The Business Studies Department aims to get pupils to develop a sense of curiosity, knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the world of business. The department offers courses that aim to prepare pupils for the world of business through developing independent learning and application skills. The department makes extensive use of the school’s excellent computer facilities to support teaching and learning.
The Business Studies Department teaches both GCSE Business and BTEC Business course at Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11) and BTEC Business at Key Stage 5 (Years 12 – 13).
Years 9, 10 and 11: GCSE Business
In year 9, students at The Quest Academy can choose Business Studies GCSE as one of their options and they will be doing the Edexcel GCSE Business Studies qualification. This qualification entails the following:-
- Unit 1: Investigating small business: 50% exam
- This unit concentrates on the key issues and skills involved in enterprise. It provides a framework to consider the marketing, financial, human and operational issues involved in starting and running a small business.
- Unit 2: Building a business: 50% exam
- This unit builds on Units 1 and 2 and examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on practical methods used to build up a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, customer service, financial and people management.
Years 9, 10 and 11: BTEC Business
Students study the BTEC Level 2 Award in Business. The course is practical and work-related and is assessed mostly through coursework. Unit 2 represents the only exam that students must take. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces students to business practices in employment situations. The units offered provide pupils with an excellent basis from which to go on to study other work-related qualifications at more advanced levels. Students follow a programme of study from the following units:
- Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
- This unit introduces you to the language and terminology used in business. It explores what businesses do, trends that affect them, how they operate and the factors that influence their success.
- Unit 2: Finance for Business
- All businesses have to spend money before they can make a profit, and when they spend money, they incur costs.
- Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
- In this unit, you will find out what it takes to build a brand and what a business has to consider when planning brand development. You will investigate the importance of branding to a business, the types of branding that are available and why businesses need to review and update their brands.
- Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection & Employment
- This unit develops and broadens your understanding of the job market, linked closely to part-time jobs the students might have or be seeking. It covers a range of key employability skills, from completing a CV to interview practice.
Years 12 and 13
Students study the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Business. The course is vocational and work-related and assessed by internal coursework and external exams. Students will learn by completing task, projects and reports that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces students to business practices in employment situations. The units offered provide pupils with an excellent basis from which to go on to study other work-related qualifications at more advanced levels.
- Unit 1: Exploring Business (Internal Coursework)
- In this introductory unit, learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive.
- Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (External Controlled Assessment)
- Learners will gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed. Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
- Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (External Examination)
- Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. Unit 4: Business Communication
- Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process (Internal Coursework)
- Learners explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. The unit gives learners the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance.