Business Studies

Mr D. Hewitt (HOD)
Mrs K. McDowell

BUSINESS STUDIES is an exciting dynamic course that prepares students for the challenges of the 21st Century by introducing them into the world of business. Whether your aim is to pursue an academic career, train for a profession or become an entrepreneur the necessary knowledge and skills will be provided.

The Aims of our department

THE BUSINESS STUDIES DEPARTMENT aims to:

  • Prepare pupils for adult and working life in helping them to acquire appropriate skills for employment and an aptitude for seeking further knowledge.
  • Help pupils respond effectively to social and economic changes.
  • Help pupils develop skills of collection, analysing and presenting information using a variety of techniques.
  • Equip pupils to use ICT in the business context.
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to experience entrepreneurship through contacts with businesses.
  • Enable pupils to develop communication, decision-making and business skills.

 

Print Email

GSCE Business Studies

THE GCSE SYLLABUS IS DIVIDED INTO FIVE MAIN AREAS:

PRACTICAL BUSINESS STUDIES

Concerned mainly with the development of computerisation and the pupil’s ability to use computers in an appropriate manner.

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE BUSINESS

This is concerned with the relationship we have with bodies such as INVEST NI, Banks etc and the problems faced by business in dealing with such measures as Fair Trading Act, Sale of Goods Act, Equal Opportunities and Fair Employment legislation. There is also an evaluation on the impact of technological change on the workplace.

ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

This area is concerned with looking at the differences between differing forms of business organisation - sole traders, partnerships, private limited companies, public limited companies and the public sector with regard to ownership, control and sharing of profits between differing types of businesses. There are also the areas of:

  1. factors which affect the growth or decline of a business;
  2. how employees are trained, rewarded and appraised etc;
  3. the need for effective and the importance of, communications within a business and between businesses.
BUSINESS BEHAVIOUR

This area is concerned with how and why production takes place, with particular reference to different methods of production - batch, flow production etc. It is also important to develop an understanding of the chain of distribution and the reasons why firms merge and integrate. The major emphasis in this section, however, is Marketing and the important role that it plays in all our lives.

BUSINESS FINANCE

This area of the syllabus is concerned with the pupils being made aware of the sources of finance available to a business when it requires extra money to enable it to expand. There will also be a development of the ability of pupils to be able to look at and interpret simple Profit and Loss Accounts and Balance Sheets. The importance of Cash Budgets and the idea of forward planning is also developed in this area.

COURSEWORK

There is one piece of coursework required to be completed for Business Studies GCSE. This involves a study on a particular aspect of the syllabus of no more than 2000 words in length. Part of the coursework must be completed on the computer. The coursework is worth a maximum of 20% of the total marks for the GCSE exam. It is completed by January in Year 12.

USE OF BUSINESS STUDIES FOR CAREERS

Auctioneer, Banking, Building Society Worker, Buyer, Clerk, Farm Manager, Funeral Director, Hotel Manager, Insurance Work, Personnel Officer, Retail Trade, Sales Rep., Secretary, Teacher, Travel Agent and many more in the world of Business.

Print Email

Business Technology

BUSINESS AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS (Business Technology)

This subject involves knowledge and understanding of aspects of Office Organisation and Environment and of the use of Computers to complete certain Office Applications.

Aspect of Office Organisation and Environment

Within this section of the course students will cover such areas as:

  1. different kinds of office environment - eg open plan and cellular;
  2. the way the working environment may influence work performance;
  3. the importance of Health and Safety issues in the Office Environment;
  4. methods of internal and external recruitment of staff;
  5. interview techniques;
  6. on-the-job and off-the-job training;
  7. wages and salaries.

The major part of the course will be spent covering the computer aspects of the course. These areas are listed below:

  1. Word Processing and Desktop Publishing;
  2. Databases;
  3. Spreadsheets;
  4. Charts;
  5. Graphics
Use of Business Technology for Careers

Business Technology will be most useful for any office based job but it will be of great value in a very wide variety of occupations.

Print Email

ICT

(Short Course)

This course has been set up to enable pupils to study ICT and gain a qualification at GCSE level. It builds on the CCEA ICT Accreditation Scheme at Key Stage 3 and also provides a foundation for pupils who may wish to study ICT at a higher level.

Successful completion of this course means that pupils are exempt form the external test in the Key Skill of Information Technology.

The full range of GCSE grades (A* - G) are available in this subject.

The key subject content in this subject is:

  • Knowledge, Understanding and Skills in communicating, handling information and modelling. This includes use of a web browser, email, word processing, powerpoint and graphics, as well as spreadsheets and databases.
  • Understanding of ICT Systems in everyday life. This includes different types of network (WAN, LAN), online services and electronic monetary processing (ATM).
  • Implications of ICT for Individuals, Organisations and Society. This includes understanding of the impact of ICT on education, employment, home and leisure and knowledge of the 1998 Data Protection Act as well as the 1990 Computer Misuse Act.

There are 4 pieces of coursework required for this subject which account for 60% of the final mark at GCSE.

  1. Produce a booklet/report
  2. Using the internet
  3. School Trip (database)
  4. School Trip (spreadsheet)

Print Email

Location Map

Upcoming Events

30May
09:00 30/05/2017 - 15:30 02/06/2017
16Jun
16/06/2017 09:00 - 15:30
30Jun