Business Studies

Our approach to the Business Studies curriculum

We aim to provide academic Business Studies education in a challenging, caring and supportive environment. We aim is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of students of the business world and to develop within them an appreciation of the influences and constraints within which businesses work. By acquiring an understanding of these issues and considering them in a national and international context, students will be able to develop their own values and standards. This will better prepare them for the workplace and help them to make informed choices about their future careers.


The department aims to:

  • enable students to appreciate and be critical of the business world, its influences and implications
  • To generate interest, enthusiasm and confidence in the subject, to stimulate curiosity and enjoyment of Business Studies
  • To set high standards for students, to develop a variety of desirable and marketable personal qualities and prepare them for the next step in education or for employment.
     

Our approach to lessons

We foster a positive, supportive and challenging atmosphere in the classroom where we inform and engage students in an ever-changing subject. We provide an environment for all students to succeed; especially those who may need additional time and tutorial guidance to ensure that they reach their full potential.

Department Staff

  • Jordan Angol, Head of Business & Computing, j.angol@fulhamboysschool.org.uk

Curriculum


GCSE - Exam board Pearson Edexcel


The GCSE (9–1) in Business is a linear qualification with a 100% terminal rule.
There are two externally examined units (01 and 02) weighted at 50% each.
Each examined unit consists of an exam paper with a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes. 

Unit 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. In this theme, students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. Local contexts refer specifically to small businesses or those operating in a single UK location and national contexts relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK.

Unit 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. In this theme, students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. National contexts build on those in Theme 1 and relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK. Global contexts relate to non-UK or transnational businesses.

Year 10 curriculum

Unit 1:

  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship 
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity 
  • Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

How the boys will be assessed in Year 10

  • GCSE practice exam papers
  • Final GCSE Assessment

Year 11 curriculum

Unit 2:

  • Topic 2.1 Growing the business
  • Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions
  • Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions
  • Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
  • Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

How the boys will be assessed in Year 11

  • GCSE practice exam papers
  • Final GCSE Assessment

A Level - Exam board Pearson Edexcel


The Pearson Edexcel A Level in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

In Theme 1, students are introduced to the market, explore the marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start up. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Theme 1 in Theme 4, making connections across these two themes in Paper 1, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3. Teaching approaches to content must reflect this. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current business issues. 

In Theme 2, students explore the finance and operations functions, and investigate external influences on business. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Theme 2 in Theme 3, making connections across these two themes in Paper 2, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3. Teaching approaches to content must reflect this. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current business issues. 

In Theme 3, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Theme 2 and explore influences on business strategy and decision-making. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Theme 2 in Theme 3, making connections across these two themes in Paper 2, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3. Teaching approaches to content must reflect this. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current business issues. 

In Theme 4, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Theme 1 and explore business activity in a global context. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Theme 1 in Theme 4, making connections across these two themes in Paper 1, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3. Teaching approaches to content must reflect this. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current business issues. 

Year 12 curriculum

Theme 1: Marketing and people 

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Topic 1.1 Meeting customer needs
  • Topic 1.2 The market
  • Topic 1.3 Marketing mix and strategy
  • Topic 1.4 Managing people
  • Topic 1.5 Entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2: Managing business activities


Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Topic 2.1 Raising finance
  • Topic 2.2 Financial planning
  • Topic 2.3 Managing finance
  • Topic 2.4 Resource management
  • Topic 2.5 External influences

How the boys will be assessed in Year 12

  • A Level practice exam papers
  • Final A Level Assessment

Year 13 curriculum

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Topic 3.1 Business objectives and strategy
  • Topic 3.2 Business growth
  • Topic 3.3 Decision-making techniques
  • Topic 3.4 Influences on business decisions
  • Topic 3.5 Assessing competitiveness
  • Topic 3.6 Managing change

Theme 4: Global business
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Topic 4.1 Globalisation
  • Topic 4.2 Global markets and business expansion
  • Topic 4.3 Global marketing
  • Topic 4.4 Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

How the boys will be assessed in Year 12

  • A Level practice exam papers
  • Final A Level Assessment

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