The Business Studies Department at Werneth is experienced, enthusiastic and innovative. Business Studies is delivered at Werneth School by two experienced teachers – Mrs. G Bull (Subject Leader) and Mrs. K Logan (Assistant Head teacher).
Key stage 3
In Year 9 students study a wide range of topics to give them a broad introduction to Business Studies. These include: Business Purpose, Aims and Objectives, Business Ownership, Marketing. This provides students with the foundation knowledge necessary to succeed at Key stage 4.
Students will also complete an enterprise project where they work in teams to come up with new product ideas and decide how they will encourage customers to buy them.
Key stage 4
At KS4 students study GCSE Applied Business. Students explore a number of real life businesses and some of the issues they have to deal with. They may have the opportunity to visit some of these businesses and take part in a range of activities which allow them to put new knowledge and skills into practice.
Brief overview of what will be studied:
2 units of work will be studied:
Unit 1 Investigating how Businesses work – This unit is an investigation into what business enterprise is all about, including how businesses are organised and the roles they play in the organisation.
Unit 2 Financial Records – Students gain experience of some of the financial tools businesses can use to help ensure that they are successful and profitable.
Unit 1 Controlled Assessment 60%
Unit 2 Examination 40%
This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students select two businesses and complete 3 controlled assessments based on the content of the unit.
A 1 hour exam comprising a mixture of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions. This unit is externally assessed.
At both key stages students develop a number of skills:
- communicating and explaining ideas
- thinking creatively and making decisions
- working with numbers to solve business problems
- learning about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks.