Applied and Business

The Applied and Business Curriculum Area offers a wide range of courses for students in Key Stage 4 and 5. 

Courses cater for students who prefer to be assessed through coursework or external examinations or a combination of the two. 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) /GCSE/GCSE Equivalent

At Key Stage 4 we offer a range of GCSE / Level 2 subjects including Business; Cambridge National Enterprise and Marketing, Travel and Tourism and Health and Social Care.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) /A Level/A Level Equivalent

At Key Stage 5 there are a range of GCE courses on offer including; Business, Economics, Cambridge Technical Level 3 Business, Cambridge Technical Level 3 Health & Social care and Tourism.

The subjects within the Applied and Business curriculum area offer students the opportunity for independent research and to develop skills which are much sought after by employers.

‘The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.  It’s as simple as that.   A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow.  Not next week.  But today.  The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer’. – Nolan Bushnell (American Engineer & Entrepreneur)

Curriculum

GCSE/GCSE Equivalent  

GCSE Business Studies is now GCSE Business

Business (Exam board: OCR)

Units covered:

  • Business activity, marketing and people (examination – 50%)
  • Operations, finance and influences on business (examination - 50%)

Cambridge National Enterprise and Marketing (Exam board: OCR)

Units covered:

  • Enterprise and Marketing Concepts (examination - 50%)
  • Design a business proposal (coursework 25%)
  • Market and pitch a business proposal (coursework 25%)

Cambridge National Health and Social Care (Exam board: OCR)

Units covered:

  • Communicating and working with individuals
  • Using Basic First Aid Procedures
  • Essential Values of Care for Use With Individuals In Care Settings
  • Understanding Life Stages

BTEC Travel and Tourism

Units covered:

  • Unit 1:  The UK Travel and Tourism Sector
  • Unit 2:  UK Travel and Tourism Destinations
  • Unit 3:  The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK
  • Unit 4:  International Travel and Tourism Destinations

 

A Level A Level Equivalent

Business (Exam board: EDEXCEL)

Units covered:

  • Marketing and people
  • Managing business activities
  • Business decisions and strategy
  • Global business

Economics (Exam board: EDEXCEL)

Units covered:

  • Introduction to markets and market failure
  • The UK economy
  • Business behaviour and the labour market
  • A global perspective

Cambridge Technical Business (Exam board: EDXCEL)

Units covered:

  • The business environment [Exam] 
  • Working in Business [Exam]
  • Customers and communication [Coursework] 
  • Marketing and market research [Coursework]
  • Business events [Coursework]

Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care (Exam board: EDEXCEL)

Units covered:

  • Anatomy and Physiology [Coursework]
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights [Exam]
  • Health, Safety and Security [Exam]
  • Building positive relationships [Exam]
  • Nutrition for Health [Coursework]
  • Sexual Health and Reproduction [Coursework]

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Tourism (Exam board: WJEC)

Units covered:

  • The United Kingdom Tourism Product
  • Worldwide Tourism Destinations
  • The Dynamics of Tourism
  • Planning Tourism Services
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Department Staff

  • Mr Clegg (Curriculum Leader)
  • Mrs Hill
  • Mrs Elliott
  • Miss McCarthy
  • Miss Rowe
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Excursions, Trips and other interesting projects

Where appropriate, students have the opportunity to take part in a range of educational visits to support the delivery of the curriculum.  These are reviewed annually to meet the changing needs of the curriculum.  Examples of trips include:

  • Thorpe Park
  • Great Missenden Primary School
  • Tutor2U Revision conferences
  • Mini plant (Cowley, Oxfordshire)

Homework and Assignments

Key Stage 4 – Homework is set on a regular basis (normally weekly) and students are expected to undertake a minimum of one hour per week.

Key Stage 5 – Homework is set on a regular basis (normally weekly) and students are expected to undertake a minimum of five hours study outside of the classroom per week which includes wider reading beyond any homework tasks that may be set.

 

Past Examination Results

GCE Business 2018

  • 78% A* - C
  • 100% pass rate

GCE Economics 2018

  • 45% A* - C
  • 100% pass rate

Cambridge Technical Business 2018

  • 100% A* - B
  • 100% pass rate

Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care

  • 100% A* - A
  • 100% pass rate

GCSE Business Studies

  •  55% A* - C
  • 100% pass rate

GCSE Health and Social Care

  •  69.2% A* - C
  • 100% pass rate

GCSE Leisure and Tourism

  • 33.3% A* - C
  • 100% pass rate

Cambridge National Business and Enterprise

  • 68.8% A* - C
  • 96% pass rate

 

Useful Websites and Resources

http://tutor2u.net/

www.businessed.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/

http://www.bized.co.uk/

http://www.businessballs.com/

http://www.resource-gateway.co.uk/

http://www.shell-livewire.org/business-library/

http://www.youngentrepreneursociety.org.uk/

http://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/

http://businesscasestudies.co.uk/

http://www.chalkface.com/products/BusinessStudies/?page=2

http://www.moneyinstructor.com/buscareer.asp

http://data.gov.uk/

http://www.optimus-education.com/hubs/teaching-learning-pastoral

www.travelmole.co.uk

www.fish4jobs.co.uk

www.travelweekly.com

www.surveymonkey.co.uk

www.direct.gov.uk

www.tellyads.com

www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/