Normal life in our country today would clearly not be possible without businesses.
Business studies therefore employs an analytical, evaluative and investigative approach to the subject. It gives students the skills and knowledge to understand how businesses are set up and managed.
Business studies lesson explodes into life with:
- Animated presentation which facilitates students’ understanding of key examination techniques
- Interactive and fun activities with lively exercises that seek to introduce and reinforce key concepts
- Short video case studies and supporting worksheets which seek to illustrate key concepts as well as giving students ideas for integrating the video into lessons
Studying Business allows students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities. Students taking the BTEC First in Business level 2 can progress to BTEC National level 3 in Business which can lead to a number of Business and Economics related degree courses. Students can further progress into degree courses in related business subjects as well as many other social science courses.
Careers for Business students include:
Accountant, Financial Analyst, Store/Area Manager, Operations Graduate, Investment Banker, Fund Analyst, Broker, Risk Analyst, Corporate Markets Graduate, Assistant Brand Manager, Trainee Buyer, Business Operations Graduate, Management Consultant, Business Analyst, Store Development Trainee, Human Resource Manager, Fraud Strategist.
Teacher of Business Studies: Mr E Constantine-Cort
"I believe Business Studies is a great subject to study at The Aylesbury Vale Academy. I feel it prepares students for the world of work and gives them the tools and understanding to deal with the modern world. I am a firm believer that students learn by doing".
Teacher of Business Studies: Mrs P Marina
"After completing a Degree in Business Administration with the University of South Africa Mrs Marina completed a Post Graduate Certificate in teaching specialising in Business studies. I have a particular passion for equipping young learners with the skills to better themselves in the area of business and setting them up to become successful entrepreneurs".
Teacher of Business Studies: Mrs G McGowan
"I graduated from the University of Lancaster with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Business Education with QTS. My first teaching job brought me to Buckinghamshire in 1997 when I began my teaching career and I love the area so much I am still here! I have taught in a number of schools in the area between then and now and acquired many different experiences from a range of schools which have all been valuable in their own way. When I am not teaching I enjoy cooking and baking with my two daughters, taking them to the theatre, listening to country rock music, travelling to see friends and family."
Key Stage 4
BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise - Level 1 / Level 2
First teaching September 2018 / First certification July 2020
The course is made up of three components. Two of these are internally assessed and one externally assessed. The three-block structure (Exploring, Developing and Application) would allow students to build on and embed their knowledge, grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learnt.
The course would be done over a three year period
Introduction to basic concepts - an overview of the course
Unit 1- Exploring Enterprises
Which comprises of internally assessed assignments and contributing to a 30% of the total course. Students will have the opportunity to examine the characteristics of enterprises, exploring how enterprises meets customers’ needs and investigating the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.
Unit 2 - Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity
Which comprises of internally assessed assignments and also contributing to a 30% of the total course. The focal points would include exploring ideas to plan for a micro-enterprise activity, pitching a micro-enterprise activity and reviewing own pitch for a micro-enterprise activity.
Unit 3 - Promotion and Finance for Enterprise
This is an externally assessed task and contributes to a 40% of the total course. This unit is an examined unit, students will have one opportunity to re-sit. Key emphasis will be on promotion, financial records, financial planning and forecasting.