Your child’s Business teacher:

Autumn Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on Showing Enterprise. Key learning points are:

  • The skills and risks involved in enterprise
  • The role of lateral thinking and creativity
  • Obvious and less obvious questions
  • How new ideas come about and how they can be protected
  • Weighing up risk versus reward
  • Business objectives
  • Bringing it all together
  • Determination, initiative, planning, leadership & luck

Autumn Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on Spotting a Business Opportunity. Key learning points are:

  • Understanding customer needs is central
  • Analysing competitors: refining or enlarging the opportunity
  • Meaning and the importance of ‘added value’
  • Franchising and other start-up options – sole trader, partnerships, LTD, PLC including limited and unlimited liability
  • Location
  • Start-up trading name & legal issues of tax

Spring Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on Marketing. Key learning points are:

  • How businesses analyse their markets
  • Anticipating customer needs
  • Market research
  • Marketing mix – 4 P’s
  • Building a successful marketing mix
  • Design and research development
  • Product trial and repeat purchase
  • Branding and differentiation
  • Product life cycle

Spring Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on Customer Service. Key learning points are:

  • The importance of effective customer service
  • Managing stock and quality
  • Cost effective operations and competitiveness
  • Meeting consumer protection laws

Summer Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on Preparation for controlled conditions. Key learning points are:

  • Practice of controlled conditions assignment
  • Research methods
  • Presentation
  • Meeting the assessment objectives
  • Students will get the opportunity to look at sample A & C grades and will peer mark assignments to understand how to get the best possible grade

Summer Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on completing their controlled conditions assignment. Key learning points are:

  • Completion of controlled conditions assignment
  • Students will sit a mock exam in this term too

Useful Business websites:

www.ons.gov.uk (information about trends in employment)
www.bized.co.uk (Business Studies resources)
www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk (useful theory information)
www.businesscasestudies.co.uk (information about different companies)
http://www.tutor2u.com (useful theory information)
www.bbc.co.uk (business news)
www.thetimes.co.uk (quality newspaper with business section)
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize (general business revision)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer (to watch business programmes such as The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den and Working Lunch)
http://www.startups.co.uk/ (starting up a business)
www.hmrc.gov.uk/businesses/index.shtml (government statistics and laws)
www.businesslink.gov.uk (general business information)
www.young-enterprise.org.uk (starting up a business)

Business important dates:

  • 2015 Summer Term 2: Unit 2 controlled conditions coursework
  • 2016 Summer term: Unit 1 & 3 exams (dates to be confirmed)

Contact the Business Department

Email: jwhyte@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk