STAFF:

  • Mrs Evans
  • Mrs Compton
  • Miss Blair

What is Business Studies?

BUSINESS STUDIES is an exciting dynamic course that prepares students for the challenges of the 21st Century by introducing them into the world of business. Whether your aim is to pursue an academic career, train for a profession or become an entrepreneur the necessary knowledge and skills will be provided.

The Aims of our department

THE BUSINESS STUDIES DEPARTMENT aims to:

  • Prepare pupils for adult and working life in helping them to acquire appropriate skills for employment and an aptitude for seeking further knowledge.
  • Help pupils respond effectively to social and economic changes.
  • Help pupils develop skills of collection, analysing and presenting information using a variety of techniques.
  • Equip pupils to use ICT in the business context.
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to experience entrepreneurship through contacts with businesses.
  • Enable pupils to develop communication, decision-making and business skills.

GCE Applied Business Studies

The Business Studies department at Carrickfergus College offers a very successful GCE course, with a 100% pass rate in GCE Applied Business.  This exciting and dynamic two year course consists of six units, offering the students the opportunity to study a wide range of business theory and practice.

Year 13 AS Units

Unit Name Assessment Weighting
1 The Enterprising Business Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment 16 2/3 %
2 The Enterprising Manager Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment 16 2/3%
3 External Influence on the Business Enterprise Externally – one 1½ hour externally assessed examination 16 2/3%

Year 14 A2 Units

Unit Name Assessment Weighting
7 Finance Externally – one 1½ hour externally assessed examination 16 2/3%
8 Quality Management Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment 16 2/3%
9 Enterprise in Practice Internally – one piece of internally assessment assignment 16 2/3%

GCSE Applied Business Studies

Business Studies students have the opportunity to explore all aspects of business behaviour and how it is put into practice. The practical aspect of the subject allows a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as case studies, role plays and simulations to be used. During the course pupils will also have the opportunity to visit local businesses.

The subject gives the students the opportunity to develop their ICT skills in a business context. Alongside this the students are taught how to become effective citizens, producers and consumers so that they can integrate effectively into society.

This course promotes knowledge and appreciation of the business world and helps students apply business concepts within the context of business activities.

Course Structure

The subject is divided into five topic areas:-

  • Business Start Up
  • Production
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Managing People
  • Business Growth
  • Business Plan

How the course is assessed:

Assessment Weighting
Controlled AssessmentThere is one piece of controlled assessment with three tasks  60%
External Written ExamThere is also a 1 hour examination based on stimulus material   40%

GCSE Business & Communication Systems

Business & Communication Systems students have the opportunity to “learn by doing” in this hands-on course.  This approach promotes enjoyment, motivation, high pupil achievement and develops their transferable skills which are important in working life.

This course gives the students the opportunity to gain business knowledge, understanding and at the same time develop their Business ICT skills.  It helps students understand the changing role of ICT in business and economic activities. It also helps students understand the ways in which market environments are changing because of ICT, for example the rise of e-business.

The student centred approach to learning allows the students the opportunity to apply their developing knowledge in relevant, interesting and work-related contexts.  They undertake research, meet deadlines, work with others and have the opportunity to be enterprising and creative.

How the course is assessed:

Assessment Weighting
Controlled AssessmentThere is one piece of controlled assessment with six tasks 25%
External Computer Based ExaminationThere is one 2 hour computer based examination to test students ICT Business skills 35%
External Written ExamThere is also a 1 hour examination based on stimulus material 40%

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