HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL

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    Business Studies and Economics

    A range of courses designed to suit students of all abilities. are offered, both vocational and academic in nature.  In Year 10 and 11 students can study Business Studies or Business Studies and Economics at GCSE. At A level, we offer Economics and Business Studies as separate subjects. We encourage students to learn outside the classroom by following the business news, attending conferences and entering nationally organised competitions. We hope they will develop a genuine interest and understanding of the business world whilst enjoying the full support of the department.

    Year 10 and Year 11

    Course

    GCSE Business Studies

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA, Syllabus 8132

    Grade Equivalences

    Grade 9 to 1

    Assessment Route

    Written exam (100%)

    (2 papers, both 1 hr 45 mins worth 50% each)

    Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts.  Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

     

    Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

    • The interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making.

    • How different business contexts affect business decisions.

    • The use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.

    What students will learn

    • Business in the real world

    • Influences on business

    • Business operations

    • Human resources

    • Marketing

    • Finance

    How will students be assessed?

     

    At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 exams which will consist of:

    Paper 1

    • Section A - multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

    • Section B - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

    • Section C - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

    Paper 2

    • Section A - multiple choice questions and short answer questions (20 marks).

    • Section B - one case study/data response stimuli with questions (approx. 34 marks).

    • Section C - one case study/data response stimuli with questions (approx. 36 marks).

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    Course

    GCSE Economics

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    OCR, Syllabus J205

    Grade Equivalences

    Grade 9 to 1

    Assessment Route

    Written exam (100%)

    (2 papers, both 1 hr 30 mins worth 50% each)

    The subject content looks at economic activity through the lens of consumers, producers, government and the workings of the global economy.  As students go through the course they’re presented with opportunities to focus on real-world issues.  Students should consider and reflect upon moral, ethical and sustainable issues that arise as a result of the impact of economic activity.

    Students should use their economic knowledge and skills to investigate national and global economic situations and issues from the last 15 years.  Students should also be aware of the policies that governments have used to attempt to manage these situations and issues.

    Students will develop quantitative skills relevant to the subject content.  They should be able to make relevant calculations from economic data and be able to interpret data presented in the form of graphs and charts.  Students should be able to recognise the possible limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data.

    What students will learn? 

    Part 1 Introduction to Economics:

    • The main economic groups and factors of production

    • The basic economic problem

    Part 2 The role of markets and Money

    • The role of markets

    • Demand

    • Supply

    • Price

    • Competition

    • Production

    • The labour market

    • The role of money and financial markets

    Part 3 Economic objectives and the role of the government

    • Economic growth

    • Low unemployment

    • Fair distribution of income

    • Price stability

    • Fiscal policy

    • Monetary policy

    • Supply side policies

    • Limitations of markets

    • Part 4 International trade and the global economy

    • Importance of international trade

    • Balance of payments

    • Exchange rates

    • Globalisation

    How will students be assessed?

    At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 exams which will consist of:

    Paper 1 

    Part 1 Introduction to Economics

    Part 2 The role of markets and Money

    Section A - 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.

    Section B - five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses.

    Paper 2 

    Part 3 Economic objectives and the role of the government

    Part 4 International trade and the global economy

    Section A - 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.

    Section B - five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses

     

    Years 12 and 13

     

    Course

    GCE A Level Business Studies

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA  - 7132

    Grades

    A*-E

    Course Entry Requirements

    In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

    GCSE Grade 4 English and Mathematics.

    Assessment Route

    Paper 1 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade

    • A Mix of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.

    Paper 2 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade  

    • Three data response questions.

    Paper 3 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade

    • One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • What is business?

    • Managers, Leadership and Decision Making.

    • Decision making to improve Marketing performance.

    • Decision making to improve Operational performance.

    • Decision making to improve Financial performance.

    • Decision making to improve Human Resource performance.

    • Analysing the strategic position of a business.

    • Choosing strategic direction.

    • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.

    • Managing strategic change.

    Learning strategies:

    Investigations

    Case studies

    Decision making, role plays and data analysis

    Group discussions

    Conferences

    The use of multi-media

    Peer assessment (the student’s design and set exams)

    External Visits

     

    Course

    GCE A Level Economics

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA - 7136

    Grades

    A*-E

    Course Entry Requirements

    In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

    GCSE  5 in Mathematics and GCSE Grade 4 in English.

    Assessment Route

    Paper 1  (120 minute exam) 80 marks 33.3% of final grade

    • Data response and essay questions.

    Paper 2 (120 minute exam) 80 marks 33.3% of final grade  

    • Data response and essay questions.

    Paper 3 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade

    • Multiple choice and case study questions.

     

    The course covers the following topics:

    Economic methodology and the economic problem.

    Individual economic decision making.

    Price determination in a competitive market.

    Product, cost and revenue.

    Perfect competition.

    The labour market.

    The distribution of income and wealth.

    The market mechanism.

    The measurement of macroeconomic performance.

    Data - How the macroeconomy works.

    Economic performance.

    Financial markets and monetary policy.

    Fiscal policy and supply side policies.

    The international economy.

    Learning strategies: 

    Investigations

    Case studies

    Decision making, role plays and data analysis

    Group discussions

    Learning diagrams and key terms

    Regular multiple choice tests and practice questions

    Applying economic theory

    Investigating and discussing what is happening globally

    Visits