Studying Business Studies will help students gain knowledge and understanding of businesses, how they operate and the roles of various stakeholders.
Students will learn how businesses start up, what is required to keep them going and prosper along the many challenges they face.
In Year 12 Unit 2 topics include human resources, including recruitment and selection, appraisal, training, motivation, business growth and finance.
Both Unit 1 & 2 are assessed in an external written examination each worth 40% of the GCSE
Unit 3 is assessed in a controlled assessment task contributing the remaining 20% of marks. Students carry out a research task and examine and evaluate a business plan, communicating their findings in a structured report writing task completed in Year 12.
Pupils will learn to apply skills that will benefit them in everyday life and in any career path they follow, for example carrying out research, working with others, proposing a business strategy or solution, understanding the role and viewpoints of a range of stakeholders in a business decision, and using financial information to make and justify a decision.
Year 11 students take part in the Stock Market Challenge, an on-line trading competition and often teams are entered in local enterprise challenges such as those organised by South West College.
Trips for those studying GCSE Business Studies have included a visit to Dungannon Enterprise Centre to learn about the support offered to local entrepreneurs and a tour of the Retailing Packing factory at Dunbia.
At A2 students will explore business planning and risk management, develop an appreciation of accounting and financial information in strategic planning, gain an understanding of the macroeconomic and global framework and develop understanding of the impact of ethics and sustainability on decision-making and organisational culture.
Assessment is through two written examinations at AS (40% of A level) and a further two written examinations at A2 (60% of A level).
Year 13 pupils are encouraged to develop their own entrepreneurial skills through participation in the Young Enterprise Company Programme which is offered as an extra-curricular activity or the Student Investment Challenge which is a team based online investment competition.