We aim to provide an engaging and dynamic learning experience that challenges students to achieve their potential. In addition, students will develop as independent learners and critical thinkers, gaining skills essential for the world of work, A Level study, or University. Our vast curriculum offering in the subjects of Business and Leisure and Tourism enables students to truly personalise their learning to suit individual needs. The real world application of all our subjects means they offer a broader academic portfolio, are extremely useful for a wide range of careers in both the public and private sector, and also combine well with many other subjects.
AQA GCSE Business Studies
Examination Specification (4130)
Unit 1 – Setting up a business (40% of final grade)
This unit introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages candidates to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.
Areas of study
Unit 2 – Growing as a business (35% of final grade)
This unit builds upon the content of Unit 1, allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises.
Areas of study
Unit 3 - Investigating Business – Controlled assessment (25% of final grade)
This unit is a controlled assessment unit. The work must be each candidate’s own individual response and must be produced under controlled conditions. The students will be set a research task based on one of the topics they have studied and they will have to write a report, recommending improvements to the business they have researched and present their findings in a report.
GCSE Leisure and Tourism
Subject Specification (4840)
Unit 1 – Understanding leisure and tourism destinations (40% of final grade)
Unit 1 is intended to provide candidates with a broad knowledge and understanding of leisure and tourism destinations
Areas of study
Unit 2 – The nature of leisure and tourism – Controlled assessment (60% of final mark)
This is a controlled assessment unit. Candidates undertake an investigation chosen from a menu of three options. The subject content that Unit 2 covers includes
the reasons why people use leisure and tourism facilities and the different types of leisure and tourism organisations that provide products and services for them.
Candidates are able to investigate the rapid pace of change in the UK leisure and tourism industry and the importance of recognising similarities and difference of attitudes and cultures.
They have the opportunity to discover how leisure and tourism organisations operate as businesses, use up-to-date business systems and promote and sell products and services.
Through their work for Unit 2 candidates will learn about the health and safety issues leisure and tourism organisations face and about employment opportunities in the leisure and tourism industries.
AQA A-Level Business Studies (From Sept 2015)
Exam Specification (2130)
Key Learning Focus:
OCR Cambridge Technicals
Subject Specification Website
Business is the heart of the economy, encouraging innovation and creating wealth. Cambridge Technicals offers students the opportunity to explore the world of business with over 35 units across the two levels.
Created in collaboration with leading businesses, the qualifications explore all aspects of the business world including practical activities - ideal for a wide range of learning styles.
Students opting to study this course have two options.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business (Equivalent to 1 A Level)
Students will study six units over a two-year period. The method of assessment for each unit is 100% coursework. Assessment of tasks can take a variety of forms including written reports, presentations, managing events and designing marketing campaigns. The grades that are awarded for this qualification are Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business (Equivalent to 2 A Levels)
Students will study 12 units over a two-year period. The method of assessment for each unit is 100% coursework. Assessment of tasks can take a variety of forms including written reports, presentations, managing events and designing marketing campaigns. The grades that are awarded for this qualification are Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.
Students in the Business Studies department have access to a number of support sessions. There is a booster club every lunch time and in addition there is an A – Level booster class every Friday periods 7 and 8.
Ex-student entrepreneur Serge Fagelman meets a Dragon (September 2013)
Mr.Taylor-Forbes - Head of Department