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20/09/17

Thank you to our Y11 Parents and Carers who attended tonight's information evening. Your support is much appreciated.

15/09/17

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Great to have visited & have 1st Strategy meeting for !

14/09/17

Lovely to welcome so many prospective parents and students to our Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/UmObZpDvhQ

14/09/17

The hall is all set for Open Evening 2017! https://t.co/SKa3peIVUA

14/09/17

Looking forward to our Open Evening today. Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm. https://t.co/kr54HJS68A

13/09/17

We are looking forward to hosting prospective parents/carers at our Open Evening tomorrow night. HT presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

12/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great effort from the boys U15 rugby team, who narrowly lost 43-33 in a thriller against 🏉 https://t.co/j60DxrAF7M

08/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Extra-Curricular Clubs start on Monday ! Improve your skills, make new friends & have fun! 💪🏻 https://t.co/4LatIrYK7O

08/09/17

Fantastic input from students helping to assess the quality of our catering bids. https://t.co/Dpffv6IHNP

06/09/17

Thank you to our Y9 parents/carers for attending tonight's information evening. As ever, your support is much valued and appreciated.

25/08/17

...and after. The less than welcoming blue fence has gone! https://t.co/G4OZV7uHHR

25/08/17

Before.... https://t.co/GkEyWH36Mp

24/08/17

Thank you to staff, parents/careers and governors for their support in ensuring y11 students achieved so well this year.

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results https://t.co/ogHOTK3s7L

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Y11 students who achieved so well in their GCSE exams. Excellent grades but more importantly fantastic young people!

21/07/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and restful summer break. See you in September!

19/07/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We've just achieved a Silver ! Thank you to staff, students & coaches for supporting School Games https://t.co/G4TRBERBzS

19/07/17

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y9 celebration assembly this morning. Thank you for your support.

18/07/17

Great work from the Student Review Team today who shared their ideas on school improvement with Mr Garner. https://t.co/GTz9vEI8O7

18/07/17

Great feedback given to Mr Garner by the Student Review Team today. https://t.co/Y5MDWyflQz

Head of Department: Mr D Peacefield
email: dan.peacefield@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 - Intorduction 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.