Business Studies

General Information

As Hull Trinity House Academy has expanded, it has continued to develop its curriculum, and therefore the Academy is now running a GCSE Business Course.

Although students haven't learned Business at KS3, the course chosen, focusses on the areas of Business that students will find most interesting and accessible

Staffing

Staff MemberRole
 Mrs A. Cromarty Business Studies Teacher

Curriculum

There are three main topics in the OCR GCSE Business course:

  • Marketing and Enterprise
  • Business and People and Production
  • Finance and the External business environment

The course is taught by Mrs Cromarty with a range of resources created in school, bespoke revision interactive software and the use of the GCSEPod website.

Exam Board: OCR
Controlled Assessment (Coursework)25%There is one controlled assessment on Marketing and Enterprise that will take approximately 16 hours. The controlled assessments will ask students to investigate a company’s marketing activities and advise on ways to improve. This is then submitted to the exam board in May.
Exams75%

There are 2 papers for this examination: the first is the week before half term and the second takes place the week we return from May half term.The first exam: Business and people is worth 25% and is one hour long. This is a data response question where students will analyse the figures given in the exam. Students will answer 2 questions, which consist of multiple parts.

The second exam: Production, finance and external environment has a weighting of 50% is 1 hour and half long. This is a pre-released case study. The case study has been accessible to the students and parents on class charts since Christmas. Although there are only 3 questions, they do consist of multiple parts.

Content

Business & People 25% 1 hour
The structure of business activity: 
- The need for business activity 
- Business ownership, trading organisations, growth and location

The workforce in business: 
- Employment and retention 
- Organisation and communication 

Production, finance and the external environment 50% 1hr 30 mins
Using and managing resources to produce goods and services: 
- Types of production methods 
- Management and control of production 
- Production costs

Financial information and decision making: 
- Sources of finance 
- Financial forecasting and analysis 

External influences on business activity: 
- The competitive environment 
- Environmental influences and business ethics 
- Government and the UK economy 
- Globalisation and UK business

Revision Resources
Unit A292 Revision Guide in the shared area that can be printed 
Unit A293 Revision Guide in the shared area that can be printed 
You tube links on a document in the shared area 
- There are some revision and question sheets in my room that you can take 
Businessed website 
BBC Bitesize website
Revision Techniques
Flash cardsCreate flash cards with the most common key terms on the front and the description on the back. Use these test yourself.
Interactive gamesOn the businessed website there are some interactive games using key terms that you play.
Revision GuideRead the relevant topics, copy the pages out highlighting key words and phrases. Test yourself in the revision summary section and practise the exam questions.
Case studyRead the case study to ensure you are fully aware of what is in it. Highlight key terms in the case study. As you are reading you may want to write notes in pencil as to questions that spring to mind when reading as this may give you some idea as to what you may be asked.
Theory notesUse your books to revise topics and access the theory notes on the BBC Education website.

Homework

Homework is varied and is based on understanding Business in a wider context as well as exam questions. It is also expected that students read the news (on newspapers or online) as there will be some occasional quizzes on relevant news stories. 

Extra-curricular Activities

In the first year, the students are encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities which aim at enhancing their learning and help embed the theory. For example, the current Year 10 students (along with some Year 9 students) are participating in the IFS Student Investor Challenge.