Business Studies

Mrs L Greer      Head of Department

What is Business Studies?

Business Studies is a dynamic subject which prepares students for the challenges of the 21st Century by introducing them to the world of business. Although an academic subject, Business Studies is practical, applied and exciting.  Whether your aim is to pursue an academic career, train for a profession or become an entrepreneur the necessary knowledge and skills will be provided.

Aims:

The Business Studies Department aims to:

  • stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Business Studies and related subjects.
  • enable pupils to be familiar with a body of business knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.
  • enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative and independence.
  • enable pupils to be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • build confidence in pupils, encourage success and develop each pupil’s potential to enable those who wish to find employment or proceed to further education may do so.
  • develop ICT skills in Business Studies and Business and Communication Systems.

At Glengormley High school we offer a range of Business related subjects at GCSE and GCE levels.  These subjects include:

  • GCSE Applied Business
  • GCSE Business and Communication Systems
  • GCE Applied Business
  • OCR Cambridge Level 2 Diploma in Business

 

GCE Applied Business

This is a two year course when students with have opportunity to visit and research local businesses, contribute to discussions, prepare and interpret tables and graphs, produce portfolios by using ICT.  Three units will be covered in year 13 and three in year 14.

 

Year 13 AS Units

Unit

Name

Assessment

Weighting

1

 The Enterprising Business

Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment

16 2/3 %

2

The Enterprising Manager

Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment

16 2/3%

3

External Influence on the Business Enterprise

Externally – one 1½ hour externally assessed examination

16 2/3%

Year 14 A2 Units

Unit

Name

Assessment

Weighting

7

Finance

Externally – one 1½ hour externally assessed examination

16 2/3%

9

Enterprise in Practice

Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment

16 2/3%

10

Investing in People

Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment

16 2/3%

OCR Cambridge Level 2 Diploma in Business

This is an exciting new one year course.  There is no external assessment.  All portfolios are assessed internally and moderated. The course provides an ideal foundation for students to progress to more advanced studies and to the workplace.

Topics studied will include:

  • Business Organisation
  • People in Organsiations
  • Marketing
  • Business Communication