We use businesses everyday, we earn money from them, we spend money in them and they influence the economy we live in. When you study business, it will help you build an array of skills to use in your future education and employment.
In the Business department we believe in progress for all, so we offer a variety of courses, to better meet the learning needs of our students. We explore a variety of topic areas which will enforce understanding of business operations in the UK and across the world.
Our courses consist of:
- GCSE Business
- BTEC level 2 in Enterprise
- A Level Business
- A Level Economics
“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama
The Framework of our intent
The aim of our Business Curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to develop their employability and identify business problems and opportunities.
The aim of our Economics curriculum is to develop students’ understanding of how the local / national / global economy works through analysing economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.
How will we reach these aims?
We do this by quality first teaching which ensures students understand underlying Economic and Business theory which students apply to a variety of familiar and unfamiliar case studies.
We want students to be able to think analytically, reach logical conclusions based on data, and make judgements on future changes to markets and the economy.
Our curriculum goes far beyond what is taught in lessons, for whilst we want students to achieve the very best examination results possible, we believe our curriculum goes beyond what is examinable.
Our curriculum in Economics and Business studies supports the ethos statement of the school. Students are constantly challenged to work collaboratively and think independently when engaging in all lessons and class debates.
Through teacher modelling, we encourage our students to demonstrate manners, respect and tolerance in Economics and Business studies lessons. This allows students to express themselves in a confident manner.
Lesson materials are engaging to promote topical discussion and encourage students to develop an enquiring mind.
As a knowledge based curriculum we believe that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skills; both are entwined. Content is delivered to students and then built upon through a variety of practice questions, with regular quality feedback being given to support.
Student progress. The knowledge acquired then allows students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.
Guilsborough Academy Vision
How we embed this
We aspire to be our best and to do our best for others
Teacher work hard in department to create a learning environment based on trust, tolerance and honesty.
We respect ourselves and others
As a team of teachers who work hard to engage our learners. We work together and constant learn from each other, learning about the business and economic environment.
Our learning knows no limits
Like the quote above we encourage risk and learning from failure.
We are global citizens ready for the 21st Century
Learning about current issues in business and how we can approach them in a well-rounded ethical manor, using business examples from other cultures. Our discussions allow students to be open and understand each other and different cultural references in business.
Our Business Studies curriculum journey shows how we develop the skills of our students and the topics the students cover in each year. Click on our learning journey below to view it in more detail.
What is Business Studies like at Guilsborough?
Please watch our short video to see what studying Business Studies at Guilsborough is like.
In BTEC Business you do more course work and just one examination. I enjoy this as I can manage my time better.
George, Year 10 student
In GCSE Business you learn how businesses manage money and the best ways to make a profit. The teachers use lots of real-life examples to help you understand.
Jake, year 10 student
GCSE Business Studies interest me as it gave me an insight into the world of business.
Jamie, year 12 student
Business as a subject helped me understand the inner workings of society and expand upon my own knowledge. It leads on to other areas which helped solidify my learning.
Thomas, year 13 student
Where will Business Studies take me past Year 11?
You will use business in all aspects of your life. Some of you may wish to study Business or Economics further in our sixth form by choosing to study one of the following courses;
Please click on the different courses to explore studying these subjects at Guilsborough Sixth Form.
Business and Economics is also used in many other subjects studied at sixth form and in degrees such at Politics, Maths, History and Social Sciences such as Psychology and Sociology. The subject area can be combined with many other A levels to widen understanding and contribute to the development of becoming a global citizen.
When you enter the world of work, whether after Year 11, sixth form or university, you will find that Business and Economics is used in many careers such as;
- Accountancy and banking
- Any form of employment
Please visit our Careers Guidance page for more information
Useful resources to support learning in Business Studies
These resources are useful for students to help consolidate knowledge learnt in lessons and to aid revision ;
CGP Revision Guide
GCSE Business Edexcel Revision Guide - for the Grade 9-1 Course by CGP are revision guides endorsed by the exam board for the GCSE Business qualification.
Explore CGP revision guides for Business by clicking here.
BTEC Revision Guide
Revise BTEC Tech Award Enterprise Revision Guide by Steve Jakubowski is a good revision guide to accompany the BTEC business course
Explore BTEC revision guides by clicking here