Subjects

Business

 

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Mrs K Rodgers (Head of Department), Mrs D Webb (Vice Principal) & Mrs A Magill

  • To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of business and industry (past and present) for the individual, the community and the environment
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils to have equal access to Business Studies and to experience success and enjoyment in their Business Studies work
  • To provide a stimulating, dynamic and challenging learning environment.
  • To enable pupils to see Business Studies in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence.
  • To enable pupils to be able to work independently and as part of a team.

 

The subjects offered by our Department lend themselves to the integration of ICT.  We work in spacious areas consisting of 2 classrooms. Both of our classrooms have a data projector and interactive whiteboard and are fully equipped ICT facilities. The courses at Key Stage 4 and KS5 are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning methods, tailored to the needs of individual classes. These include regular group work and projects.  Pupil progress is closely monitored and reviewed.  Our Department has a strong ethos of maintaining close home-school links, as we strive to ensure that each pupil achieves their personal best.

As a Specialist School in Business Studies and Enterprise with Sport you can be sure that the Business Studies Department has had an exciting start to the academic year!

Overview of the KS3 Curriculum

The Business Studies Department offers an ‘Enterprise in Action’ Taster Event to all Year 10 pupils.  This event is supported by Young Enterprise.  The aim is to allow pupils to experience some of the key themes covered in Business Studies at GCSE level before they make their final subject choices.

Overview of the KS4 Curriculum

We offer two subjects at GCSE level.  These include:

GCSE Applied Business

Course Content

Applied Business is a qualification accredited and awarded by CCEA.
It examines the workings of a business and its relationship with the outside world and is a very useful subject for expanding pupils’ general knowledge, providing excellent preparation for life outside the classroom.
This subject will therefore appeal to pupils who are interested in current issues and finding out what goes on in the world around them.  It is a broad-based subject suited to pupils who display strengths in either mathematical or arts subjects.

Assessment

Type

Weighting

Completion

Controlled Assessment

60%

One Task is completed in Year 11

Two Tasks are completed in Year 12

External Written Exam

40%

Summer Year 12

GCSE Applied Business Subject Information Leaflet

In Year 11 students will be given the opportunity to set up and run their own Mini- Enterprise Company.  This practical and hands-on project allows our students to experience ‘Enterprise in Action’.

In Year 12 we provide students with the opportunity to visit an actual business.  Our annual department visit to the Tayto Factory has been thoroughly enjoyed by all who have attended.

ICT is a fundamental element of this course and you will be encouraged to use it where possible.

Occupational Studies Level 2: Business & Services

Course Content: Business & Services

Occupational Studies, Level 2, is a qualification accredited and awarded by CCEA.

Pupils, on completion of this 2 year course, will receive an award which is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at Grades A* – C (graded Distinction, Merit and Pass).

The world of work is constantly changing.  It is increasingly unlikely that a single occupation will take employees from the beginning to the end of their working lives, so transferability and adaptability are important skills.  This qualification is uniquely structured with this in mind.  Pupils have the opportunity to learn for work, through work and about work, with real outcomes that will give them skills for life.

Assessment

Type

Weighting

Completion

Internal Assessment

(Portfolio)

50%

Summer Year 11

Internal Assessment

(Portfolio)

50%

Summer Year 12

GCSE Occupational Studies Subject Information Leaflet

Business Links

Our Department has built up strong community links with a number of business organisations, all of which support the delivery of our GCSE and A-Level Programmes of Study.  These include:
Tayto                           IKEA
CABLE                       ETC
YENI                          Northern Bank
Tesco                           Eleanor Craig’s

Other Useful Links

The links below are useful websites which students can use to aid their understanding and gain information for their Controlled Assessment/Portfolio Work:
www.ccea.org.uk
www.businessstudiesonline.com
www.bized.ac.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/workinglunch
www.tesco.com
www.timesonline.co.uk
www.tt100.biz

Overview of the KS5 Curriculum

Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business

Course Content

Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business is an A-Level qualification accredited and awarded by AQA.
It is aimed at 16-18 year old learners who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business and/or business related subjects.  This Programme of Study can reasonably be undertaken by students entering this vocational area for the first time; a prior GCSE qualification although desirable, is not essential.
The AQA Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business will give learners the opportunity to learn and understand the fundamental business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills associated with working with a business enterprise.
For those learners who wish their learning to be practical and active, making use of their own business imagination, then the Certificate in Applied Business is a highly relevant qualification.

Programme of Study

Year 13       (AS – Certificate)
·        Unit 1                   Financial Planning & Analysis
(Examination)
·        Unit 2                   Business Dynamics
(Portfolio)
·        Unit 3                   Entrepreneurial Opportunities
(External Assignment)
Year 14       (A2 – Extended Certificate)
·        Unit 4                 Managing & Leading People
(Examination)
·        Unit 5                 Developing a Business Proposal
(Portfolio)
·        Unit 8                Marketing Communications
(Portfolio)

A-Level Subject Information Leaflet

A-Level Subject Information Leaflet

Young Enterprise

This dynamic Company Programme, delivered in conjunction with Young Enterprise NI, allows our Year 13 students to participate in the Young Enterprise ‘Learning by Doing’ experience; a real life business scenario where students set up and run their very own company, attend trade fairs and compete against other schools across Northern Ireland.

This year’s Young Enterprise Company, “This & That”, enjoyed the opportunity to sell at the Christmas Trade Fair at St. George’s Market, Belfast.  The students benefited from the interaction with other traders, the judges and members of the public.

Young Enterprise

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Year 14 student, Erin Tweedie, was recently invited to speak at the “Business Breakfast” in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, hosted by the Ulster Unionist Party.

Link to PDF

Primary School Programme

The Primary School Programme has proved to be a very popular enrichment activity amongst our Year 14 students. Those selected are afforded the opportunity to design lessons and deliver them to local Primary 6 pupils. The students involved in this programme benefit greatly from their new found confidence which enables them to perform better in University entrance interviews. These pupils plan, create and deliver all lessons giving them a taste of life as a teacher. Feedback from our local schools has been very positive with teachers commenting on P6 pupils waiting in anticipation on the arrival of our students.

Primary Programme Photographs

Other Useful Links

The links below are useful websites which Sixth Form students can use to aid their understanding and gain information for their Portfolio Work:

www.aqa.org.uk

www.ikea.com

https://www.facebook.com/ETCCarrick

www.yeni.co.uk

www.tutor2u.net/business/reference

www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/business-studies

https://www.gov.uk/write-business-plan