Business Studies is a fascinating and dynamic subject which teaches pupils the principles and theories behind business management and the practices behind running a successful business. The Business Studies curriculum at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is intended to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills required to become outstanding employees or indeed employers. We help to develop the range of thinking and learning skills necessary for examination success, but we go beyond that. We strive to create the innovators of the future, by providing every pupil with the opportunity to develop 21st Century employability skills.
At the heart of everything we do is a strong emphasis on nurturing and supporting individual students to achieve excellence within Business Studies.
Over the years the department has forged strong links with numerous organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, 02 at Preston Brook, Manchester Airport, Alton Towers, Hays Recruitment as well as independent businesses. These organisations bring teaching and learning to life in the form of visits and case studies.
Business Studies is offered at both KS4 and KS5.
The department is proud to have results at GCSE and Key Stage 5 which are consistently and significantly above national average and is a popular option amongst sixth form students. A number of our sixth form students progress to study business-related disciplines at university. Students who have studied Business at OBA have gone on to secure careers in:
- Banking, investment and financial services
- General management
- Management consultancy
- Public relations
- Retail management
|Leader of Business Studies|
We have fully equipped computer suits as well as a library of resources. The department has a vast amount of employer engagement opportunities to bring the subject to life.
Level 2 BTEC Award in Business and Enterprise (Years 9 – 11)
Students will study three units:
Component 1: Exploring Enterprises - 30% of overall mark
Students will examine different enterprises to develop knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs. This component is coursework based.
Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity – 30% of overall mark
Students will explore ideas, plan and pitch a micro-enterprise activity to an audience, and use feedback to review their business plan. This component is coursework based.
Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (externally assessed) – 40% of overall mark
Students are required to analyse and interpret information in relation to an enterprise and to make recommendations on strategies to use to improve the performance of the enterprise. This component is exam based.
Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Business (Years 12 and 13):
This qualification is 100% coursework and is offered as a single and double award. Units offered include: the business environment, introduction to marketing, financial accounting, human resource management, employment law, ICT in a business, entrepreneurship and project management.
There are a range of support sessions that run after school for pupils in both key stages. Additional revision enrichment classes are available for all students before they sit important exams and when coursework deadlines approach. For key stage three, the department collaborates with Design Technology each year to participate in the Dragons’ Den enterprise competition run by Manchester Airport.
Every year group has a curriculum offer that is enriched with real world links:
Year 9 – Visit to Manchester Airport and participation in the Enterprise Programme from Everton Football Club in the Community
Year 10 – Visit to Alton Towers to understand how Marketing and Finance is used in their organisation
Year 12 & – Visits to Jaguar Land-Rover, Hays Recruitment, The Bentley Brook Inn, organisation of the Year 13 Leavers’ Event and market research with Costco
Business Studies staff offer a plethora of support which includes
- Enrichment sessions after school
- Drop in sessions
- Saturday academy sessions
- Twilight sessions…Domino’s Pizza provided!
- Enrichment during school holidays
- Email support
- Online learning using the Seneca Learning app
- Revision books sold at cost price
“Businesses are all around us and we interact with businesses every day of our lives – the adverts we see on TV, the clothes that we wear, the food that we eat and the money we spend all involve businesses. Every major business out there was once just an idea in an entrepreneur’s mind that became a success.”
Mr L Hussey, Leader of Business Studies