Understanding business is fundamental to most careers these days and many of our students who undertake the GCSE course have an interest in business and perhaps would like to start their own one day. The department is housed in newly refurbished accommodation in the historic core of Queen's College. 'The Covers', as it is known, comprises purpose-designed classrooms fully equipped with the latest technology to enable the department to make full use of its innovative learning environment (LE) materials, case studies and DVD/television programmes. Business Studies begins in Year 10 and students do not need to have studied business before taking the course.
Students participate in a range of visits to local businesses such as Swallowfield, political institutions including the Houses of Parliament and academic lectures like the Philip Allan conferences in London. There is the opportunity for students to take part in inter-school competitions, including Target 2.0 Bank of England Competition.
GCSE Business focuses on the developing of a student's ability to solve problems with the emphasis on the justification of their own solutions and understanding that no one solution is ever the right answer. As a result GCSE Business is very much a skills-based rather than a knowledge-based course.
Basic business knowledge covered by the specification is merely a tool to be used in the analysis of the problem and the justification of the suggested solution.
One key element is the knowledge and understanding of the features of business activity from the viewpoint of different individuals, for example producers, consumers, shareholders, employees and society.