Key Stage 3 & 4 Courses
Edexcel BTEC First Business
Students commence this course in year 9. Three 50 minute lessons a week are timetabled for Business Studies and lessons take place in a mix of classroom and computer suites. The BTEC is assessed purely by coursework. Teaching groups are of mixed ability students.
The department arranges annual visits to Cadbury World and Thorpe Park to enable the students to gather information towards their coursework. Visiting speakers also visit the school to provide an insight into the way business organisations operate.
ICT is a major part of the Business Studies curriculum and students are required to produce all their coursework using ICT.
Key Stage 5
Edexcel BTEC National in Business
Eight 50 minute lessons a week are timetabled for this course. Students are taught in a dedicated sixth form Business Studies classroom. Students also have all day access to three sixth form only computer rooms to enable them to carry out research and complete coursework. Laptops are also available for the students use.
Students have the opportunity to undertake educational visits and organise activities to enable them to meet the requirements of their coursework. They are encouraged where appropriate to arrange their own visits to business organisations to gather first hand business information and visiting speakers are arranged by staff members where appropriate.
Edexcel GCE A level in Economics & Business
Four 50 minute lessons a week are timetabled for this course. Students are taught in a dedicated sixth form Business Studies classroom and have all day access to the three sixth form only computer rooms.
All sixth form students are eligible to join the Young Enterprise company at the beginning of the year. The Business Studies Department play a key role in providing information and advice to the 'Directors'.