Business Studies helps students understand more about how and why businesses operate in the way they do.  Students are able to relate what they study to everyday activities, such as purchasing goods and the news reported in the media.

Business Studies can open up a wide range of opportunities for further learning.  As well as developing students’ knowledge and understanding of the world of business, this subject helps students develop a wide range of skills such as: Decision-making, interpreting and managing information, and Devising solutions to problems and issues.

 

Departmental Organisation

The Business Studies Department currently has the following members of staff:

Head of Business: Mr Sean McAteer

Teaching staff

  • Mr Billy Guthrie
  • Mrs Mary Jo O’Carolan 
  • Mrs Stacey Beatty

Aims

  1. To maintain and/or stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Business Studies.
  2. To enable students to be familiar with a body of Business knowledge, principles and vocabulary.
  3. To develop high levels of achievement and academic success in external examinations.
  4.  To enable students to see Business Studies in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  5. To enable students to understand and use business methodologies.
  6. To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as perseverance, politeness, initiative and adaptability.
  7. To enable students to be able to work independently and collaboratively.
  8. o employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of their academic ability) to have equal access to Business and to experience success and enjoyment in their business work.
  9. To develop an awareness in students of the implications of business for the individual, the community and the environment.
  10. To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.

Business Studies Curicculum

Business Studies is an optional subject at Key Stage 4. Students are given a free choice to choose the subject within the limitations of the options programme on offer to all Key Stage 4 students.

GCSE

Students are offered a choice at GCSE level of studying a traditional GCSE course, with the emphasis on two end-of-course examinations (75%)  and a coursework input of (25%), or a Single Applied course where the emphasis is predominately on coursework (60%) and one end of course examination (40%). Both are offered through the CCEA Examination Board.

Post 16

Students are offered three choices at A’ Level. At present all courses are offered through the CCEA Examination Board.

The Traditional A’ Level

This is based on two AS examinations in Year 13 and two A2 examinations in Year 14.  There are no coursework options.  Students are given the opportunity to re-sit their AS examinations at both the Winter and Summer series in Year 14.

Single Applied Business

This is a predominantly coursework based qualification which is recognised as another route towards A’ Level. There are six (6) Units in total for this qualification: AS students must submit two pieces of coursework, internally marked and moderated and then externally moderated, and sit one externally marked examination to fulfil the course requirements. 

To fulfil the course requirements for a full A’ Level, students must submit a further two pieces of coursework and sit a further examination. Again the coursework is internally marked and moderated and then externally moderated.  The examination is externally set, marked and moderated.

Double Applied Business

This qualification is worth two A’ Levels and consists of twelve (12) Units. As with the Single Applied course, it is a predominantly coursework based qualification.  AS students must submit four pieces of coursework, internally marked and moderated and then externally moderated, and sit two externally assessed examinations to fulfil the course requirements in Year 13.  To fulfil the course requirements for the full Double A’ Level, students must submit a further four (4) pieces of coursework and sit a further two (2) examinations in Year 14. Again the coursework is internally marked and moderated and then externally moderated.  The examination is externally set, marked and moderated. Students are given the opportunity to re-sit or re-enter examinations and coursework at later stages of their course.