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Year 10

Course title: GCSE Business Studies           Edexcel Business (2009) Specification code:  (2BS01)
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit two externally assessed exams (Unit 1: Introduction to small business and Unit 3:Building a Business)  in the summer of 2018. They will complete one internally assessed Controlled Assessment for Unit 2: Investigating small business.  The Controlled Assessment will begin week commencing 27th March with students typing up their Controlled Assessments by Friday 5th May. They have 6 hours allocated to research and analysis with a further 3 hours allocated to typing up their Controlled Assessment.

Students receive homework on a termly basis and this is completed in their Homework books.

Half term Key content – Unit 1 Introduction to Small  Business
1 (7 weeks)                       Topics covered in lessons and through homework activities:
Understanding Customer Needs
Market Mapping
Competitors and SWOT Analysis
Adding Value
Start- up opportunities and franchising
Business Objectives for a small start up
2 (7 weeks) Topics covered in lessons and through homework activities:
The concept of Enterprise
Entrepreneurial qualities and skills
Estimating costs, revenues and profits
Cash Flow Forecasting
Obtaining Finance
3 (7 weeks)                                   Topics covered in lessons and through homework activities:
Creative thinking
Innovation and Invention
Protecting ideas
Taking a calculated risk
Formulating a business plan
4 (6 weeks) Topics covered in lessons and through homework activities:
Customer Focus
The Marketing Mix
Start up and legal issues
Customer Satisfaction
Recruitment, Selection and training
Parents’ Evening
5 (5 weeks) Controlled Assessment Unit 2 Investigating Small Business
Topics covered in lessons to support Controlled Assessment preparation will be:
Strategies for effective research – Analysing and interpreting research data – Presentation methods – Strategies to select, focus and evaluate data
Students must choose a small, local and independent business to base their Controlled Assessment on. Students will select and focus on one question issued by the exam board to use for their Controlled Assessment project.
6 (7 weeks) Return to Unit 1 Introduction to Small  Business

Topics covered in lessons and through homework activities:
Market supply and demand
Interest rates and external influences on small business
The exchange rate
The Business Cycle
Stakeholders influences

**  Week commencing 19th June: Year 10 exam week **

Year 11

Course title: GCSE Business Studies Exam board: Edexcel Business (2009) Specification code:  (2BS01)
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit two externally assessed exams (Unit 1: Introduction to small business and Unit 3: Building a Business) in the summer of 2017. They will have completed and finalised Unit 2: Investigating a Small Business Controlled Assessment by the end of Year 10. The majority of lessons in Year 11 cover Unit 3 content, building on Year 10 knowledge and understanding. Students receive homework on a termly basis and this is completed in their Homework books.

The Department will be offering a range of After-School sessions to support students with knowledge and understanding, throughout the year.

Half term Key content – Unit 1 Introduction to Small  Business
1 (7 weeks)     Topic 3.1 Marketing: Content covered in lessons and through homework activities:

Marketing and the Marketing Mix
Market Research methods
Product Trial
Repeat Business and Customer loyalty
The Product Life Cycle and Boston Matrix
Branding and Differentiation
Building a Successful Marketing Mix

Topic 3.2 Meeting Customer needs: Content covered in lessons and through homework activities:

The Design Mix
Stock Control / Stock Management systems
Quality

2 (7 weeks) Topic 3.2 Meeting Customer needs (continued) : Content covered in lessons and through homework

Effective Customer Service
Consumer Protection Legislation

Topic 3.3: Effective Financial Management: Content covered in lessons and through homework activities:

Improving Cash Flow
Calculating Break Even
Improving Profitability
Internal and external sources of finance
Financing Growth

Topic 3.4 Effective People Management:  Content covered in lessons and through homework activities:

Organisational Structure
Motivation

MOCK EXAM WEEK 9-16th December 2016

3 (7 weeks) Topic 3.4 Effective People Management (continued)   Content covered in lessons and through homework activities:

Communication
Remuneration of employees

Topic 3.5 The Wider World affecting Business

Business Ethics
Environmental Issues

4 (6 weeks) Topic 3. 5 The Wider World affecting Business Content covered in lessons and through homework activities:

Economic Issues and International Trade
The impact of the government and the EU
Unit 3 Content is fully delivered and emphasis will switch to:
Revision Techniques – Past Paper practice and focus with students on  Exam Technique and effective revision of Unit 1 & Unit 3

5 (5 weeks) Structured Revision and targeted support

Year 12

Course title: Cambridge Technical –  Business Level 3 Extended certificate       Exam board: OCR        Specification code: 05837
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit two external exams at the end of Year 12 and complete three pieces of coursework by the end of year 13.
Half term      Key content
Teacher 1 (JPN) Teacher 2 (WLU)
Unit 1 – The business environment
1

(7 weeks)

Monday 5th Sept-Friday 22nd October

Topic 1 – Understand different types of businesses and their objectives

1.1 different types of business activity, i.e. primary, secondary, tertiary,

1.2 different sectors of operation, i.e. private,  public,  third sector

1.3 different forms of legal business ownership,

1.4 factors which inform business ownership,

1.5 differing business aims and objectives,

Topic 2 – Understand how the functional areas of businesses work together to support the activities of businesses

2.1 key tasks of functional areas of businesses, i.e.  finance  marketing  sales  human resources (HR)  operations management  customer services  business support services  research and development  purchasing/procurement


2.2 how business functions interrelate with other business functions.

Topic 5 Understand the relationship between businesses and stakeholders

5.1 Who the main stakeholders are, i.e.  internal stakeholders  external stakeholders and their objectives

5.2 The ways in which different stakeholder groups attempt to alter business behaviour

17th October data Year 12 collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

Topic 3 – Understand the effect of different organisational structures on how businesses operate

3.1 Different organisational structures, i.e.  flat structures  hierarchical/tall structures  centralised  decentralised  matrix

3.2 Elements of organisational structures, i.e.  division of work  span of control  chain of command

3.3 How the elements of the organisational structures impact on businesses operations, i.e.  communication paths  accountability, authority and responsibility  delegation  empowerment

3.4 The use of organisation charts to show:  elements of the organisational structure and  the status of different levels of job roles.

17th October data Year 12 collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2

(7 weeks)

Monday 31st October-Friday

Topic 6 – Understand the external influences and constraints on businesses and how businesses could respond

6.1 The factors which comprise the external business environment, i.e.  

  • social factors  
  • technological factors
  • economic factors
  • environmental factors  
  • political factors
  • legal factors
  • Ethical factors,
  • competitor factors

6.2 to identify how the external environment can impact on a business and its stakeholders

6.3 how businesses can respond to changes in their external environment

Topic 4 – Be able to use financial information to check the financial health of businesses

4.1 what is meant by the terms:  cost (including fixed and variable costs)  revenue  cash flow  net cash flow  profit  break-even  margin of safety

4.2 how to calculate:  profit/loss  break-even point/output

4.3 how to interpret financial statements, i.e.  an income statement,  a statement of financial position,  a cash flow statement,  a cash flow forecast

Topic 7 – Understand why businesses plan

7.1 why businesses plan.

7.2 Determine appropriate sources of finance for businesses,

7.3 what may be included in a business plan,

9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Topic 8 – Be able to assess the performance of businesses to inform future business activities

8.1 factors affecting the success/failure of a business, i.e.

8.2 how to conduct a S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis

8.3 how to interpret business performance.

9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

3

(7 weeks)

Tuesday 3rd January- Friday 17th February

Unit 2 Working in business
Topic 1 – Understand protocols to be followed when working in business

1.1 The authority protocols.

1.2 The confidentiality protocols.

1.3 The constraints on document content.

1.4 The checking protocols, i.e.  checking of documents  checking of arrangements  implications of poor checking

1.5 The IT security protocols, i.e.  protection of information against unauthorised access  inappropriate use of IT equipment and software

1.6 The employment protocols.
Topic 4 – Be able to prioritise business tasks

4.1 The reasons for prioritising business tasks.

4.2 The factors that influence task prioritisation.

4.3 How to use information to inform prioritisation.

4.4 How to assign priorities and identify appropriate actions to complete tasks in accordance with their priority, i.e.  high priority  medium priority  low priority

4.5 The need to change priorities when necessary, i.e.  change deadline

Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb

Topic 2 – Understand factors that influence the arrangement of business meetings

2.1 The factors that influence meeting arrangements.

2.2 The factors that influence business travel arrangements.

2.3 The factors that influence business accommodation arrangements.
Topic 3 – Be able to use business documents

3.1 The purpose, interpretation and completion of business documents.

3.2 The purpose and interpretation of other business documents.

3.3 How to make payments and the advantages and disadvantages of each payment method.

3.4 The purpose, completion and checking of meeting documentation.

Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb

4

(6 weeks)

Monday 27th Feb-Friday 7th April

Topic 5 – Understand how to communicate effectively with stakeholders

5.1 The characteristics which inform the design of business communications.

5.2 How the characteristics of business communications design impact on the use of resources.
Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)

Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March

Topic 5 – Understand how to communicate effectively with stakeholders

5.3 How and when to use different types of communication.

5.4 How to review business communications to make sure they are fit for purpose.

Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)

Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March

5 (5 weeks)

Monday 24th April – Friday 26th May)

Exam preparation and work on pre-release material

Students sit actual unit 1 and 2 examinations in the May/June examination window

6 (7 weeks)

Monday 5th June-Friday 21st July

Data Drop/Year 12 Reports begin Monday 3rd July

Year 13

Course title: Cambridge Technical in Business Studies            Exam board: OCR                   Specification code: 05329
How will students be assessed?
100% Coursework

 Students will have three assignments to complete in year 13. They are as follows
Unit 5 – Human resources management in business
Unit 6 – Business Accounting
Unit 17 – Understanding health and safety in the workplace

All assignments have equal weighting.

Half term                       Key content
1 (7 weeks) Students will complete their Human resources assignment during this Half term.
They will cover the following topics

  • Human resource planning.
  • Skills and skills audits.
  • Motivation
  • Cooperation of employees.
  • Measuring and managing performance.
2 (7 weeks) Health and Safety in the work place (JPN)

Students will complete this assignment alongside their Financial accounting assignment.

Students will cover the following topics:

  • Legal requirements of a business.
  • Health and safety legislation and regulations.
  • Working conditions.
  • Roles and responsibilities of health and safety personnel.
  • Risk assessment.
Business accounting (WLU)

Students will complete this assignment alongside their health and safety assignment.

Students will cover the following topics:

  • The purpose of accounting.
  • The difference between capital and revenue items of expenditure.
  • Cash flow forecasting.
  • Profit and loss.
  • Balance sheets.
  • Measuring performance through ratio analysis.
3 (7 weeks)
4 (6 weeks)
5 (5 weeks) Work will be externally moderated during this term.