KEY STAGE 4 BUSINESS STUDIES

The Level 2 First Award in Business Studies is a course which consists of four units of work spread over Year 10 and Year 11. Delivery of the course involves a variety of learning experiences including visiting speakers, role play, group work, ICT and independent research, projects, and presentations. The awarding body for Key Stage 4 Business Studies is Pearson.

There are four units of study including an on-screen test and written assignments which add up to a final grade at the end of Year 11 achieved from cumulative points. Each unit is worth 25% of the final grade.

Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World

This unit covers the fundamentals of business including aims and objectives, how businesses are organised and ownership types as well as the impact of the economy on business organisations. This unit is assessed in the form of two written assignments which are marked internally.

Unit 2 – Finance for Business

This unit covers finance for business such as sources of finance, profit, costs and financial statements. Lessons are theory based and the unit is assessed as an externally set on-screen test, of which students must achieve at least a level 1 pass to be able to achieve a level 2 pass at the end of Year 11; equivalent to a Grade 4-6 GCSE.

Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand

This unit covers the concept of branding and how real businesses create a strategy to promote their product/service. This unit is assessed in the form of two written assignments which are marked internally.

Unit 4 – Principles of Customer Service

This unit covers the principles of customer service and involves both role play and theory work. Students are given the opportunity to practice customer service methods and study existing businesses. This unit is assessed in the form of two written assignments which are marked internally.

For more information about Business Studies at Manor School please contact the Curriculum Lead for Communications Miss C Collier (cheryl.collier@manorschool.northants.sch.uk).

Please follow the link below to access the full specifications for Business Studies on the awarding body website:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/business-2012-nqf.html

The BBC Bitesize revision website has a range of activities and test materials for GCSE subjects. The link below will take you to the GCSE subject page for Business Studies where you can choose a topic to revise:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82

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