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Business

Business at King Ecgbert School

The department offers a number of different courses to help students learn about business & enterprise, economics and personal finance. The department is well resourced and has a fully equipped computer room and access to an additional 30 laptops. It is staffed by experienced teachers with real life business experience. 

Business in Years 10 and 11

GCSE Business studies from AQA. Students learn about the four main functional areas of business and how the external environment can impact on business success. The course involves two exams taken at the end of year 11 and a single controlled assessment worth 25% of the final marks. 

BTEC Level 2 business is also offered. This consist of  consists of three portfolios of work, one about small business planning, one on recruitment and one on promotion/customer service. This work is internally marked and externally verified by the exam board. A final unit covering business finance, profits, break even etc. is externally assessed via an online test. 

Business and Economics in Sixth Form

In King Ecgbert Sixth Form we offer Edexcel GCE A Level Economics B. This is a joint Business and Economics course and students study two business and two economics related units over the two years, all of which are externally assessed by three examinations, taken at the end of the course. An AS in Economics B can also be followed with two exams, one for each of Theme 1 & Theme 2, taken at the end of year 12. 

Btec Level 3 Business is offered at a single award, double and triple A level equivalent. Students study a number of different areas of business, e.g. marketing, finance, human resources etc and are assessed by a mixture of internally assessed coursework, an externally assessed marketing task and an external examination in finance. The externally assessed work and the exam can be taken in either year 12 or year 13. 

IFS school of finance Certificate and Diploma courses are offered on a two hour contact/distance learning arrangement. Assessment is by two online tests and two exams. Test/written paper for unit 1 is taken in January and the second unit assessment is in April/May. Only students studying the course in year 12 can continue to the Diploma i.e. the full A level in year 13. Year 13 students who select this as an enrichment option can only complete the Certificate (AS equivalent). 

Extra Curricular

The department offer a number of extracurricular activities: 

Students can join the share dealing club and invest real cash to try to make a profit. 

After school revision sessions and coursework catch up sessions are run on a regular basis at different times of the year.

Year   Half term  Topics covered 
10  Enterprise and starting a business 
  Marketing 
  Finance 
  Recruitment, Motivation and training staff 
  Operations management 
  Controlled assessment 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
11  Business organisation and growth/ Further marketing 
  Further Finance / Further people in business 
  Revision and exam prep 
  Revision and exam prep 
  Revision and exam prep 
  Exam leave    
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
12 Economics B  Scarcity, Enterprise & Supply and Demand 
  Markets, the role of credit & the Economic cycle 
  Market failure, government intervention & the Global economy 
  Revenues, costs & profits, Macroeconomic policy 
  Revision & exam prep 
  Globalisation 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
13  Economics B  Globalisation, Business expansion and Competition & Market power and failure 
  Globalisation Business expansion and Competition & Market power and failure 
  Labour markets & Inequalities, Macroeconomic policies, risk and the financial sector 
  Labour markets & Inequalities, Macroeconomic policies, risk and the financial sector 
  Revision & exam prep 
  Exam leave    
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
12 BTEC  The Business Environment, Finance  & Team Working 
  The Business Environment, Finance  & Team Working 
  The Business Environment, Finance  & Team Working 
  Communications, Marketing & Business Resources 
  Communications, Marketing & Business Resources 
  Communications, Marketing & Business Resources 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
13 BTEC  Recruitment, Retail management & Management accounts 
  Recruitment, Retail management & Management accounts 
  The economic environment, small business planning & Market research 
  The economic environment, small business planning & Market research 
  The economic environment, small business planning & Market research 
  Exam leave