The aim of the business studies 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
Business Studies is offered as a GCSE course or a BTEC First Level 2 course starting in Year 10. The GCSE Business Studies 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 two years and complete two examinations and a piece of controlled assessment.
The BTEC First Business Studies course follows the new NQF framework and is equivalent to one GCSE. The BTEC course requires students to learn about the four key topics of business: environment, finance, marketing and human resources. Students are required to complete three pieces of coursework and one examination over the course of the two years.
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 enterprise, 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 two examinations at the end of Year 12 and two examinations at the end of Year 13.
The BTEC National Business Studies course follows the QCF framework for Year 12 and 13 moving to the new NQF framework for Year 12 in September 2016. The BTEC course is offered as either a one A Level equivalent course or a two A Level equivalent course. For the one A Level equivalent course students are required to complete six assignments over a two year period with the two A Level equivalent course requiring students to complete twelve assignments over the two year period. The assignments cover a variety of topics including the business environment, finance, marketing, human resources, retail, enterprise, team work and business ethics. Students do not have any external examinations with the end result being based on their coursework.
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 QCF framework and is offered as a one A Level equivalent course. Students are required to complete six assignments over a two year period with three completed in each year of study. The assignments cover a variety of topics including the travel and tourism sector, businesses within the sector, the UK as a destination, long haul travel destinations, customer service and recruitment in the sector. Students do not have any external examinations with the end result being based on their coursework.