The Purbeck School Business Studies Curriculum
Why Study Business Studies at The Purbeck School?
Our aim at The Purbeck School is for every Business Studies student to achieve excellence and experience the creativity, diversity and excitement that studying the subject can offer. Bringing the world of business to life, using up to date, pertinent business examples both within and outside our lessons as well as capitalising on The Purbeck School’s business links to make all students’ learning relevant. Studying Business Studies enables our students to recognise and unlock their entrepreneurial talent that lies within.
How is Business taught?
- KS4 – Students are taught in mixed ability classes for five hours a fortnight.
- KS5 – Students are taught nine hours a fortnight.
All students are taught by Miss K Mason a Business Studies subject specialist
Rationale and ambition for The Purbeck School Business Studies Curriculum:
- One of the aims of the Business curriculum is to bring the world of business to into the classroom. This is achieved using a variety of methods including: through the use of up-to-date business examples, offering sessions that are run by external organisations as well as talks delivered by local businesses. Finally, where appropriate trips are coordinated to enrich student studies.
- We actively encourage the use of entrepreneurial skills where appropriate. These are developed through practical activities offered throughout the course as well as active participation and engagement with enterprise related activities offered throughout the year including: The Tenner Challenge, The Purbeck School Selling event and more besides.
- The Business curriculum develops literacy and numeracy through extended writing from the very outset. There is also a strong focus on application and analysis of statistics and data with the new GCSE specification.
- The curriculum aims to prepare students for life beyond The Purbeck School through the development of skills such as: communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, research and investigation, decision making and presentation skills.
- The curriculum has been designed to ensure rigour and challenge is achieved for all our Business Studies students.
The concepts that The Purbeck School Business Studies curriculum aims to support student progression in are:
- Understanding business concepts, terminology, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of businesses on individuals and the wider society
- Understanding of how to apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and different business contexts, which may be familiar or even unfamiliar and the impact this may have on business decision making.
- Understand how to draw upon evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems.
- Understand how to construct well argued, well-evidenced and balanced arguments demonstrating a wealth and breadth of business knowledge.
- To understand how to develop and apply quantitative and qualitative skills relevant to business.
- National Curriculum – Business Studies: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-business
- GCSE Business specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Business/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/GCSE_Business_Spec_2017.pdf
- OCR Cambridge Technical L3 Extended Certificate specification – https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals/business/#level-3
Long Term Overview
Along with the assistance of local business employers and employees, 30 Year 9 students have now completed session 2 of their DASH Employability Programme delivered by Young Enterprise. A series of fantastic practical sessions designed to make learners consider their skills, attitudes and personal qualities highly
12 Year 12 Business students completed an Insight Day at Bournemouth University on Wednesday 26th February. Students were given a brief and within 2 hours had to prepare a pitch for a new product and a launch event for BU Sport. Students worked collaboratively on their
Some of our talented Year 9 students volunteered to take part The Purbeck Selling Challenge 2019, an internal competition to see how much profit can be generated from the initial start-up fund of £5. Some groups chose to make and sell baked goods others sold handmade
A truly insightful morning learning about how Longleat operates as a business. The conference focused specifically on marketing concepts, using real life examples to support. Students were then able to explore the park, putting theory learned into practice. Year 11 students were even able to experience