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13/12/18

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Final annual review for our year 11s today. Incredibly proud of their progress and hard work. Hope all their efforts pay off. Lovely to receive this from parents. Good luck to them all https://t.co/ygLpJmZDYZ

12/12/18

We're looking forward to welcoming our Year 9 parents and carers from 4pm today for .

11/12/18

If your child requires additional support for learning, please join us for a coffee and a mince pie tomorrow morning. RSVP jo.markland.org.uk. https://t.co/lfenolbcUF

05/12/18

Christmas Lunch will be served on Monday 17 December. Booking forms and further info can be found on our website:-https://t.co/PTIM3wAX0q https://t.co/NmDMpvaYhw

04/12/18

Our Year 11 students were given a well earned break from their exams this morning to enjoy a fantastic performance of A Christmas Carol by touring theatre group .

04/12/18

Does your son/daughter require additional support for learning? If so; please join us at our Coffee Morning on Wednesday 12 December 9.00-11.00 am. RSVP jo.markland.org.uk https://t.co/d4yK1wQ5to

29/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A fantastic win for Y11 Netball Team! Some excellent interceptions & great team work in a fast paced game! Thank you to for coming over to us and congratulations to Immy C who was nominated as POM! 👏🏻👏🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/1PWgCsmguU

29/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

students benefitting from the excellent new facilities A fantastic opportunity for our Y11 core PE students to access the gym and de-stress, especially during their PPEs! https://t.co/NwTl9qAejz

28/11/18

Our Year 9 students are invited to apply now for the highly anticipated DofE Bronze Award. Application forms can be found on our website:-https://t.co/6zB1G3rgVM. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity, spaces are limited. https://t.co/3hHps3l4jg

27/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The year 7 rugby team beat in a close match. Well done to all the boys who played! 🏉

22/11/18

Don't forget tomorrow (Friday 23rd) is an INSET day for de Stafford. We hope our students enjoy their long weekend and we look forward to seeing them all on Monday at 8:30am.

20/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Some great Netball on display tonight! A win for Y8s & a fast paced game for Y9 resulting in a win for 👏🏻 fantastic sportsmanship all round & well done to POMs Mel & Lucy!

15/11/18

Thank you our Year 10 students (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed the performance this morning. https://t.co/uq471J6HIr

14/11/18

Retweeted From CaterhamRotary

Well done to school in winning the debating event and to all the students and teachers involved. A really great school! https://t.co/UTR7RDCEuf

13/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The Y11 Boys team put in some great runs at District X-Country today. Well done to Ross Staton who finished 11th! 🏃‍♂️ Thanks for hosting https://t.co/wW1dCZv36A

13/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic performance from the Boys Y7 and Y8 teams at District X-Country today! Well done to all the boys who ran today 🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/UP3vH8McVq

13/11/18

Lovely to see him acting as such a great ambassador for the school. Well done! https://t.co/yHtSqFBpOO

13/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A fantastic effort from our Y7 A/B & Y8 Netball teams against today! Some fast pace games, with lots to work on but a great team effort! Well done to POMs Carla, Beatrice & Amelia! 💪🏻

08/11/18

Retweeted From LiamHCollins

Very honoured to have been a judge debating competition with teams from and ...many congratulations to for winning through a very strong field

08/11/18

Retweeted From RE_Teacher_Papworth

Huge well done to everyone who took part in the second GLF Debating competition! Amazing to come together and see such talent amongst the students. Well done for reaching the final and massive well done for winning the competition!

Head of Department: Maura Cronin
email: maura.cronin@destafford.org.uk

Overview

Business GCSE is an interesting, engaging and relevant course for all students who are interested in how the real world works. Students of our GCSE in Business will take a critical approach to business and economics, focusing on topics such as building a business, business communications, and the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable. It is seen as a pathway to A-Level Business but also as a good basis for economics and politics A-Levels.

GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:

  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

This course is weighted towards exams with: Exams - 75%; Coursework - 25%.

External Examinations

There are two exams, Unit 1 and Unit 3.

Unit 1 covers the topics of spotting a business opportunity, showing enterprise, putting a business idea into practice, making the start-up effective and understanding the economic context. It is a 45-minute multiple-choice exam which most students find well-within their capabilities. This is wholly covered in Year 10 (Autumn and Spring Terms).

Unit 3 is a more in-depth unit and covers the topics of marketing, meeting customer needs, effective financial management, effective people management and the wider world affecting business. Students will be asked to learn to think critically and to put their thoughts into context. They will be required to read, watch and listen to the news and will be asked to keep up to date with what international, national and local businesses are doing. Unit 3 is a 90-minute exam with some multiple-choice but mostly extended answer questions. This wholly covered in Year 11 (Autumn and Spring Terms).

Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 is the controlled assessment unit and is completed under very strict requirements. Students will be allowed to do a practice run, gaining skills in research, interviewing, questionnaire-building and in-depth, data-supported analysis.

For the real controlled assessment, student will have to go out into the business community and interview real business leaders, then return, armed with data to analyse, to write up their final piece. Despite the tight, 9-hour strictures placed on this unit, (6 hours research and 3 hours write-up) we always get really excellent results from our students on this paper. We also gain great support from the local community who are the targets and focus of the business research and analysis. All our local business contacts offer their services year after year to support this process. This is wholly covered in Year 10 (Summer Term).

Programme of Study

Year 10

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Unit 1  - Introduction to Small Business
Spring 1 Spring 2
Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business Revision and Mocks for Unit 1
Summer 1 Summer 2
Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business Practice Unit 2 - Controlled Assessment

Year 11

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Unit 3 - Building a Business Revision and Mocks for Unit 3
Spring 1 Spring 2
Unit 3 - Building a Business Exam revision for both Unit 1 and Unit 3
Summer 1 Summer 2
Final Revision before Exams Exams

 

Extended Learning

Extended learning is set throughout the course on a weekly basis. Usually this will involve reading, watching or listening to the news and bringing in examples of national, international and local business news in context for the topic being covered. This will be included in exercise books in class then marked. There are various tasks and exercises given to extend learning and also test revision.

Curriculum Enrichment

Students will directly interact with a business leader during the Controlled Assessment unit and will also run footfall surveys and questionnaires out in the community. We also run a very successful Business Day, where the whole day is spent creating a product, a brand, some advertising and then selling it in front of a further set of our local business leaders in school. This is a very exciting day and well-received by all.