Curriculum

Exam Boards

KS4 Year 10 – Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business

KS4 – Year 11 – AQA GCSE (9-1) Business

KS5 – AQA L3 Applied Extended Certificate in Business

KS5 – Enrichment L3 London Institute of Banking & Finance

Key Curriculum Priorities

Students are encouraged to -

Know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society

Apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts

Develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems

Develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds

Use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements

Investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth and understanding of business

Develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data.

Teaching & Learning

KS4 –Year 9 & 10 Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business

 

Theme 1: Investigating Small Business (50%)

Theme 2: Building a Business (50%)

Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Topic 2.1 Growing the business

Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions

Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions

Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions

Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Overview of assessment

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, 90 marks

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions

Overview of assessment

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, 90 marks

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.

KS4 –Year 11 AQA GCSE (9-1) Business

 

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity (50%)

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (50%)

Chapter 1: Business in the real world

Chapter 1: Business in the real world

Chapter 2: Influences on business

Chapter 2: Influences on business

Chapter 3: Business operations

Chapter 5: Marketing

Chapter 4: Human resources

Chapter 6: Finance

Overview of assessment

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks

Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Overview of assessment

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks

Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

KS5 – AQA L3 Applied Extended Certificate in Business

This Advanced Level course offers students a varied, entertaining and demanding two years. The course enables students to focus on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world. It provides them with opportunities for research into topical business issues and to follow business developments.

Students will gain an insight into different contexts, which will help them to understand the key issues and to think critically when analysing business situations.

The Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business consists of three mandatory units (units 1–3 below).

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business consists of six units (the Certificate units 1-3, plus units 4, 5 and one from units 6, 7 and 8 below).

Year 12 – 50%

Year 13 – 50%

Unit 1: Financial planning and analysis (External Examination)

Financial issues enterprises need to consider. Learners explore ways enterprises can be owned and financed. Learners will need to understand the issues that enterprises face concerning cashflow and be able to calculate profit, break-even and cash-flow. They will use this information along with final accounts and market information to make business decisions.

The examination will last 1 hour 30 minutes (60 Marks).

Section A is worth 40 marks and consists of relatively short questions based on the whole of the specification for this unit. Section B is worth 20 marks and focuses on a single, larger question.

Unit 4: Managing and Leading People (External Examination)

Learners explore how organisation operate in a changing environment and use managers and employees to achieve objectives. They study the importance of leadership, how employees and managers interact in the workplace and the impact of different organisational structures on managers and employees.

The examination will last 1 hour 30 minutes (60 Marks).

Section A is worth 40 marks and consists of relatively short questions based on the whole of the specification for this unit. Section B is worth 20 marks and focuses on a single, larger question.

Unit 2: Business Dynamics (Internally Assessed)

Human, physical and financial resources are essential for the success of business organisations. Learners will investigate factors contributing to the success of businesses, focussing on the role of managers, supervisors and employees. They will consider how businesses organise themselves and will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational structures.

Unit 5: Developing a Business Proposal (Internally Assessed)

 

 

Learners investigate the processes required to develop, present and evaluate a business proposal. The business proposal will require human resources beyond those provided by the learner. Learners will develop a concise proposal and present this to funding providers.

Unit 3: Entrepreneurial opportunities (Externally Assessed)

Learners develop an understanding of entrepreneurial opportunities and investigate how individuals can exploit these through personal enterprise, eg offering a service. They will consider opportunities for their own personal enterprise, a given context and propose marketing and operations activities to take advantage of the entrepreneurial opportunity.

 

Unit 8: Marketing Communications (Internally Assessed)

 

Learners investigate the use of marketing communications by small businesses, develop a marketing communications mix for the business proposal and recommend a marketing communications schedule.

KS5 – London Institute of Banking & Finance L3 Certificate in Financial Studies

The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) is primarily designed for students aged 16–19 and provides a comprehensive introduction to personal finance. The CeFS provides a solid basis for creating financial inclusion, by exploring social-economic trends and their relationship with an individual’s circumstances and attitudes. This qualification serves as an excellent grounding for undergraduate study within finance and business-related disciplines, with many students going on to study accounting, business, finance and banking.

Year 12 – 100%

Unit 1: Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term (15 credits)

Unit 2: Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term (15 credits)

Topic 1: Purposes of money

Topic 1: Needs, wants and aspirations

Topic 2: The personal life cycle

Topic 2: Savings and investment products

Topic 3: Payment methods

Topic 3: Borrowing Products

Topic 4:Everyday Banking

Topic 4:Dealing with long-term risks

Topic 5: Savings products

Topic 5: Financial Planning

Topic 6: Borrowing products

Topic 6: Financial Planning and informed choices

Topic 7: Providers

Topic 7: Dealing with unforseen events

Topic 8: Consumer Protection

Topic 8: Ethics and sustainability

Topic 9: Budgets and forecasts

Topic 9: Sources of information and advice

Topic 10: Dealing with unexpected events

Topic 10: Making an informed choice

Topic 11: Dealing with debt

 

Topic 12: Earnings

 

Overview of assessment

All components and units are mandatory. Both units will be assessed by e-test / written paper made up of the following components:

(Part A) multiple-choice questions: 35 x 1 mark for each correct answer (total marks: 35 / 100);

(Part B) a written examination based on a pre-released case study requiring essay responses to 5 questions (total marks: 60 / 100); and spelling, punctuation and grammar to be marked through the essay responses (total mark 5 / 100).

Extra Curricular

Visits and Events

Educational visits are an integral part of any Business Studies course. They allow students to gain a real life experience of the concepts studied in the classroom. At HWGA, we endeavour to provide students with varied opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of topics explored. The purpose of these visits enables students to fully develop their application, analysis and evaluative skills: essential in all elements of written work and examination answers to achieve success at a high level.

Visits have included :-

Year 9 – Autumn 1 Study of local businesses

Year 10 – Summer 1 West Midlands Safari Park

Year 11 Spring 1 – Amazon Fulfilment Centre

Year 12/13 Autumn 2/Spring 1– City of London Financial District Walking Tour & Excursions

Educational visits to business districts in Europe & New York are currently being investigated for future consideration.

Enrichment & Competitions

Business and Economic activities outside the classroom provide students across all Key Stages a fantastic prospect to develop essential life and employability skills. By being creative risk takers they are able to follow structured programmes that allow them to put their innovative ideas into action as real entrepreneurs. Various enterprise challenges/projects are available that provide students a channel to apply and showcase their business interests. At HWGA the following opportunities are currently available:-

Y9 & Y10 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

Y9 & Y10 Tenner Challenge

Y10 Citizenship Day Business Enterprise Challenge – Perfume Project

KS3 HWGA Business Buddies Club

Homework & Assessment

Students will be set homework on a weekly basis which will be posted onto the VLE- Firefly for parents to track. Similar to the diverse range of learning activities complete during the lessons, a variety of tasks will also be set for homework and assessment to develop students’ knowledge of the subject, a range of exam techniques and skills essential useful for the work of world.