Business Studies is a very popular and successful option choice that students really engage with and enjoy. It is now part of the Applied Learning Area and in common with the other subjects in that area (ICT, Media, DT and Food), it is a very relevant and up-to-date subject that really helps to equip students for the world beyond Wyedean.
Key Stage 3
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 Real Game is a fantastic whole day project in Year 8. In Year 9 all students will experience an exciting project running throughout the year, combining ICT, Business, Media and DT.
Key Stage 4
Students learn in a variety of different ways and we try to accommodate this by offering two very different courses. GCSE Business Studies is mainly assessed through exams, with 25% of the marks coming from a controlled assessment. 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.
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.