Year 9, 10 and 11
Students can choose to study GCSE 9-1 Business (OCR). The GCSE course is assessed entirely through exam at the end of year 11.
The GCSE Business course will introduce students to a whole range of Business concepts, helping them to discover that Business is not just a subject, and they will gain an understanding about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. They will learn about how businesses are organised and the impact that they have on stakeholders. They should be able to answer questions about the best location for a business and whether a business should grow. In students will have the opportunity to develop a practical set of key skills, including problem solving and decision making and interpreting and analysing data.
The course also covers the four functional areas of Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Operations. Throughout this course, students by participating in discussions, completing exam questions and applying their knowledge to given scenario, will be encouraged to develop a practical understanding of Businesses on a Local, National and Global scale.
Students can currently choose between A-level business (AQA) and Level 3 BTEC Business (Edexcel BTEC). Business A Level is assessed entirely by exam. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of all aspects of business activity from the basics of what is a business to management, leadership and decision making, through to assessing strategies and managing change. In year 12, students will develop an understanding of what is business? Managers, leadership and decision making in business and decision making to improve the performance of the functional areas. In year 13, students will develop an understanding of analysing the strategic position of a business, choosing strategic direction, how to pursue strategies and managing strategic change. The A level is assessed across 3 exams totalling 6 hours in length. Each unit carries equal weighting at the selected level.
Level 3 BTEC Business is a vocational course focusing on the world of business. Units of work are and assessment is through a combination of internal and external methods.
Students who study business at any level are encouraged to participate in the annual LIBF Student Investor Challenge. Students who opt for Business in sixth form are also encouraged to take the LIBF Certificate in Finance to complement their studies.