To help students understand and engage with the increasingly complex business world in which we live and to enable them to become informed and confident consumers, employees and entrepreneurs.
Our students are encouraged to be enquiring and engaged individuals who enjoy their learning. When they start their courses they will realise just how much they already know about business from their everyday lives. The vast majority perform to a high level and Business is frequently one of their highest grades. A large number continue to study Business in the Sixth form and then at university.
Key Stage 3 Assessment at Wyedean:
Although Business Studies is not available as a subject until Key Stage 4, students will experience the world of business and enterprise at several points during the first three years. The details of these vary from year to year, but past experiences and opportunities have included the following:
- The Real Game, which is a fantastic whole day project often run in Year 8.
- In Year 9 all students have experienced an exciting project running throughout the year, combining ICT, Business, Media and DT.
- Also in Year 9 one of the summer term flexible learning days has involved taking the year group to The Mall at Cribb’s Causeway to study a range of the businesses there.
Key Stage 4/5 transition:
Students learn in a variety of different ways and we try to accommodate this by offering two very different courses. GCSE Business Studies is now fully assessed through two end of course exams. With BTEC Business it is the opposite. 75% of the final grade is achieved through coursework, so all of the students' hard work contributes to their final grade. The two courses link very closely to the level 3 courses that students can choose to follow in the Sixth form. Whilst studying Business at KS4 is not a requirement for studying at KS5, those who have will fully supported and prepared for the next step.
Key Stage 5:
We continue with the choice of exam-based or coursework-based courses that we offered at Key Stage 4. Students can choose between A-Level or BTEC courses, both equivalent in terms of UCAS university points, but assessed in very different ways. A large number of our students go on to study Business degrees as a result of their experience with our courses.
Our subject is a very relevant one and we therefore constantly look for opportunities to link with the outside world. In the past we have visited Celtic Manor, Mabey Bridge, Thorpe Park and a number of other locations. We have also arranged guest speakers and video-conferences and organised enterprise activities. This will be increasing as part of our Applied Learning Area vision. This year our Year 13 took part in a fantastic revision conference run by Tutor2U. Mr Brooks is a highly experienced examiner for AQA, which enables the team to give our A-level students the best possible preparation for their exams.