Subject vision

The Business Studies department at Hodge Hill Girls School aims to prepare students to have a deeper understanding of the vast, dynamic, and complex business environment that affects the lives of individuals every day. Regardless of the career path students choose, it will involve some interaction with businesses. It is, therefore, essential for them to understand the dynamics of how businesses are set up and organised, the key driving factors and inhibitors that influence the business environment and the impact of these on individuals and the wider society. 
Our Business Studies Curriculum provides a wealth of opportunities and is designed to give students the scope to explore real business issues and how businesses work whilst developing skills that go beyond simply starting their own business. With a combination of teacher led delivery, independent research, team work and presentation activities we aim to enable students to access and engage with the world of business through both practical and theoretical business concepts and prepare students for further study or employment.

Curriculum plan

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10

 

Topics

 

Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

 

1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business

1.1.2 Risk and reward

1.1.3 The role of business enterprise

 

Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

 

1.2.1 Customer needs

1.2.2 Market Research

1.2.3 Market segmentation

1.2.4 The competitive environment

 

 

Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

 

1.3.1 Business aims and objectives

1.3.2 Business revenues, costs and profits

1.3.3 Cash and Cash-flow

1.3.4 Sources of business finance

 

Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

 

1.4.1 The options for a start-up and small business

1.4.2 Business location

1.4.3 The marketing mix

1.4.4 Business plans

 

Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

 

1.5.1 Business stakeholders

1.5.2 Technology and business

1.5.3 Legislation and business

1.5.4 The economy and business

 

Examination Technique

 

  • Exam structure: MCQ’s and practice short answer questions
  • Practice at constructing extended answers for 9 (justify) & 12 (evaluate) mark question

 

 

 

Assessment

 

  • Learning activities/questions in lesson
  • End of topic tests
  • Practice exam questions
  • Autumn term assessment
  • Learning activities/questions in lesson
  • End of topic tests
  • Practice exam questions
  • Spring term assessment
  • Learning activities/questions in lesson
  • End of topic tests
  • Practice exam questions
  • Summer term assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11

 

Topics

 

2.1 Growing the Business

 

2.1.1 Business growth

2.1.2 Changes in business aims and objectives

2.1.3 Business and globalisation

2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business

 

2.2 Making Marketing Decisions

 

2.2.1 Product

2.2.2 Price

2.2.3 Promotion

2.2.4 Place

2.2.5 Using the marketing mix to make business decisions

 

 

 

2.4 Making Financial Decisions

 

2.4.1 Business Calculations

2.4.2 Understanding Business performance

 

 

2.3 Making Operational Decisions

2.3.1 Business Operations

2.3.2 Working with suppliers

2.3.3 Managing Quality

2.3.4 The sales process

 

 

2.5 Making Human Resources Decisions

2.5.1 Organisational structures

2.5.2 Effective recruitment

2.5.3 Effective training and development

2.5.4 Motivation

 

Examination Technique

 

Practice at constructing extended answers for 9 (justify) & 12 (evaluate) mark question

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

 

  • Learning activities/questions in lesson
  • End of topic tests
  • Practice exam questions
  • Mock exam in November

 

  • Learning activities/questions in lesson
  • End of topic tests
  • Practice exam questions
  • Mock exam in February

 

  • Learning activities/questions in lesson
  • End of topic tests
  • Practice exam questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Skills developed across Year 10 and Year 11

 

Problem-solving and decision-making skills relevant to business

 

Analytical and evaluation skills

 

Quantitative skills- calculations in a business context

 

Interpretation and use of quantitative data in business context to support, inform and justify

 

Communication and interpersonal skills

 

Problem-solving and decision-making skills relevant to business

 

Analytical and evaluation skills

 

Quantitative skills- calculations in a business context

 

Interpretation and use of quantitative data in business context to support, inform and justify

 

Communication and interpersonal skills

 

 

Problem-solving and decision-making skills relevant to business

 

Analytical and evaluation skills

 

Quantitative skills- calculations in a business context

 

Interpretation and use of quantitative data in business context to support, inform and justify

 

Communication and interpersonal skills

 

Assessment

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Business is assessed by 100% exam and consists of two externally examined papers to be sat at the end of Year 11. Each of these papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes in length and are 90 marks each. The paper is divided into 3 sections:
Section A: 35 marks
Section B: 30 marks
Section C: 25 marks
Each paper consists of calculations, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Outcomes

Business Studies is a popular subject which is taught in a fully equipped computer suite. Last year 96% of pupils achieved grades 9-1 with 48% of pupils exceeding their target grades.

What next


Business is a successful and popular GCSE subject and leads naturally to A-Level in either Business Studies or Economics. Some students also opt to study BTEC Business Level 3
Careers can include:
•    Business teacher
•    Accountant
•    Marketing representative
•    Recruitment
•    Banking
•    Business Management
•    Administration
•    Entrepreneur
•    Lawyer
•    Journalist


COVID: DUE TO THE SCHOOL CLOSURES BETWEEN MARCH 2020 – JULY 2020 AND ONGOING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SMALL, TEMPORARY ADAPTIONS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM. WE WILL ENDEVOUR TO RETURN TO A NORMAL CURRICULUM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME.