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Year 10 Business 2017/2018

Course title:  GCSE Business (9-1) Exam board:  Edexcel Specification code: 1BS0
How will students be assessed?
Students will be assessed in the following ways:

Theme 1: Investigating small business (Paper code: 1BS0/01)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

90 marks

Theme 2: Building a business (Paper code: 1BS0/02)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

90 marks

Both examinations will be taken during the summer term of year 11. 

 

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Theme 1: Investigating small business

Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Students are introduced to the dynamic nature of business in relation to how and why business ideas come about. They also explore the impact of risk and reward on business activity and the role of entrepreneurship.

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

Students will explore how new and small businesses identify opportunities through understanding customer needs and conducting market research. They will also focus on understanding the competition.

3 (5 weeks) Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

This topic focuses on making a business idea happen through identifying aims and objectives and concentrating on the financial aspects.

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

Students will explore a range of factors that impact on the success of the business, including location, the marketing mix and the business plan.

19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Students are introduced to a range of factors, many of which are outside of the immediate control of the business, such as stakeholders, technology, legislation and the economy. Students will explore how businesses respond to these influences.

19 April Parents’ Evening

6 (7 weeks) Theme 2: Building a business

Topic 2.1 Growing the business

Students are introduced to methods of growth and how and why business aims and objectives change as businesses evolve. The impact of globalisation and the ethical and environmental questions facing businesses are explored.

Week commencing 18 June: Year 10 exam week

12 July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 

 Year 11 Business Studies 2017/2018

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 electronically on Google Classroom.

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
1 (7 weeks) Topic 3.1 Marketing:

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:

The Design Mix
Stock Control, Stock Management systems and Quality

25 September Reports Open

16  October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Topic 3.2 Meeting Customer needs (continued) :

Effective Customer Service
Consumer Protection Legislation

Topic 3.3: Effective Financial Management:

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

Topic 3.4 Effective People Management:

Organisational Structure
Motivation

14 December – 20 December  Mock Exams

3 (5 weeks) Topic 3.4 Effective People Management (continued)

Communication
Remuneration of employees

Topic 3.5 The Wider World affecting Business

Business Ethics
Environmental Issues

9 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Topic 3. 5 The Wider World affecting Business

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

22 Feb Parents’ Evening

1 March Parents’ Evening

5 (6 weeks) Structured Revision and targeted support

23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 

Year 12 Business Studies 2017/2018

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
1 (7 weeks) Unit 1: The Business Environment

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.

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.

 16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) 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,

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.

3 (5 weeks) Unit 2: Working in a 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

 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.

 1 Feb  Mock Exams

4 (6 weeks) 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.

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.

 26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

8  March Parents’ Evening

5 (6 weeks)  Exam preparation and work on pre-release material

 11 June Reports Open

27 June – 3 July Exam Week

9 July data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

6 (7 weeks)  Start Unit 4 assignment – Customers and Communication

 

Year 13 Business Studies

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
1 (7 weeks) Students will work on two assignments/themes throughout the academic year.

 Theme 1: Unit 6 Marketing strategy (Mr Nesbitt)

1. Understand the purpose of marketing strategies

1.1 What marketing objectives might typically cover.
1.2 That the role of market segmentation in planning marketing strategies is to understand the target market.
1.3 Different marketing strategies.
1.4 Approaches to marketing.

 Theme 2: Unit 11 Accounting concepts (Mrs Underwood)

1. Understand why businesses keep accurate accounting records

1.1 Purposes of accounting.
1.2 Accounting requirements of various types of business organisations.
1.3 Accounting concepts and policies (e.g. matching, prudence, consistency, materiality).

 18 September UCAS Data Drop

9 October- Reports open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Theme 1: Unit 6 Marketing strategy (Mr Nesbitt)

2. Understand factors influencing marketing strategies.

2.1 Factors influencing marketing strategies.

3. Understand digital marketing.

3.1 Why businesses have digital marketing strategies.

Theme 2: Unit 11 Accounting concepts (Mrs Underwood)

2. Be able to use the accounting equation

2.1 Principle of the accounting equation.
2.2 Calculations using the accounting equation.

3. Be able to prepare the principal documents in business transactions

3.1 Purpose and completion of the principal source documents in business transactions
3.2 The purpose, effect and recording of cash and trade discounts.
3.3 Purpose and preparation of the:

•        purchase day book
•        sales day book
•        returns outwards day book
•        returns inwards day book
•        cash book
•        petty cash book
•        general journal

3.4 How to complete:

•        a three-column cash book
•        a petty cash book
•        a reconciliation of the imprest system

 12 December Parents’  Evening

3 (5 weeks) Theme 1: Unit 6 Marketing strategy (Mr Nesbitt)

4. Know what benefits branding can generate for businesses

4.1 The benefits branding can generate.

 5. Be able to use business tools to propose marketing strategies

5.1 Business tools used in developing marketing strategies.

Theme 2: Unit 11 Accounting concepts (Mrs Underwood)

4. Be able to use basic double entry bookkeeping to prepare a trial balance

4.1 Double entry bookkeeping, i.e.

•        preparing ledger accounts (e.g. assets, liabilities, capital)
•        posting transactions to the ledger accounts
•        balancing ledger accounts and making transfers to final accounts
•        interpreting ledger accounts and their balances

4.2 To recognise the division of the ledger, i.e.

•        sales ledger
•        purchases ledger
•        nominal (general) ledger

4.3 Classification and treatment of:

•        capital expenditure
•        revenue expenditure
•        capital income
•        revenue income

4.4 To prepare a trial balance from balances in a ledger account at a given date. 

5. Be able to reconcile a cash book with a bank statement

5.1 Methods of payment and receipt of money (e.g. cash and alternatives (e.g. contactless, electronic payment methods, mobile payment methods))
5.2 How to update the cash book
5.3 The need for bank reconciliation statements
5.4 How to prepare a bank reconciliation statement, i.e.

•        bank errors
•        uncredited deposits
•        unpresented cheques

5.5 The use and purpose of a bank statement

 1 Feb- 5 Feb Mock exams

4 (6 weeks) Assignment completion and external moderation

 26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Assignment completion and external moderation

 23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)