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Business Overview

Business as a knowledge base or vocation is key for all students of the future. Developing enterprising young people is vital to the development of our country as they will possess the skills to be able to react, regardless of the economic situation. The subject is so vast it gives students the opportunity to delve into areas of their interest and expertise whilst preparing them for the future of work.

 

Staffing

Mr S. Singh - BA (Hons) Management Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of Business and Enterprise

 

What do we study?

Year 10

Unit 1: Setting up a Business - Students develop the skills and knowledge that is required to set up their own Business. Students relate theoretical knowledge to real life local, national and international businesses in order to evaluate to what extent theory and business in practice intertwine. As a School a strength we possess are the links to Businesses that are local, national and international in order to bring the students educational experience to life. Students are then externally examined in Year 11 on the knowledge that they gain. The exam contributes 20% towards the final GCSE grades of the students.

Unit 4: People in Business - Involves students carrying out a detailed independent project based upon a Business of their choice. Students begin by reviewing the organisational structure of their Business and then identify three job roles that interest them in order to review the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be able to be successful in that role. Students will also research, analyse and evaluate how Businesses motivate their employees. Students will then conclude with an analysis of whether they wish to pursue a future career in one of the three job roles that they investigated based upon the indicative insight they have developed. This Unit contributes 30% towards the students final GCSE grades.

Year 11

Unit 5: Marketing and Customer's Needs - A second detailed independent project based upon a Business of the students choosing. Following the selection of a Business students will identify the needs that the customers of that particular Business have and will measure their current levels of satisfaction. Students will investigate, analyse and evaluate the methods the Business uses to market the Company. Finally students will complete an evaluative report on the levels of customer service levels provided by the Business. This Unit contributes 30% towards the students final GCSE grades.

Unit 7: Business Finance - Students gain practical experience of how Businesses manage their Finances. Students will gain the skills and knowledge required to produce profit and loss accounts, balance sheets, cash flow forecasts, break-even analysis and financial ratios. Students will able to apply their knowledge to recommend specific actions for a variety of Businesses, which would aid them to improve their Finances. Students are then externally examined in Year 11 on the knowledge that they gain. The exam contributes 20% towards the final GCSE grades of the students.

 

Enterprise

The Derby High School has a rich history with Enterprise. The School works with partners which include local, national and international organisations in order to provide students with relevant knowledge and skills of this vital 21st Century subject. Our students have benefited from working with an array of Business Professionals including O2, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Institute of Marketing, and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Students at Year 10 have a unique opportunity to operate their own Business as an extra-curricular option. The project is entirely student-led and they operate as a Limited Company for the academic year taking responsibility for any profits or losses that they make. The students gain practical knowledge of how to develop product ideas, produce products and bring them to market.

 

GCSE Components

60% Controlled Assessment based on Unit 4 and Unit 5

40% External Examination based on unit 1 and Unit 7