There can be few careers where business knowledge would not be useful. Studying Business can lay a foundation of key transferable skills to use in the workplace and make you a valuable asset to firms from any industry.
With a strong knowledge of business theories and concepts, students in this subject can be highly employable in areas such as advertising, banking, finance, personnel management and logistics, in both public and private sectors.
This course provides a broad overview of the economy and how the commercial world operates, and develops key attributes sought by employers such as critical thinking, analytical skills and evaluative judgement as well as numeracy and the ability to research and interpret business data.
This subject is not offered in the Lower School.
GCSE Business Studies is an interesting and relevant course which will give students the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide students with a firm foundation for further study.
Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and business operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.
This subject choice offers a theoretical approach to business, with students gaining awareness and appreciation of theories on motivation, team working, marketing and the economy, as well as learning the principles of different decision-making techniques such as investment appraisal, forecasting, critical path and ratio analysis.
Incorporating skills such as ICT, maths and statistics, students will gain knowledge of how different companies succeed or fail on the basis of marketing, human resource, operations and financial management.
Trips to Visit Businesses
Putting business into a practical context is a very important way of raising student awareness of the relevance of the subject and the importance of the business sector to all our lives. Several trips, revision days, competitions and speakers from industry are arranged each year and are closely linked to the demands of the syllabus and provide an excellent opportunity for our students to network and importantly develop qualities of responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.