Students do not follow a discrete Business Studies programme at KS3, but enterprise is covered as part of the PSD curriculum at various stages throughout the key stage. This culminates in students participating in a three day ‘Industry Days’ project towards the end of year 9.
Business Studies is not offered at GCSE, however students do cover enterprise and personal finance education as part of their on-going PSD programme in years 10 and 11.
We offer AQA Business Studies. This is a popular course where students develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve, and the process of adding value. The subject draws on a variety of disciplines, and would be a suitable accompaniment to a range of other A-level courses.
At AS level, the specification introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then explores the key internal functions of business and how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness and performance of a business.
Topics include: starting a business, financial planning, managing a business, people in business, operations management, and marketing and the competitive environment.
At A2 level, the specification considers strategies for larger businesses and how these strategies may change according to circumstances. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.
Topics include: functional objectives and strategies, financial strategies and accounts, marketing, operations and human resource strategies, corporate aims and objectives, and assessing changes in the business environment
Young Enterprise is the regular extra-curricular project provided for year 12 students who set up their own business with support from the school and a mentor from industry. The department also organises a range of trips and competitions which are advertised to students during the year. In the past these have included visits to revision days in London, visits to the BMW Mini Plant in Oxford, and a conference in Disneyland Paris. Salisbury city centre is host to a wide range of businesses and lessons are provided for students actively participate in primary research into different aspects of these businesses.