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Business Education

Subject Leader: Mrs M Moore

The Business Education Department at Coppice Performing Arts School gives students the opportunity to explore a vocational area that can form a building block towards a future career. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their own learning through the promotion of independent learning.

Learning Environment & Resources

All students have ICT access during Business Studies lessons enabling them to use a range of ICT packages including the Microsoft Office suite to produce assignments. Students are also able to access core text books and a range of DVD's highlighting how real businesses deal with day to day issues. These resources allow students to understand the business contexts taught in their units.

Business Studies teachers are available to students who want extra support/tuition at lunch times and after school. Coursework Clinics are run after school where students are encouraged to improve their grade potential by enhancing coursework content. All Business groups are of a mixed ability.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students at Key Stage 4 have three business studies lessons each week. The following option courses are available:

GCSE Business Studies

Students complete three units of work during this two year course. There are two terminal examinations and one internally assessed coursework element. The Course is worth one GCSE grade A* - E.

BTEC Award

Students complete two core units and two optional units during this two year course. An externally assessed component accounts for 25% of the total mark.

This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE graded A* - C.

Post 16 (Years 12 and 13)

Post 16 students have five business studies lessons each week. The following courses are available:

BTEC Extended Certificate & Diploma

Students complete four units for the Extended Certificate and 8 units for the Diploma. The Extended Certificate compromises one external exam, one externally assessed coursework and two internally assessed coursework units. The Diploma compromises two external exam's, two externally assessed coursework and four internally assessed coursework units.

Students study a range of topics such as Exploring Business, Personal and Business Finance, Developing a Marketing Campaign and Recruitment & Selection. This course is equivalent to 1 A Level, graded A* - E.

Extra-curricular activity, trips, events, clubs, community links

Some students are selected to attend a Business Enterprise Challenge which gives an opportunity to develop entrepreneurship, teamwork and leadership skills.