Business Studies and Economics
BTEC Level 2 Award in Enterprise – Year 10 & 11
Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the different types of enterprise and their ownership, looking at the characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs with reasons for levels of success. Students will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market, as well as explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies. Students will also plan the setting up of a micro-enterprise activity and plan and pitch the idea using their knowledge from all the material covered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business (Year 12 & Year 13)
Students will learn about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
A Level Business Studies
A level in Business encourages students to develop an enthusiasm for studying business, gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts, develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants, understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives, generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues. Studying this subject will also enable students to be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals, as well as acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem-solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis and apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.
A Level Economics
Students should be encouraged to develop a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry. They should have a good knowledge of developments in the UK economy and government policies over the past fifteen years. Students will use apply quantitative and qualitative skills, using a variety of statistical and other data sources to their economic knowledge, including information in the news. Students will acquire a good knowledge of trends and development in the economy, which have taken place over the past fifteen years and also have an awareness of earlier events where this helps to give recent development a longer term perspective.