Business Studies

Introduction

The Business Studies department is committed to providing all students with a solid understanding of the role that Business plays in the modern world.

KS4

Business
In GCSE Business, students have the option to study the AQA GCSE syllabus which enables them to apply their knowledge and understanding to businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. On this course students will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

Enterprise and Marketing
We have recently introduced the OCR Nationals L1/L2 Enterprise and Marketing as a vocational option at KS4. This qualification will prepare students for further study in enterprise, marketing or business by helping them to develop their applied knowledge and practical skills in enterprise and marketing.

KS5

Business
A-level Business is taught through the AQA syllabus.  This course focuses on helping students to become good decision makers, where they learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to enable them to become analytical problem solvers.  These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers and at university.

We have also successfully introduced the OCR Cambridge Technicals in Business as our vocational equivalent to A levels.  These work-related courses prepare students with a range of skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges at Higher Education or employment.

Economics
A-Level Economics is also taught through the AQA syllabus. The course gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics including how individuals make decisions, how markets operate and why they might fail as well as the operations of the national and international economy. The analytical and evaluation skills that students developed on this course will be useful whatever career path or degree they choose in the future.

Law
A-Level Law is also taught through the AQA syllabus. The course includes topics such as the nature of law and the English legal system, private law, public law and legal skills.  The course will help students to think in a very logical way by breaking a problem into its component parts.  In many managerial positions, a basic understanding of law is a distinct advantage and law is a good option for students who wish to take a law, social science or business degree.

Enrichment Activities

Extra-curricular
We are proud to announce that this academic year we will be running a number of afterschool clubs and extra-curricular workshops including a KS3 Enterprise Club and at KS4 a Financial Education Workshop.  We believe that these experiences will enable our students to gain the necessary skills and attributes for entrepreneurship and employability such as taking calculated risks, innovation, financial capability and economic awareness and will enable our students to fully meet the requirements of the national curriculum. Students are encouraged to keep up to date with all current affairs so they can widen their knowledge of real life issues which helps to promote understanding and relate to the work in the classroom.

Trips, guest speakers and conferences
Students have the opportunity to visit various organisations in the local area and nationally such as O2 Telefonica, Cadbury World, British Airways and the Bank of England. Some of our international visits have been to Disneyland Paris, Bruges and Ghent. Guest speakers from well-established businesses and organisations regularly visit our school in order to enrich students’ knowledge and experience by give talks about real life industrial issues. Our A Level students are also given the opportunity to attend conferences in Economics and in Business as well as external grade booster revision workshops such as those by Tutor2U. We have previously hosted a KS4 Enterprise conference in the school and we plan to build on this by developing and running further conferences in Business and Economics.

Competitions and fundraising
Students are encouraged to engage with a range of local and national business and enterprise competitions to enrich their studies and develop their skills and experience. A level Economics students take part each year in the Royal Economic Society or the John Locke Institute Essay writing competitions. This year students will be taking part in Tycoon in Schools, My Money Week and the IEA Budget Challenge.  In the past our enterprising Sixth Form students we have been able to raise over £2000 for various charities.

Teaching Staff

The Business Department consists of six experienced specialist teachers who are experts in the fields of Business, Economics and Law.  Within the department there is a Head of Department, a Deputy Head of Department and four specialist business teachers, two of whom are a Head of Year and a Deputy Head of Year within the Sixth Form. The Business team enjoy working closely together to plan and teach outstanding lessons.

Facilities

Our department is a well resourced department, we have five dedicated classrooms in the main teaching block, four of which are each equipped with twenty computer terminals in each room.  Each classroom is fully equipped with high quality teaching and learning resources, including a range of excellent texts, a Clevertouch Plus screen and a visualiser to enhance lesson quality.  The department is also resourced with sixteen laptops which are bookable on a regular basis and we have five laser printers.

Qualifications

KS4

Qualification

Examining Body

GCSE Business 

AQA

Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Enterprise and Marketing  (equivalent to 1 GCSE)

OCR

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business (equivalent to 1 GCSE)

Pearson

KS5

Qualification

Examining Body

A Level Business

AQA

A Level Economics

AQA

A Level Law

AQA

Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business - Marketing Pathway (equivalent to 2 A Levels)

OCR

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business (equivalent to 2 A Levels)

OCR

 

The Team

Miss S Thomas

Head of Department - suzannie.thomas@slougheton.com

Mrs M Davey

Deputy Head of Department

Ms S Hashmat

Business Teacher

Mrs N Jogoo

Business Teacher

Mr S Sacoor

Business Teacher

Miss F Tayab

Business Teacher