Business Studies

Business Studies Department Mission Statement 2020 Ms Foley

“Time to nurture and bring out the best in every person that will build tomorrow’s nation today”.

The vision

The vision of the Business Studies department is passionate to be a preferred destination for energetic transition, inventing and creating more effective processes and ideas in this dynamic business environment. The department focusing on the business holistic approach of the student to business studies by supporting and implementing the shared philosophy of High Performance Learning (HPL) at the British School Alexandria (BSA), while highlighting a clear message to students that “business is everywhere and business is flawless”. Students will aspire to be kind, accountable, strong confident, respectful business leaders on their journey for continuous learning in the future.

Mission statement

Our destination is to prepare students for a deeper understanding of successful business-related careers, fostering intellectual and personal growth, develop skills numeracy and enquiry, application, experiential, online learning and evaluation of their skills. In line with applied research on National and International Business Organisations and active engagement with external stakeholders.

Business studies lessons at BSA are structures to support students to navigate confidently with perseverance through the syllabus, with use of engaging activities and examination- style questions, enabling refection, practice and consolidate the learning to secure the highest possible grades. All business studies lessons at BSA implement the key HPL concepts, to name a few, problem-solving, independence, reasoning, reflection, communicating, strategic planning concerns for society and creativity enabling students to ask questions, build on knowledge learned and reflect on how they would improve and incorporate what they have learned into business idea generation.

The Department strategy

The department will work on a realistic strategy to support the student as risk-takers and problem solvers in their learning of business studies activity in the public and private sectors and how large organisations are set up, managed the department values teaching and learning, and make an attentive impact on student’s orientation. Teaching students as leaders the skills of how to organise, plan, set their own business idea mission and vision for the future, set learning objectives with the application, analysis and evaluation that will be supporting their own clear set-out aims. At AS and A level covering economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Support students in achieving their targets, where they will have a path for the future.

Business Studies Department Aims

The aim of our Business Studies programme here at the BSA is to ensure all students

  • develop competence skills to excel in a broad range of business key terms
  • students are focused and motivated for question-solving within the specified time.
  • engage in business-related events; collaborate orally with the business community and business activities to create crucial links in their learning.
  • lead as Entrepreneurs by example in the world of Global International Business Ethics. 
  • set realistic challenges and targets, monitoring progression and learning outcomes
  • ethos of working towards achieving a high level of personal performance with high expectations for each student ensuring quality feedback
  • rediscover their creative ideas and allows students to implement them into their lives.
  • enhance a level of achievement and concentration using a variety of quality motivational and differentiation approaches to learning to engage active participation students.
  • navigate smoothly through transition key stages of their learning and through the business studies syllabus.     
  • research and discover enhancing activities outside the core curriculum, making business studies enjoyable.

Summary

In summary, the business studies department in line with current business studies learner\s international dynamic market is committed to lead students forward in line with our new vision for High Performance Learning (HPL) at BSA. This new HPL learning will create a business environment for learning with a positive attitude and innovation. Focusing on the principles, competencies and strengths, enquiring, questioning and being independent entrepreneurs, using innovative flexible and reflective thinking. Aspiring to be strong respectful business leaders for the future.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

OVERVIEW OF CURRICULUM IGCSE BUSINESS STUDIES

Key Stage

Year

Curriculum

Examination board code

 

Key stage 4

 

 Year 10

Year 11

 

Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education

(IGCSE)

 

Business studies

(0450)

 

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies (0450)

 NOTE: Students start studying their IGCSE in year 10 assessed with two papers both papers are one hour and thirty minutes each.

Paper 1 short answer and data response       50% 80 marks

Four questions requiring a mixture of short answers and structured data responses

Candidates answer all questions

Externally assessed

Paper II is a case study    50% 80 marks

 Four questions based on a case study provided as an insert with the paper

Candidates answer all questions

Externally assessed

The Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners' understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.

Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at Cambridge International A Level and ideal preparation for the world of work.

Syllabus link:

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-business-studies-0450/

Content overview

1 Understanding business activity

This section introduces the underlying ideas and concepts of business and includes the purpose and nature of the business activity and how businesses can be classified. Enterprise and entrepreneurs, and why some businesses grow while others remain small are further important issues. How business size can be measured, types of business organisation, business objectives and stakeholder objectives are the concluding topics.

2 People in business

The focus is the functional area of human resources and includes the importance and methods of motivating a workforce. How businesses are organised and managed and the methods of recruitment, selection and training of employees are also considered. Finally, the section covers the importance and methods of effective internal and external communication.

3 Marketing

This section includes the role of marketing, the distinctions between niche and mass markets and the techniques of market segmentation. The methods and importance of market research are covered. The central role of the marketing mix, i.e. the four Ps, is made clear. Marketing strategies to influence consumer decisions at home and in new foreign markets are the final topics in this section.

4 Operations management

The focus is the functional area of production and includes the meaning and methods of production and how productivity can be increased. The different costs of production and break-even analysis are covered. The section concludes with the importance and methods of achieving quality in the production process and location decisions of businesses.

5 Financial information and decisions

This finance and accounting section covers the need for and sources of business finance, cash-flow forecasting and working capital. Simple income statements are covered as well as statements of financial position and the analysis of accounts including why and how accounts are used.

6 External influences on business activity

This section focuses on different external influences on business activity and how these impact on a business. It includes government influences on economic, environmental and ethical issues and how they impact on the functional areas of businesses. In addition, the international economy including globalisation and its effects on businesses and governments, multinational businesses and exchange rates are important issues.

Legal constraints are an external influence to be considered but these influences are covered in the relevant functional areas above, as well as in this last section.

KEY STAGE 5

Key stage

Year

Curriculum

Examination board code

Key stage 5

Year 12 AS LEVEL

 

Year 13 A LEVEL

Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Subsidiary Level

Business Studies 9609

Cambridge International AS and A Level Business - 9609

The Business syllabus enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of a business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

From the 2016 examination series, this syllabus will replace Cambridge International AS and A Level Business Studies (9707).

Link:

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-business-9609/past-papers/

Students who progress onto further Higher Education in Business Studies

Students may progress on to further education taking one of the core content of the A

level syllabus. Business studies have a broad range of topics that can be researched in detail. It is an essential subject for any business-related and some language courses. Depending on the country of further study the greater the significance. All courses have an element of business and especially significant an entrepreneur starting up your own business. Some of the areas employing business graduates are Accountancy, advertising, banking, investment and financial services, general management, HR/personnel management consultancy public relations retail management sales and marketing. Business Studies is one of the most international study subjects in the world and is often paired alongside language subjects. Marketing (knowing your audience) is part of the core contents of business studies. This becomes important when students develop products and become entrepreneurs. A variety of career choices, gain a competitive edge, more effectively how to communicate, manage and lead people.

Note: A level students cover everything

AS  AND A LEVEL CONTENT

 AS LEVEL 1 Business and its environment

  • Enterprise
  • Business structure
  • Size of business
  • Business objectives
  • Stakeholders in a business

A LEVEL

  • Business structure
  • Size of business
  • External influences on business activity

 

 AS LEVEL 2 People in organisations

  • Management and leadership
  • Motivation
  • Human resource management

A LEVEL

  • Human resource management
  • Organisational structure
  • Business communication

AS LEVEL 3 Marketing

  • What is marketing?
  • Market research
  • The marketing mix

A LEVEL

  • Marketing planning
  • Globalisation and international marketing

 AS LEVEL 4 Operations and project management

  • The nature of operations
  • Operations planning
  • Inventory management

A LEVEL

 Operations planning

  • Capacity utilisation
  • Lean production and quality management
  • Project management

AS LEVEL Finance and accounting

  • The need for business finance
  • Sources of finance
  • Costs
  • Accounting fundamentals
  • Forecasting cash flows and managing working capital

A LEVEL

  • Costs
  • Budgets
  • Contents of published accounts
  • Analysis of published accounts
  • Investment appraisal

AS LEVEL NO TOPICS 6 Strategic management

[No topics at AS Level]

A LEVEL

  • What is strategic management?
  • Strategic analysis
  • Strategic choice
  • Strategic implementation

Assessment

For Cambridge International AS & A Level Business, candidates:

  • take Papers 1 and 2 only (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification)

or

  • follow a staged assessment route by taking Papers 1 and 2 (for Cambridge International AS Level qualification) in one series, then Paper 3 (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later series

or

  • take Papers 1, 2 and 3 in the same examination series, leading to the full Cambridge International A Level.

All components are externally assessed.