“Business is everywhere” - a true statement with a real purpose and just one of the reasons why students see business as relevant.
Students study Business in a way that allows them to research and discuss existing Businesses, from small to large. A wide variety of topics will be covered as part of the course, including the development of a marketing campaign for a new product, exploring the various functional areas within a large business and investigating the tools and techniques that a business can use to manage its finances. The course has a mixed assessment format. Approximately 50% of the course assessed via internally assessed coursework, 25% through a task completed in controlled conditions and the remaining 25% via a traditional exam.
Students are offered many different opportunities as part of the BTEC Business course, with the expectation that at some point over the 2 year course, each and every student will organise and run an enrichment activity/event/trip for other students in the school. As part of this process, students develop some extremely valuable skills such as team working, communication and negotiation skills. This process often requires the students to communicate with outside businesses and agencies, exposing them to ‘real world’ of business.
In addition to this, an educational visit to Barcelona is offered to all students in Year 12. This will involve a visit to Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium to investigate how they have developed their brand over the years, as well touring the Barcelona stock exchange to see how financial markets operate.