Business and Economics
Business Studies Subject Staff
|Miss Hunter||Director of Social Sciences Faculty|
|Mr Goodier||Teacher of Business Studies|
|Mr Calcutt||Teacher of Business Studies|
|Mr Todd||Teacher of Business Studies HPL Pankhurst House|
|Mr Doyle||Teacher of Economics AHT - Progress and Intervention|
It is the Business and Economics departments intent that students develop a solid grounding of the requisite employability skills, knowledge and understanding expected from their future employers and the world of business and enterprise. Through the curriculum pathways we offer we aim to provoke the naturally inquisitive minds of our young people, who will have the confidence to explore the subject further and ask probing questions, to help embed their knowledge and understanding of how businesses operate in a global context. Students will be encouraged to take calculated risks and think outside the box through stretch and challenge activities, which will prepare them for a natural progression to study Business or Economics at Ormskirk School’s Sixth Form College.
Key Stage 4
Students have the opportunity to elect to study the Cambridge Nationals Enterprise and Marketing Level 1/2 Certificate. This is a vocational qualification graded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction and Level 1 or Level 2. It is comprised of 3 units of work, two related coursework components and one examined component taken at the end of year 11. For their coursework students will create and cost a business product to meet a client brief. They will undertake primary and secondary market research, understand their competitors, pricing strategies and costings as well as planning a full marketing campaign for their product and pitching their business proposal to potential investors in a ‘Dragons Den’ style scenario. For the examined component students will learn a range of Business Studies theory elements including calculating profit and loss, break even, marketing and pricing strategies and understanding how the state of the economy can influence businesses.
Key Stage 5
Students will have the option to continue their studies with a traditional or vocational pathway. Students can opt to take Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business or AQA A-Level Economics.
For the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business students will complete 4 units: ‘Exploring Business’, ‘Developing a Marketing Campaign’, ‘Personal and Business Finance’ and ‘Recruitment and Selection Process’. The qualification is equivalent to one full A level.
For the AQA A-Level Economics students will discover the answers to micro-economic questions such as how markets form as well as macro-economic questions such as how an economy is structured.