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Business touches on nearly every aspect of modern society, and so studying business is useful for both future careers and a student’s personal life, as well as being actually very interesting to study. Business Studies is one of the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide, and there are very good reasons for this.

 

Business students are in high demand with employers and are some of the most employable. Students will have a wide variety of possible career options open to them upon graduation.

 

Business is both a theoretical and a practical discipline, meaning that students not only gain a great range of knowledge, but also learn the skills needed to apply this knowledge to real life settings, again assisting with employability.

 

INDUSTRY LINKS/VISITS

The department has links with a number of local companies including Tobermore Concrete Products Ltd, Tayto, Ditty’s, Sperrin Switchgear, Bank of Ireland & uform

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A-LEVEL

Students have a choice of studying a General A level or an Applied A Level

 

General

AS Unit 1 – Introduction to Business

AS Unit 2 – Growing the Business

A2 Unit 1 – Strategic Decision Making

A2 Unit 2 – The Competitive Business Environment

Assessment – 100% Examination based

 

Applied

AS Unit 1 – The Enterprising Business

AS Unit 2 – The Enterprising Manager

AS Unit 3 – External Influences on the Enterprise*

A2 Unit 7 – Finance*

A2 Unit 9 – Enterprise in Practice

A2 Unit 11 – Marketing

Assessment –  2/3 Coursework based and 1/3 Examination* based

 

 

GCSE LEVEL

Students have a choice of studying a General GCSE or an Applied GCSE.

 

General

There are seven main topics in GCSE Business Studies which will be examined through the use of case studies, investigations and simulations.

Unit 1 – BUSINESS START UP – Investigates the forms of business organisations, business aims and the role of the entrepreneur.

PRODUCTION – Examines the types, methods and location of production, quality and health and safety.

MARKETING – Explains the marketing function of successful businesses.

Unit 2 – FINANCE – Examines sources of finance, final accounts, the use of ratio analysis and management accounting techniques to help make decisions.

MANAGING PEOPLE – Examines the recruitment, selection, training and motivation of personnel.

BUSINESS GROWTH – Investigates business success or failure, methods of business growth, international business and e-commerce.

BUSINESS PLAN – Explains the content of business plans and reasons for developing them.

 

Level of Entry:

There is only one Tier of entry:

Grades available A* – G

 

Assessment Arrangements:

2 written papers

Unit 1 Business Start Up –              1 hour 20 minutes   35% of overall marks

Unit 2 Business Development –    1 hour 40 minutes   40% of overall marks

Controlled Assessment                                                      25% of overall marks

 

Controlled Assessment Details:

Pupils undertake one task. Time is available during class to prepare for the controlled assessment and pupils will be supervised during the completion of the task.

 

 

Applied

There are seven main topics in Applied Business which will be examined through the use of case studies, investigations and simulations.

 

BUSINESS START UP – Investigates the forms of business organisations, business aims and the role of the entrepreneur.

PRODUCTION – Examines the types, methods and location of production, quality and health and safety.

MARKETING – Explains the marketing function of successful businesses.

FINANCE – Examines final accounts, the use of ratio analysis and management accounting techniques to help make decisions.

MANAGING PEOPLE – Examines the recruitment, selection, training and motivation of personnel.

BUSINESS GROWTH – Investigates business success or failure, methods of business growth and international business.

BUSINESS PLANExplains the content of business plans and reasons for developing them.

 

Level of Entry:

There is only one Tier of entry:

Grades available A* – G

 

Assessment Arrangements:

1 written paper

Unit 1 1 hour                        40% of overall marks

Controlled Assessment      60% of overall marks

 

Controlled Assessment Details:

Pupils undertake three tasks. Each task will be allocated 20 hours of time for researching the information required and writing up the task. Tasks are set by CEA. Time is available during class to prepare for the controlled assessment and pupils will be supervised during the completion of the task.

 

Extra Curricular

Young Enterprise encourages learning by doing and has as its slogan – ‘start something’. In the Rainey we have been starting things for almost 20 years with pupils in Lower Sixth given the opportunity to run their own business.

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The School Bank in conjunction with Bank of Ireland gives pupils the opportunity to take control of their money through opening an account.  Sixth Form pupils also experience what is involved in the management of a bank by undergoing selection and training to organise and promote accounts within the school.

 

Junior Quiz League is an opportunity for Key Stage 3 pupils to enter a team and test their General Knowledge over a number of weeks to get their names on the shield presented each year.  Sixth Form pupils can engage in student leadership by helping to organise and run the quiz each week.

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