September 19, 2018

Business Studies

Business Studies

Aims and Ethos

  • To encourage and develop the ability to see life in an enterprising way
  • To work together collaboratively so as to enhance team skills
  • To develop independence and resilience so that all students are able to take responsibility for their own learning
  • To develop an understanding of different values held by different organisations
  • To encourage positive attitudes towards entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour.
  • To provide enjoyable lessons that stimulates awareness of business.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 we hope to encourage and provide different enterprising opportunities for our students. Through Enrichment Clubs, we aim to run enterprising activities that involve students from year 7, 8 and 9. They will be encouraged to trade by producing/acquiring and selling products. This will show the students the importance of branding, promotion and meeting customer needs which are all topics covered in the BTEC studied at KS4.

Key Stage 4
The BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise is a qualification equivalent to a GCSE that will prepare students for virtually any career by equipping students with financial skills, organisational ability, marketing knowledge and the ability to present ideas clearly. The principles of Enterprise underpin every shop, office and organisation in the UK economy, meaning that students can acquire the skills and knowledge that are valued by employers in every sector.

In year 10 students will examine different enterprises to develop their knowledge and understanding of the different types of enterprise and the skills needed by entrepreneurs.  They will then start to look into selecting an idea for an enterprise that they will plan and pitch to investors.  This work will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.

In year 11 students will build on their research and plans, choosing to work individually or as a small group to run a micro-enterprise activity.  They will develop their skills in operating and reviewing the success of their enterprise.  Finally, students will explore the different promotional methods and financial documents used by enterprises.  They will learn how to identify and target their market as well as monitor and improve the financial performance of an enterprise.

This course is made up of three components:

  • Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises – internally assessed by coursework
  • Component 2 – Planning for and Running an Enterprise – Internally assessed by coursework
  • Component 3 – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise – Externally assessed by written exam

Key Stage 5
Here at DSTC we offer the BTEC National in Business which is assessed via coursework and exam. Students have the opportunity to learn about recruitment, finance and marketing. They will understand the way in which all businesses (big or small) combine these elements in order to achieve their aims and objectives.

Year 12 students will study the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Business – Internally assessed via coursework
  • Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign – Externally assessed via coursework

Year 13 students will study the following units:

  • Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance – Externally assessed via exam
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection – Internally assessed via coursework

We believe in the importance of being able to communicate in a number of ways and make sure students present verbally as part of their studies. In addition written work is also regularly assessed so that students can see how to make further progress.

In addition, the Business Studies department provides a host of extra-curricular activities that boost students’ social, academic and employability skills.  These include regional and national competitions, international study trips and industry workshop visits.