business, in addition to planning and running their own events.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes, including grade B English Language. To be comfortable with the mathematical aspects of this course it is recommended students have grade B in Mathematics at GCSE.

BTEC LEVEL 3 BUSINESS

The course focuses on the vocational and practical aspects of business management, developed through group activity and project based work. This modular course is available in ‘single’, ‘double’ or ‘triple’ options. The course of study is very much ‘hands on’, with the emphasis on individual project and team based working.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to have gained a GCSE grade C in English Language and Maths. Previous study of Business or a related subject, such as travel & tourism, is desirable, but not essential.

A LEVEL TRAVEL & TOURISM (APPLIED)

This course aims to prepare students for a career in the Travel & Tourism industry. The program of study is designed to introduce the theory behind tourism as a business specialism. Alongside this, students gain the practical project management skills associated with the research and implementation of a live travel event and the management of their own excursion and a guided tour.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to have gained a BTEC Merit or GCSE, grade B in Business Studies or a similar related subject such as Geography. Given the focus on written coursework, a grade C in English is a requirement.

BTEC LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN TRAVEL & TOURISM (WITH LEISURE)

This one year program of combined study and work experience is designed to equip students with the ability to either progress onto a level 3 course of study or to move into the Leisure and Tourism industry with a foundation of skill applicable to this industry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to have an active interest in leisure pursuits and show a keen desire to work in the Leisure & Tourism industry. The ability to work with others, research and present work with creativity and good communication skills is also important.