Business Department Curriculum Intent
The overall aim of delivering this curriculum is to help our students to gain the necessary skills to be able to take their place in the financial and non-financial world of work and be prepared for the jobs of the future.
We aim to do this by following the A Level specification, which will give the students the necessary technical skills to achieve strong grades and progress to university. As part of this curriculum, we aim to instil our students with a passion for Business though bringing real world economic issues into our lessons, encouraging students to conduct regular outside research and providing them with curriculum enhancement opportunities such as educational trips to the Bank of England and outside speakers from various financial institutions. This will also give then transferrable skills like problem solving, team working, making judgements; this will be achieved in the delivery of lessons and getting students to think critically about the subject.
At key stage 4, we follow the OCR Cambridge National course in Enterprise and Marketing. The aim of delivering this course is to help our students gain an in depth understanding of business acumen and the skills needed to run a successful business. Students are introduced to a wide range of business examples through case studies and understanding how key functional areas operate within a business. Students learn about techniques businesses use to understand their market and develop products, investigate what makes a product viable and understand how businesses attract and retain customers. The course has both an examination and vocational element, which complements A-Level or vocational courses students may take in Key Stage 5.
At A-Level we follow the AQA specification for Business at Sacred Heart. We do so as we feel that the specification and assessment are suitably challenging and interesting for the students. We also have nearly 10 years marking experience in the department with AQA so we feel this gives our students the best possible access to their study of these subjects. We enter students for the AQA AS Business examinations; this gives students the benefit of the added rigour of the externally assessed exams, while the content and skills required map very well onto the overall A Level curriculum. The Year 13 Scheme of Work builds on the work the students have done in the preparation for their AS examinations.