Business Studies


Student Quotes

“I really enjoy the research aspect to this course. I use a range of resources to produce my work and this has helped me develop my research skills” (Year 13 student)

“I am looking forward to achieving my qualification. My teachers are supportive and inspiring. I am hoping for a career in marketing” (Year 12)

Exam Board

  • OCR – Cambridge Technical Level 3

Entry Requirements

  • A Grade C in GCSE English and a Grade C in GCSE Mathematics

Course Information

This qualification will provide the student with the equivalent of 2 A Levels.

The Cambridge Technicals provide opportunities to develop skills demanded by employers. These Cambridge Technical qualifications offer learners the opportunity for a programme of study to:

  • prepare for further learning or training
  • develop essential knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills in a subject area that interests them with the aim of enhancing their employability
  • move into different areas of employment
  • develop their knowledge and skills as part of their Continual Professional Development (CPD)
  • achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

Learners will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

You will study a total of 12 units. These units will cover aspects of Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, and Operations.

Assessment

Your course is 100% coursework and will assessed throughout the two years. Assessment will take the form of written work, presentations, team activities and role play.

Progression routes from this course

Following your course you will have several options available to you. You may choose to utilise your qualification within employment or an apprenticeship. Alternatively, you may progress to university.

Past students have gone on to complete degree courses in business and related subjects and are now looking forward to their future career.

 

KS5 Vocational Department

Business Studies

 

Year 13 (From September 2015)- OCR Cambridge Level 3 Diploma in Business

This course is the equivalent of 2 A levels’ where students will investigate aspects of the business world which covers all core business functions and helps students to develop the skills demanded by employers in the UK today. With this qualification, students will acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication. The units of study for Year 13 are:

Unit 4 - Business Accounting

In this unit students will investigate the purpose of Accounting and how Accounting is used in the decision making process. Students will create Accounting documents and analyse the performance of a business based on this information.

Unit 5 - Human Resource Planning in Business

This unit provides an overview of some of the key areas that fall within the remit of the human resources function. By the end of this unit students will have an understanding of the factors that are taken into account by organisations when planning their human resource management.

Unit 14 - Managing a Business Event

This unit will help student’s  to understand the role and skills of event planners and to acquire valuable, practical experience in planning, running and reviewing a business event. By undertaking this unit, students will have the opportunity to develop their event organisation skills, understanding the role of the business event organiser and the methods that are used to plan the event, from booking the venue to reviewing the outcomes. They will benefit from reflecting on the results of their event organisation and their own skills, highlighting areas for improvement for use in the future.

Unit 15 - Developing teams in a Business

In this unit, students will experience team working as part of a team. Students will have the opportunity to set up and run a mini enterprise activity. This will help them to prepare for business in whatever sector they choose and to understand the skills and attributes needed for cohesive teams and effective leaders. By running their own enterprise, students will have the experience to relate to and be able to recognise their weaknesses and strengths  and suggest how their team could be more effective.

Unit 13 - Development planning for a career in Business

 

On completion of this unit, students will have assessed their skills and have completed an up-to-date personal development career plan relevant to a career in business. They will have a good understanding of the concept of transferable skills and the importance of continuing professional development.

Unit 20 - Understanding Business Ethics

This unit introduces the concept of business ethics, ethical values and contemporary ethical issues faced by businesses. Ethics are explored from the point of view of the activities that businesses carry out on a daily basis and from the point of view of the stakeholders, of the organisations involved in legislating, regulating and influencing businesses and of society. Students will gain an understanding of the ethical concerns of different types of communities in which businesses operate.

Year 12 (from September 2015)- BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma Business Studies

This qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications that give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.  The units of study for Year 12 are:

Unit 1-The Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to give learners the fundamental knowledge of a range of business organisations, and the many factors that shape the nature of organisations operating in an increasingly complex business world.  One of the aims of this unit is to ‘walk in the shoes’ of owners, stakeholders and managers of organisations. The unit introduce learners to a range of business activities. They will consider the purposes of different organisations and the influence of stakeholders and how businesses organise themselves through strategic planning and organisational structures.

Unit 2- Business Resources

The aim of this unit is to develop learner knowledge of the range of human, physical, technological and financial resources required in an organisation, and how the management of these resources can impact on business performance. At the core of every organisation are the human, physical, technological and financial resources that enable it to function. This unit will give learners a broad understanding of the importance organisations place on managing their resources efficiently in order to achieve their objectives. It is important that learners are able to relate their understanding of resource management to a real organisation. This will provide an essential link between theory and practice.

Unit 3- Introduction to Marketing

This unit will develop the knowledge necessary to understand key concepts of the marketing mix, marketing planning and marketing research. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the marketing function, with particular emphasis on the role of marketing research and how it contributes to marketing planning of large businesses such as McDonalds and Cadbury’s.

Unit 4 - Business Accounting

In this unit students will investigate the purpose of Accounting and how Accounting is used in the decision making process. Students will create Accounting documents and analyse the performance of a business based on this information.

Unit 10 - Market Research in Business

Market research is the process by which organisations obtain the information which they require and there are many methods that can be used. This unit explores when, how and why different research methods are chosen and how this can inform the different actions that a business can take as a result of this research. For this unit, students will investigate how market research has been undertaken by the school and suggest how market research could be used in the future.

Unit 13 - Recruitment and Selection in Business

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the process that a business has to go through when recruiting staff. As part of this unit, students will prepare documents necessary to help select the right person for the job and plan to take part in a selection interview. They will have a develop an understanding of the legislation surrounding recruitment and selection and be able to explain how these laws affect a business.

Unit 19- Developing teams in Business

In this unit, students will experience team working as part of a team. Students will have the opportunity to set up and run a mini enterprise activity. This will help them to prepare for business in whatever sector they choose and to understand the skills and attributes needed for cohesive teams and effective leaders. By running their own enterprise, students will have the experience to relate to and be able to recognise their weaknesses and strengths  and suggest how their team could be more effective.

Unit 24- Aspects of Criminal Law relating to Business

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the operation of the criminal law as it applies to businesses. Learners will apply the law to business situations. This unit considers aspects of criminal law which affect businesses and employees. The general principles of a guilty act (actus reus) and guilty mind (mens rea) are needed for many crimes, but there are numerous offences of strict liability that are committed without any mental element. However, they can have a significant effect on a business, not just as a result of fines and other sanctions but also in the negative publicity that convictions bring.

Unit 32- Food retailing

This unit looks at the size and structure of the food retailing business and the vast range of products available in this sector. The unit will explain how the consumer market influences food retailers and the need to provide first class service in an environment where corporate social responsibility is of primary importance. Learners will also develop an understanding of how the types of retail food store operating today are a response to a variety of factors, such as changing customer needs and expectations, social and working patterns, globalisation and technology. Learners will also explore the key elements of successful food retailing, in particular meeting customer needs and expectations.

 

OCR A level Accounts

 

Accountancy is a popular course for students who are interested in numbers. This course is wholly assessed by examination.

Year 12- F011 - Accounting Principles

In this unit, some of the areas students will study include:

•The role of Accounting

•The double-entry book keeping system

•Bad debts and doubtful debts

•Final accounts for a sole trader

Year 12- F012 - Accounting Applications

In this unit, some of the areas students will study include:

•Correction of errors

•Final accounts for Partnerships

•Final accounts for clubs and societies

•Calculation and interpretation of ratios.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 13 - F013 - Company Accounts and Interpretation

 

In this unit, some of the areas students will study include:

•The preparation of final accounts for limited companies for internal and external use.

•Cash flow statements

•Types of finance

•The role of Accounting standards.

Year 13 - F014 - Management Accounting.

In this unit, some of the areas students will study include:

•The purpose of budgeting

•Standard costing and variance analysis

•Costing and decision making

•Stock and stock management