Business

Subject Overview

Business is a dynamic and exciting subject which encompasses the four main disciplines of Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Operations Management and Human Resources Management and often allows pupils to find an area they would like to specialise in. It also considers the external environment in which businesses operate.

In our teaching, and in line with our Catholic ethos, we emphasise the social responsibility of business. We also ensure that in Business lessons pupils are given the opportunity to reflect and share their own experiences to aid their learning.

In lessons, we strive to give pupils the knowledge, skills and compassion they will need to be Business leaders of the future and Men and Women for others.

Curriculum

A Level (sixth form)

Business encompasses the four main disciplines of Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Operations Management and Human Resources Management. It also considers the external environment in which businesses operate. Whilst studying Business at Stonyhurst we will emphasise the social responsibility of business both to reflect our catholic ethos and the current importance of firms’ social standing.

You will complete case study work and data response questions, however, there are also many opportunities for practical work including group presentations, “apprentice” style challenges and extended project work. Business relates to every aspect of life, it combines well with any other of A Levels though Business with Economics, Maths, Politics and/or languages are popular choices.

A Level Business AQA

Topics covered at A Level include:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leaders and decision-making
  • Decision-making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision-making to improve financial performance
  • Decision-making to improve operational performance
  • Decision-making to improve human resource performance
  • Strategic decision-making.

 

IB Diploma (sixth form)

IB Diploma Business Management covers:

  • Business organisation and environment
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Marketing & Operations Management

IBCP (sixth form)

Students opting for the IBCP can choose to study the business route, following a marketing pathway.

Topics include:

  • The business environment
  • Working in business
  • Business decisions
  • Customers and communication
  • Marketing and market research
  • Marketing strategy
  • Marketing campaign
  • Change management
  • Principles of project management
  • Delivering a business project.