At Faringdon Community College, Business Studies is embedded into the Key Stage 3 curriculum across many subjects. It is offered as a GCSE subject in Year 10. The Business & Economics Department endeavours to make the students’ learning experience as real, applicable, relevant, varied and interesting as possible. Students are encouraged to learn by using local and national business, the media, the Internet, as well as their friends and family.
As well as the core concepts, Business Studies helps to develop many important skills, such as numeracy, literacy, ICT, problem solving, information collecting, as well as analytical, evaluative and social skills. Students partake in a varied amount of group study, practical activities and project work.
The sum of Business is far greater than simply its parts. All young people are stakeholders in society and as each individual enters the world of work, continues onto further education or even chooses to run their own business, all will take up their role in the global community. All will have the right to vote within a few years time. Social and environmental issues already affect them, as does the government’s provision of services. Thus, in dealing with these issues, Business is a hugely important, relevant and useful course to young people.
GCSE Business Studies:
Aimed at those who may consider continuing to AS/A2 Level. The recent development within the curriculum area has meant that all coursework has been removed and replaced with controlled assessment assignments with a free choice of presentation method to allow students to really demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
Cambridge Nationals Business and Marketing:
Aimed at those wishing to enter the workplace or possibly AS Business Studies.
A Level 2 course equivalent so that successful students have a qualification which counts as a GCSE pass in the A-C range. This leads to a nationally recognised vocational qualification which prepares students for work in the business sector or to progress to higher level qualifications.
Assessment is based largely on work that the students produce during the course – one unit will take the form of an online controlled assessment, with the remaining involving the production of a portfolio of work. The two core units are ‘Enterprise in the Business World’ and ‘Finance for Business’ (which begins to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of businesses and how they operate). The further mandatory unit is ‘Principles of Marketing’ and like the majority of BTEC work, will work towards the student’s portfolio. Other units will be chosen from a variety of optional specialist units and all involve portfolio work.
Mr Baldwin (Head of Subject)
Mr Millard (Director of School Improvement)
Mrs Drayton (Subject Teacher)