Business Studies

The Business Studies Department aims to promote increased understanding of the real world. Students are encouraged to develop and apply their skills and learn by ‘building blocks’. The student applies her knowledge to current issues and problems. The dynamics of the business world can be appreciated by visits to and contact with a variety of business.

GCSE Business Studies enables young people to participate in and gain a critical understanding of the economic and business world.

Topics studied are Business: aims, types and organisation; Production; Human Resources; Marketing and Finance.

Pupils are required to complete one assignment which incorporates information technology related to a business situation. Pupils use the Internet to access information for research purposes; develop ICT skills within a business context and benefit from visiting speakers and visits and contacts with organisations. Pupils are placed at the centre of the learning process and are forced to focus attention on the business world outside the classroom.

At Advanced Level teachers use a wide range of approaches including case studies, videos, outside speakers, group work. Students will be expected to take an interest in current issues, want to learn about why the economy works in the way it does, debate issues, and research topics.

AS and A2 Business Studies

A level Studies should enable young people to participate in and gain a critical understanding of the economic and business world, examining the diverse yet integrated nature of business activity. It provides a framework to help students understand many different business disciplines and takes account of different forms of business organisation. The course concentrates on how businesses make decisions in an ever changing environment.

The AS modules are:
1. Objectives and the Business Environment
2. People in Organisations and Accounting and Finance
3. Marketing and Operations Management

A2 modules
4. Objectives and the Business Environment, People in Organisations, Accounting and Finance
5. Objectives and the Business Environment, Marketing and Operations Management
Business Studies offers flexibility in terms of career options and direction. For those wishing to continue their studies in Management, Retailing, Marketing and Finance, or those wishing to set up their own business the course is potentially useful.

GCE APPLIED BUSINESS (CCEA)

Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level

The AS and Advanced GCE in Applied Business are vocational qualifications that enable students to develop a broad understanding of Applied Business principles and give them the opportunity to focus on a specific pathway. Eg. Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Administration.

The specification encourages candidates to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of realistic business contexts through a variety of approaches from the theoretical to those with a clear practical emphasis, including an industrial visit, case studies and research. The idea behind this specification is that to understand the nature of business and students must actively experience the business environment. The CCEA specification has been specially designed to suit the modern Northern Ireland business context.

Aims
This specification encourages candidates to acquire the following range of skills:
 practical skills
 presentational skills
 personal skills
 interpersonal skills
 cognitive skills