The aim of the business department is to inform and enthuse about the world of business, to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit and to inspire students to be successful in their future employment.
The aim of travel and tourism is to develop students’ understanding of the movement of people around the globe and the UK through the development of knowledge relating to the industry.
Key Stage 4
Currently the department teach business through the GCSE (9-1) and BTEC Tech Award courses, travel and tourism is currently taught through the BTEC Tech Award and BTEC First Award courses.
The GCSE Business (9-1) course requires students to learn about a variety of business studies topics including finance, human resources, operations, enterprise, business environment and marketing. The students study the course for three years and complete two examinations at the end of Year 11.
The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise is equivalent to one GCSE. The BTEC course requires students to learn about what it is like to be an entrepreneur and is made up of three components. The students complete coursework for the first two components and are required to explore enterprises, the success of entrepreneurs and plan their own enterprise. The final component is an examination which is based on marketing and finance.
The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism is equivalent to one GCSE and is currently taught to Year 9 and 10. Students complete coursework relating to the different businesses in the travel and tourism industry, destinations within the UK and around the world and customer needs in the travel and tourism industry. The examination is on the influences that affect global travel and tourism.
The BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism is equivalent to one GCSE and follows the NQF framework. Year 11 are the final year group studying this qualification. During the course the students learn about the world, the gateways within both the UK and around the world, why people visit destinations, the different types of destinations and customer service within the industry. There are three units of coursework and one examination during the three years of the course.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 Business Studies is offered as an A Level or BTEC National Level 3 course. Both of these courses can be chosen by students who have already studied the subject and those who wish to start in Year 12.
The A Level course requires students to learn about leadership, decision making, aims and objectives, marketing, human resources, finance, operations, managing change and the external influences on businesses. Throughout the course students are expected to learn about local, national and international businesses and are required to take three examinations at the end of Year 13.
The BTEC National Business Studies course follows the RQF framework for Year 12 and 13 and is equivalent to one A Level. Students are required to complete two units of assignments focusing on businesses, how they work, the organisation of business, the impact of external factors and recruitment and selection which are completed during Year 13. The examinations are on marketing and personal and business finance and are completed in Year 12.
Travel & Tourism is taught at KS5 as a BTEC National Level 3 course. The course can be chosen by students who have studied either business studies or geography and those who wish to start in Year 12.
The BTEC National Travel & Tourism course follows the RQF framework and is offered as a one A Level equivalent course. Students are required to complete two units of assignments and two examinations over the two years of the course. The students learn about marketing in the travel and tourism industry and tourist destinations for their coursework. The examinations cover the travel and tourism industry, types of tourism, global destinations, trends in tourism, factors affecting destinations and building itineraries. By the end of Year 13 the students will have completed all of the coursework alongside their two examinations.
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