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Business Studies Subject Overview

Statement of intent

Business Studies at St Mary’s is a very popular and successful subject. Business Studies is one of the most interesting, relevant and varied subjects available. Business is all around us and we are all consumers who are impacted by business or government decisions. The Business curriculum is designed to inspire students, leading them to discover, question and understand businesses, both in the present day and the future. Business students might see the path into employment, entrepreneurship or further study from the creative and informative learning journey they undertake. Newspaper and television headlines offer continual reminders of how important the business world is to us all. In recent years much attention has been directed to issues such as fair trade, business ethics, global warming and the credit crunch. Television programmes like “The Apprentice” and “Dragons’ Den” show how exciting it can be to be involved in business.

This course really provides a close look at how business works. By working closely with local businesses such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Merlin Group, students are able to see for themselves the challenges and opportunities that businesses face. The course is modular with 5 units. Two of the 5 units are examined and the rest are assessed externally through portfolio work.

Our aims are:

  • To develop the entrepreneurial and enterprise skills of our students
  • To provide a practical insight into the world of business
  • To equip our students with the necessary skills and qualifications to succeed in later life

Curriculum Map

Year 12 Overview

The course is split into two units. Unit 1 is externally assessed; Unit 5 is internally assessed. Where time permits, we start another external unit, Unit 17. Students will also have the opportunity to resist Unit 1 in the Summer exam session.
  • Autumn
    Unit 1 – The Business Environment
  • Lent
    Unit 5 - Marketing and Market Research
  • Summer
    Unit 17 - Responsible Business Practice

Year 13 Overview

The course is split into three units. Unit 2 is externally assessed in January and Unit 4 is internally assessed. If necessary students will complete Unit 17 although this should be done in the summer term of Year 12. Students will also have the opportunity to resit and complete externally assessed units in the Summer exam session.
  • Autumn

    Unit 2 – Working in Business
    Unit 4 – Customers and Communication Unit 5

  • Lent
    Unit 4 – Customers and Communication
  • Summer
    Moderation of work

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