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St Peter's
Catholic School

Business Studies

Mrs C Thomas

Head of Department and BTEC Quality Nominee

The Team

Mrs H Dabb Teacher of Economics and Business
Mr M Ebenezer Teacher of Economics and Business

Introduction to the Department

In the Business and Vocational Department, we aim to tailor to individuals learning needs. With a varied number of courses and styles of learning we aim to match the student’s skills, abilities academic and professional targets to the courses they choose.

Key Stage 4 Information

In addition to the range of courses that we offer, all courses have an element of enterprise to encourage all students to add a business context to their studies. This is carried out via varies enterprise activities and professional qualifications during the duration of their courses.

Courses offered:

  • AQA GCSE Business Studies
  • Edexcel BTEC First Business Enterprise
  • Edexcel BTEC First Health and Social Care
  • Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)

GCSE Business Studies

Students who opt to take GCSE Business have five lessons each fortnight.

Students will study the following units:

  • Business in the real world – how do businesses start, why do they decide to sell and where do they decide to do it?
  • Influences on business – how different stakeholders can influence business in its decision making?
  • Business operations – how do businesses decide the method with which to produce products, how do they keep an eye on the amount produced and the consistence of quality? Do they produce in the UK or go elsewhere?
  • Human resources – how do businesses recruit the right people? How do they keep them motivated and how do they pay them or get rid of them?
  • Marketing – how do businesses increase the sales of your product, how do businesses research the market, find a market and persuade their market to buy from them and not the competition?
  • Finance – where do businesses get their money from to start up, expand, pay their staff and buy resources? What happens if they run out of money?

Assessment will be via two 1 hour 45 min papers with 50% weighting each (there is no coursework element to this subject)

The exam board is AQA.

Further information:

BTEC First Award: Business Enterprise

Students who opt for Business Enterprise will take the BTEC First AWARD and have five lessons each fortnight.

Students will study the following units:

  • Enterprise in the business world – where they will be required to develop a business model on their own business idea.
  • Finance for business – external examination covering the essentials for young business entrepreneurs.
  • Promoting a brand – investigating why brands can make or break a business and then developing their own branding for a product.
  • Recruitment and selection procedures – vital skills to put you one step ahead of the competition.

The BTEC structure allows students to complete the majority of the course through coursework and controlled assessment with a smaller percentage of the course externally examined.

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The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a nationally recognised qualification outcome of the ASDAN programmes. The qualifications offer imaginative ways of accrediting young people's activities. They promote, and allow centres to record, a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.

Students who opt for CoPE will receive five lessons each fortnight.

Students will study the following units:

  • Introduction to working with others
  • Introduction to improving own learning and performance
  • Introduction to problem solving
  • Planning and carrying out a piece of research
  • Communicating through discussion
  • Planning and giving an oral presentation

Candidates must complete all units to achieve the qualification. Candidates who do not achieve the full qualification requirements of 6 units will receive certification for those units which they have successfully completed.

Completion of the qualification involves three main strands:

  • Taking responsibility for planning, organising and carrying out a number of activities, or challenges, and evidencing this work in a portfolio
  • Developing and evidencing the skills represented by the CoPE assessment units
  • Completing skill-specific evidence records using ASDAN documentation

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