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Garth Hill College

Business Studies

This linear specification course is designed to encourage candidates to consider the practical application of business and economic concepts. The units provide students with the opportunity to explore the theories and concepts in the context of events in the business and economic world. The KS4 specification provides progression for those wishing to continue their studies to KS5 GCE Business. At year 12 we also offer a one year Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration qualification to support students who require a bridging year between GCSE and GCE. 

Subject Lead

  • Miss M Morgan

Year 10 and 11

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA Business Studies – award code 8132

Content

Unit 1 – Business in the real world

Unit 2 – influences on businesses

Unit 3 – Business operations

Unit 4 – Human Resources

Unit 5 - Marketing

Unit 6 - Finance

Learning Journey

Assessment

Unit 1 – Influences of Operations and HRM on Business Activity

  • Written Paper (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 90 marks/50%

Unit 2 – Influences of Marketing and Finance

  • Written Paper (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 90 marks/50%

Home Learning

Home learning is set every fortnight and will take pupils up to one hour to complete. Tasks range from practice questions to independent research and will link closely to the lesson content.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

Parents and carers can encourage pupils to complete home learning and engage with the content.

Parents may find it useful to go onto the useful links below to get a feel for the subject specific content covered during the course.

Prior to exams, parents and carers can encourage pupils to create a revision timetable to ensure revision for both the unit 1 and unit 2 exams is spaced evenly.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Assessment Schedules

Year 10 Assessment Schedule

Year 11 Assessment Schedule

Knowledge Organiser

GCSE Knowledge Organiser

YEAR 12 AND 13

 Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA AS Business Studies – award code 7131

Year 12 Content

Unit 1 – What is Business?

Unit 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making

Unit 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance

Unit 4 –Decision making to improve operational performance

Unit 5 -Decision making to improve financial performance

Unit 6 -Decision making to improve human resource performance

Assessment

AS Business Studies Paper 1

  • Written Paper (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • 80 marks/50%

AS Business Studies Paper 2

  • Written Paper (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • 80 marks/50%

 

 Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA ADV Business Studies – award code 7132

Year 13 Content

In addition to the Year 12 content, students will also study:

Unit 7– Analysing strategic position of a business

Unit 8 – Choosing strategic direction

Unit 9 – Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

Unit 10 –Managing strategic change

 

Assessment

ADV Business Studies Paper 1

  • Written Paper (2 hours)
  • 100 marks/33.3%

ADV Business Studies Paper 2

  • Written Paper (2 hours)
  • 100 marks/33.3%

ADV Business Studies Paper 3

  • Written Paper (2 hours)
  • 100 marks/33.3%

 

Home Learning

Home learning is set regularly throughout the fortnight and will take pupils up to one hour to complete. Tasks range from practice questions to independent research and will link closely to the lesson content.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

Parents and carers can encourage pupils to complete home learning and engage with the content.

Parents may find it useful to go onto the useful links below to get a feel for the subject specific content covered during the course.

Prior to exams, parents and carers can encourage pupils to create a revision timetable to ensure revision exams is spaced evenly.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Year 12 Level 2 Business Administration

This qualification is a full time qualification which is completed alongside resits in GCSE maths and/or English. This qualification gives you an additional 3 GCSEs and is a bridging qualification between GCSE and GCE.  

This qualification is completed in one academic year and requires the completion of 2 on-screen examinations and 5 coursework units. 

 

Exam Board and syllabus code

OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration – award code 05892

Content

Unit 1 – Principles of working in business administration

Unit 2 – Understand the role of an administrator

Unit 3 – Use social media for business purposes

Unit 4 – Provide administrative support

Unit 5 - Follow administrative practices and create procedures

Unit 6 - Communicate in a business environment

Unit 7 - Support the organisation of an event

 

Assessment

All 7 units must achieve at least a pass to achieve the Diploma in Business Administration.

Unit 1 – Principles of working in business administration

  • On-Screen Examination (45 minutes)
  • 40 marks

Unit 2 –Understand the role of an administrator

  • On-Screen Examination (1 hour)
  • 45 marks

Units 3 - 7 - Coursework 

  • Internally assessed coursework units
  • Range of Pass, merit & Distinction tasks to be completed (to pass a unit, all pass tasks must be completed.)

Home Learning

Students should be completing coursework assessment tasks both inside and outside of lessons to ensure successful completion of the qualification. 

How Parents and Carers Can Support

Parents and carers can encourage pupils to complete coursework and engage with the content.

Parents may find it useful to go onto the useful links below to get a feel for the subject specific content covered during the course.

Prior to exams, parents and carers can encourage pupils to create a revision timetable to ensure revision for both the unit 1 and unit 2 exams is spaced evenly.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links