2018 - 2019
Business & ICT
Course Content & Assessment
The Faculty is very proud of its inclusive curriculum and we continue to achieve good or outstanding results. We are also particularly pleased to offer the following:
• Out of classroom learning including numerous visits to, and from, local employers and businesses.
• Promotion of Enterprise and innovation through the curriculum;
• Promoting the use of ICT across the curriculum
Support for the students via after school clubs;
• Individualised learning and assessment for learning;
• On-going improvements to Teaching & Learning and sharing of good practice, ideas and resources through regular department meetings
The GCSE Business qualification is new to QE this year. Delivered by an experienced team of teachers with business experience, it consists of two themes which are assessed in two external exam papers.
Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. Students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.
Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions
In both themes, students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates.
Theme 1: The assessment is 1 hour and 30 minutes (examination)
Questions will relate to the content that appears in Theme 1 and students may draw on underpinning knowledge and understanding developed through Theme 2 as appropriate.
Theme 2: The assessment is 1 hour and 30 minutes (examination).
Questions will relate to the content that appears in Theme 2 and students may draw on underpinning knowledge and understanding developed through Theme 1 as appropriate.
Business has allowed me to explore and understand the world and how businesses operate within it. I have developed test, mathematical and problem solving skills, and learnt in depth the way businesses are run, what they need to achieve and how it is done. It has taught me a great deal and has furthered my independent and group learning skills. With more topics and work to look forward to in the future on the course, I can say I made the right choice.
Harvey Austin –Tudor House
Entry Criteria & Progression
Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Business
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and Maths
Route A: GCSE Grade 6 Mathematics.
This qualification will equip you equally for the world of work or to move on to further education. Careers in engineering or accounting;