The Business Studies Department aims to provide pupils with a sound knowledge of business principles, in order that they can understand better the world in which they live and develop their ability to think as entrepreneurs.

“Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard”.

Danny Meyer

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful”.

Albert Schweitzer

 

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Aims of the Business Studies Department


  • In addition to achieving academic excellence and examination success in Business Studies, we want our students to receive a unique insight into the world of work.
  • Through their study, our students discover how businesses in Northern Ireland and further afield operate and the essential functions of a successful Business Enterprise.
  • Business Studies aims to prepare students for life-long learning by implementing classroom strategies, such as setting open ended challenges and promoting independent learning.

 

Staff


  • Mrs Morgan (Head of Department) 
  • Mrs Mitchell

 

Business Studies Courses Choices


The Business Studies Department offers students a broad range of courses in an effort to meet the needs of all learners at both Key Stage 4 and Post 16, including;

  • GCSE Business Studies (CCEA)
  • GCE A’ Level Business Studies (CCEA)
  • GCE Applied Business Studies (CCEA)

 

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Extra-Curricular Provision


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In recognition of the practical and dynamic nature of the Business Studies Curriculum and the importance of stimulating entrepreneurship, the Department engages in a wide range of relevant activities and events, therefore contributing extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision by planning and organising:

  • Industrial Visits to organisations such as Wrap and Roll, Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, Centra and a range of Outlets within The Horatio Group Ltd, including the King’s Head and Denvirs, as well as AIB ‘The Lab’.

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  • Business Enterprise Activities for Year 13 and 14 students and
  • Opportunities to participate in various competitions including; The Dermot Curran Award and the AIB Build a Bank Challenge.

 

Career Pathways


Business Studies is a valuable subject which has allowed our students to progress into a wide variety of careers pathways, including;

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GCSE

 

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Business Studies is a dynamic and real life subject and it provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Business Studies helps students understand more about how and why businesses operate in the way that they do. Through its study, students discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions, including; Marketing, Production, Human Resource Management and Financial Management.

The Business Studies Department offers Business Studies at GCSE Level and we follow the CCEA specification.

 

GCSE Business Studies Course Structure


 Units  Assessment Arrangements  Percentage Weighting  Availability

 Unit 1:

 Business Start-Up

 Externally Assessed Written

 examination at end of Year 11

 (1 hour 20 minute Exam)

 35%  25th May 2016

 Unit 2:

 Business Development

 Externally Assessed Written

 Examination at end of Year 12

 (1 hour 40 minute Exam)

 40%  10th June 2016
 Controlled Assessment  Interally Assessed Synoptic Unit  25%  

 

Overview of Unit Content


Unit 1: Business Start-Up

This unit aims to focus pupils on business start-up and the importance of the role of the entrepreneur. This unit also looks at business organisations, how they access finance, what they produce and how their product is marketed.

Unit 2: Business Development

This unit aims to focus pupils on management accounting techniques and how this knowledge helps an entrepreneur to make decisions. It also focuses on how human resources are managed, how a business may develop and grow and the components of a business plan, including reason for developing a business plan.

Unit 2 also comprises of a Controlled Assessment which is completed in Year 12 where pupils will have the opportunity to undertake 12 hours research, in order to assist them in the write up of the Controlled Assessment tasks.


Applied A-Level

St. Patrick’s Grammar School offers the CCEA Applied Business Studies Specification which incorporates both AS and A2 levels.

Applied Business provides students with a better understanding of business through active participation in the business environment.

 

AS Applied Course Structure


This course choice requires students to study three units at AS level and the assessment arrangements are summarised in the table below;

 Units  Assessment Arrangements  Percentage Weighting  Availability

 AS Unit 1:

 The Enterprising Business

 Interally Assessed

 Portfolio Unit

 33.3%  

 AS Unit 2:

 The Enterprising Manager

 Internally Assessed

 Portfolio Unit

 33.3%  

 AS Unit 3:

 External Influences on the
 Business Environment
 Externally Assessed Written
 Examination

 (1 hour 30 min Exam)

 33.3% of AS  19th May 2016

 

Overview of Unit Content


Unit 1: The Enterprising Business

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to study a business in order to assess the extent to which you consider it to be enterprising. Students will research how businesses manage their 
operations and investigate how risk is managed in order to minimise its affect.

Unit 2: The Enterprising Manager

In this unit, students will explore, describe and analyse the roles, skills, abilities and 
characteristics of the Enterprising Manager. In addition, students will have an opportunity to learn how an enterprising manager managing people, finance, resources and evaluate the 
different styles of management.

Unit 3: External Influences on the Business Environment

In this unit, students will discover that there are many external influences on business 
enterprise in Northern Ireland. Students will explore a wide range of external influences and investigate how businesses work in national and international markets.

 

A2 Applied Course Structure


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St. Patrick’s Grammar School offers the CCEA Applied Business Studies Specification which incorporates both AS and A2 levels.

The A2 course requires students to study three units at A2 level and the assessment arrangements are summarised in the table below:

 Units  Assessment Arrangements  Percentage Weighting  Availability

 A2 Unit 7:

 Finance

 Externally Assessed Written
 Examination

 (1 hour 30 mins Exam)

 33.3% of A2  24th June, 2016

 A2 Unit 9:

 Enterprise in Practice

 Internally Assessed Portfolio
 Unit
 33.3% of A2  

 A2 Unit 2:

 Investing in People

 Internally Assessed Portfolio
 Unit
 33.3% of A2  

 

Overview of Unit Content


Unit 7: Finance

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to study the more practical aspects of business finance and decision-making. Students will be required to prepare the final accounts for businesses and examine, analyse and interpret the accounts in order to find out the financial ‘health’ of a business.

Unit 9: Enterprise in Practice

In this unit, students will study all aspects of how a business is run and they will have the opportunity to plan, organise and run a mini-enterprise. This will include the processes, attractions and the risks involved in setting up a business.

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Unit 10: Investing in People

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to examine the detail of how the business enables its people to grow, develop and succeed. This will involve students explaining a range of motivational theories and considering the extent to which they can be applied to a chosen medi-um sized business in the locality.

 

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A Level

St. Patrick's Grammar School offers the CCEA GCE A' Level Business Studies Specification which incorporates AS and A2 levels.

AS GCE A-Level Course Structure


 Units  Assessment Arrangements    Percentage Weighting    Availability 

 AS Unit 1:

 The Competitive Business

 Externally Assessed Written
 Examination

 (1 hour 30 minute Exam)

 50% of AS

 25% of A2

 14th June 2016 

 AS Unit 2:

 Managing Business Resources 

 Externally Assessed Written
 Examination

 (1 hour 30 minute Exam) 

 50% of AS

 25% of A2 

 22nd June 2016 

 

Overview of Unit Content


AS Unit 1: The Competitive Business

In this unit, students acquire a critical understanding of the central purpose of business activity and become familiar with the different forms of business organisations that exist. Students are expected to acquire a critical understanding of the marketing and operations management functions within business organisations.

 

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AS Unit 2: Managing Business Resources

In this unit, students acquire a critical understanding of the impact of various management and organisation structures for a business and its employees. They also study the role of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision-making and financial control.

 

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A2 GCE A-Level Course Structure


The A2 GCE course requires students to study two units at A2 Level and the assessment arrangements are summarised in the table below;

 Units  Assessment Arrangements  Percentage Weighting  Availability

 A2 Unit 1:

 Making Business Decisions

 Externally Assessed Written
 Examination

 (2 hour Exam)

 25% of A2  19th May 2016 

 AS Unit 2:

 The Changing 
 Business Environment
 Externally Assessed Written
 Examination

 (2 hour Exam)

 25% of A2  24th May 2016 

 

Overview of Unit Content


Unit 1: Making Business Decisions

The aim of this unit is to ensure students can recognise potential conflict between the objectives of different stakeholder groups and suggest and evaluate resolutions to such conflict. They must also appreciate the role of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision making and financial control.

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Unit 2: The Changing Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to ensure that students understand the macroeconomic and internation-al framework within which businesses operate. It acknowledges the unique culture of each organisation, yet recognizes that they are all bound by the same social responsibilities and eth-ics. This unit examines how businesses are affected by and react to this dynamic environment, taking particular account of the relationship which exists between the various stakeholders of the business.

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