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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Business Studies

Welcome to the Business Department, part of the Vocational Faculty.  Our department offers BTEC First Award Business (Edexcel), Business GCSE and Economics GCSE (both AQA).  Be believe that our department equips students with the skills they need to function effectively in the workplace, may this be numeracy, analytical skills, how to work in teams or understand their place in an organisation.  Our Department offers different courses for different levels of ability and for those whose preferred learning style is either examinations or continual assessment.

BTEC First Award Business

Units

Summary

Unit 2

By the end of this unit students would have sat an exam about the types of costs that businesses occur, in setting up a business to the on-going daily costs of running the business.

Unit 4

By the end of this unit students would have completed coursework about customer service. They will know how customer service is provided in business and be able to apply appropriate presentation and interpersonal skills in customer service situations

Unit 4

By the end of this unit students will understand and be able to calculate costs, cash flow and breakeven.  They will understand the importance of costs and be able to produce coursework relating all these topics to a small business.

Unit 8

By the end of this unit students will be able to understand the reasons why people work, how business motivate and organised work.  They will have completed coursework about the recruitment and selections process so that they are fully aware of how to apply for a job.

GCSE Business

Topics

Summary

How businesses operate.


 

People in business

By the end of the first unit students will understand all the different types of the small business structures and why firms locate in different areas. They will understand why firms grow, whether growth is always the best option and how this growth can take place.  They will realise that growth is normally driven by the need to be competitive.

By the end of the People unit students will understand how and why people get paid, how staff are motivated and the types of work available.

Finance

By the end of the People unit students will understand how and why people get paid, how staff are motivated and the types of work available.

By the end of the finance unit students will be able to work out a cash flow, know the types of costs a firm experiences and be confident carrying out financial calculations.

Marketing

By the end of this unit students will understand how a small firm prices it products, the effective ways it should advertise its products, where it is best to sell if you are a small business and what products firms need to sell to make a profit.

Production

By the end of this unit students will understand how firms use batch and job production, how firms decide the balance between staff and machinery and how quality is ensured.

Controlled Assessment

Students carry out research and produce a report based on the research to answer the business problem posed by the exam board (this changes yearly)

BTEC National Single award

 

Unit

Summary

 

Unit 1: Exploring Business

Internal assessment. 

 

By the end of this unit students will have produced coursework about different businesses in Bexley – their purpose size etc. They will have applied external influences to a business decision and looked at business environment

 

Unit 2 : Developing a market campaign

A task set and marked by the examination board and completed under supervised conditions. Students will be provided with a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. This unit is worth 70 marks.

By the end of this unit students will have produced coursework about the resources Sainsbury’s need in terms of  finance, staff, machinery and how they are all used together to provide customers with what they want to buy.  

 

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance

Two hour written examination set by the examination board worth 100 marks.

 

By the end of this unit students will have produced coursework about marketing products in a variety of organisations such as M & S, Cadbury and Lucozade. They will have looked at legal issues, how and why firms market their businesses and what influences them. They will also design new products to meet a design brief for a market segment.

 

Unit 23: The English Legal System

Internally assessment.

 

By the end of this unit students will have produced a coursework which will have examine how the English legal system operates to resolve criminal and civil cases and why businesses and individuals may require legal advice and representation.

This will enable students to research current criminal and civil issues and cases, investigating the people involved in the operation of the legal system, and examining the impact of decisions made in court cases on businesses and individuals.