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12/04/19

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Well done to ⁦⁩ students at the DofE training day today, lots achieved learning campcraft in preparation for the expeditions! 👨🏼‍🍳⛺️ https://t.co/jaCyTYLTob

09/04/19

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Following the success of the practice day walk at Newlands Corner we are looking forward to seeing ⁦⁩ students develop their campcraft skills at the training day this Friday 12th April (9:00-12:00)! Please check SMHW for details ⛺️ 👨🏼‍🍳 https://t.co/QyHGsWEwDz

07/04/19

The Naples trip has just landed, however we will need to collect our baggage as it was put in hold! ✈️🧳

07/04/19

Boarding and all on time at this point! A fantastic few days in Naples, Sorrento and Capri and the students have been absolutely amazing throughout! ✈️ https://t.co/PHwyhFhcoq

07/04/19

Taking in the views on our last morning in Sorrento! ☀️🌋 📸 https://t.co/1vhaB5BX90

06/04/19

A lovely afternoon learning what you can do with a lemon! Thank you I Giardini di Cataldo for allowing us to taste some amazing drinks, cakes and jams 😋 https://t.co/fnPBiSRyzH

06/04/19

Team photo before exploring Capri! https://t.co/BNnttW2M8c

06/04/19

Setting off on a boat trip around Capri to see the coastal geography! 🛥☀️ https://t.co/AHpQm0IYqZ

05/04/19

Mr Starke doing his thing at the top of Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/1GfgEF6qi9

05/04/19

A reminder to parents/carers that the school will close at 1:40pm today and students return on Tuesday 23 April (week 2 timetable). Read all about this half term in our latest newsletter here: https://t.co/dfq5fAfUdO. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/SD03Ftnppy

05/04/19

The sun is out as we start the climb up Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/q6tBbOcAaV

04/04/19

A fantastic first day on the Naples trip, an underground tour and an insight into Roman life in Herculaneum where the eruption preserved the town 🌋 https://t.co/8pQK3kVhsd

04/04/19

The sun is starting to come out as the students take a tour of Herculaneum where just 1/5 of the city has been excavated https://t.co/APVGlk8E2a

04/04/19

Congratulations to Odin Jeffrey-Dyer, Lucy Vella and Katie Conway, our award winners in the Prix de la Paix essay writing competition. They can be seen here receiving their prizes from Rotary Club members Geraint Jenkins and Dr. David Beckitt. https://t.co/llPLCkOrzV

04/04/19

We are on our way! ✈️ A slight delay but all in good spirits and ready to go! https://t.co/BkKcZG2Gm2

03/04/19

Retweeted From Dayspace

Another fab assembly school. Thanks to yr 9/10 for listening & helping us to create a more inclusive community. Remember "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences" https://t.co/oBFIEaeTke

03/04/19

Year 11: Don't forget to book your ticket to the Prom! Payment can be made online or via the Finance Office https://t.co/V8EXzXEuxX https://t.co/724SUllsGa

02/04/19

Well done to the Year 7 students who attended the Science Fair yesterday. You were excellent ambassadors for and presented some brilliant projects. https://t.co/YmfL3vFRa2

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.