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Business Studies

Subject intent

The Business department at John Ferneley College aims to develop young business people and entrepreneurs who have knowledge on a local, national and international level.  The courses at GCSE Level have developed to include a wider understanding of the legal, political, social and environmental context of business. The external environment is forever changing and evolving. Our intention is that students are developed with knowledge and skills that can be adapted to the future business world.

The specifications we have chosen are aimed at giving students the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. It has been designed with a clear and straightforward structure to enable students to access and engage with the world of business.

There are two pathways available.

AQA GCSE Business Studies is a course that students will be able to show their knowledge and understanding of business concepts through the application of case-studies. 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 your students with a firm foundation for further study

OCR Cambridge National is developed for those students who wish to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of business concepts through a more vocational route. The skills that they will develop through the process of producing a business plan and final business pitch will further develop and enhance their employability skills and provide a foundation for further study.

Both specifications for Business Studies are broad and cover a wide range of topic areas. These include:

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Studies will combine independent research, teamwork, competition and presentation activities. We aim to complement the employability skills that they are developing in other curriculum areas.