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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College

Business Studies

Business Studies is a popular option choice that is offered at Key Stages 4 and 5.  Students can opt to study either BTEC or GCSE when they are in Years 10 and 11.  At Key Stage 5 the course available is AQA Applied General Business Studies. 

In lessons students will; explore the legal structure of business ownership, look at how production is organised in businesses, examine the recruitment process, investigate marketing and advertising and understand and interpret financial information among many other areas of business. 

 If students opt to study BTEC Business, they will sit one external examination and complete three pieces of written coursework.  The students will focus on existing businesses and have the opportunity to explore and develop their own ideas for a product or service.  GCSE involves one Controlled Assessment and two examinations that will be sat at the end of Year 11.  Students will be assessed throughout the two years and emphasis will be on developing the skills required to analysis and evaluate situations of a business whilst understanding what is happening in the current world of business.

BTEC First in Business Level 1/2

This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE.  The course is split into 4 units - 75% (3 units) is practical based, assessed internally through coursework linked to business scenarios. 25% (1 unit) is assessed through an on-line test, where questions will be a mix of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing.  The practical nature of the course makes it suitable for those who find revising for exams difficult. The course involves elements of ICT whereby assignments are to be produced involving the use of presentation software, word processing, desk top publishing and spreadsheets.  Valuable skills will be learnt here too, to take into the world of work.

Within the 4 units you will learn:

Enterprise in the Business World

Finance for Business

  • How trends and the current business environment may impact on a business.

  • How to plan an idea for a new business.

  • How to present a business model for a start-up business.

  • The costs involved in business and how businesses make a profit.

  • How businesses plan for success.

  • How businesses measure success and identify areas for improvement.

Promoting a Brand

Recruitment, Selection and Employment

  • Explore the use of branding and the promotional mix in business.

  • Develop and promote a brand for business.

  • Know about job roles and functional areas in business.

  • How to produce documents for specific job roles.

  • Demonstrate interview skills and plan career development.


GCSE Business Studies

This course is a more academic approach to business offering a wider range of topics and experiences.  The course is split into 3 units:

  • Marketing and enterprise, assessed through a controlled assignment (25%).

  • Business and People, assessed through 1 hour written paper (25%).

  • Production, finance and the external business environment, assessed through 1½ hour written paper (50%).

    Within the 3 units you will learn:

Marketing and enterprise

Business and people

  • Marketing.

  • Market research and data collection.

  • The marketing mix.

  • Marketing in the wider business environment.

  • Enterprise.

  • Enterprise and the entrepreneur.

  • The business plan.

  • The structure of business activity.

  • The need for business activity.

  • Business ownership, trading organisations, growth and location.

  • The workforces in business.

  • Employment and retention.

  • Organisation and communication.

Production, finance and the external business environment

  • The structure of business activity:

  • The need for business activity.

  • Business ownership, trading organisations, growth and location.

  • Financial information and decision making:

  • Sources of finance.

  • Financial forecasting and analysis.

  • External influences on business activity:

  • The competitive environment.

  • Environmental influences and business ethics.

  • Government and the UK economy.

  • Globalisation and UK business.