Business activity is encountered constantly throughout your daily routines – from eating your breakfast cereal to travelling to school; from purchasing your snacks at break to using stationery during lessons. Just think about how many businesses you have encountered during a typical day! This gives you an idea of the massive scope Business Studies represents.
Business Studies is a highly popular subject at GSA both at KS4 and KS5. The Business Studies department at GSA operates an inclusive recruitment policy for students at KS4 and Post 16. Students are offered a GCSE or Vocational pathway at KS4. At Post 16 students are advised onto the BTEC Extended Certificate in Business single award route or the BTEC Diploma in Business, double award.
The department has strengthened over the last few years and is now consistently producing good and outstanding outcomes for students at both KS4 and Post 16. It is an exciting time for the business department, with a newly developed learning area for KS5 students to develop their business interest further.
We offer a range of study support options. After school booster sessions are held regularly to support students with their homework, coursework or independent study. Twilight Sessions are targeted at Post 16 students to provide a conducive environment to complete coursework and consolidate learning prior to summer exams. There are also sessions held in half term that are targeted and drop in sessions for students focused on coursework through the year and then exam preparation for the summer exams.
Educational visits are an integral part of any Business Studies course. They allow students to gain a real life experience of the concepts studied in the classroom. At GSA we endeavour to provide students with varied opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of topics explored. The purpose of these visits enables students to fully develop their application, analysis and evaluative skills: essential in all elements of written work and examination answers to achieve success at a high level.
Year 10 students visit both Birmingham International Airport and Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Year 11 & Year 12 go to Twycross Zoo and Conkers Discovery Centre. Year 13 have a BTEC City of London Financial Tour and visit Harry Potter’s World (Marketing Visit).
Mrs S. Butt (Head of Business Studies), e-mail: [email protected]