St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

Business Studies

Mrs P Smyth (HOD) 
Mrs Burns
Mrs L McCann
Mrs McGreevy
Mrs O’Neill

The Business Studies Department at St. Louis Grammar School is dedicated to providing pupils with exciting and up to date business knowledge and experience and strives to ensure that all students have the best learning experience through passionate and dedicated staff.   

Business Studies covers all aspects of business activity from marketing human resources to accounting and finance.  Students are provided with the opportunity to develop problem solving, communication and team working skills.  In the Business Studies department, students are encouraged to increase their awareness of current business affairs.  Business theory learnt in lessons is always applied to real life examples.  

It is the aim of the Business Studies department to instill passion in our students.  We provide opportunities for pupils to also learn outside the classroom with regular visits to major businesses like Tayto and Creagh Concrete in order to learn about their operations, interview managers and apply what they are learning in the classroom.

The Department believes personalised learning is an essential ingredient to help pupils achieve their best.  Pupils are encouraged to ask for help, give feedback and work with the teacher to ensure their learning preference is provided.  Pupils are given many opportunities to work in groups, present information, work independently and carry out peer and self-assessment.

The Business Studies Department is a rapidly growing department made up of Business Studies, Economics and BTEC Business.

Business Studies is delivered at GCSE AS and A2 Level

AS/A2 Business Studies is delivered through the CCEA Specification:

AS/A2 Specification at a glance:

Unit

Assessment Format

Duration

Weighing and Marks

Assessment

AS1 Introduction to Business

External written examination; 2 compulsory structured data responses (40 marks each)

1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS
20% of A Level

Summer

AS2 Growing the Business

External written examination; 2 compulsory structured data responses (40 marks each)

1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS
20% of A Level

Summer

A21 Strategic Decision Making

5 compulsory structured data responses (90 marks altogether)

2 hours

30% of A Level

Summer

A2 2: The Competitive Business Environment

External written exam; 6 compulsory structured data responses (90 marks altogether)

2 hours

30% of A Level

Summer

 



GCSE Specification at a glance:
GCSE pupils are following the CCEA specification for GCSE Business Studies

 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

The course, which has a vocational dimension enables pupils to apply their knowledge in realistic business contexts and emphasises the development of the transferable skills necessary in a changing and dynamic working environment.  It is 50% internally assessed and 50% externally assessed.

 

Content

Assessment

When you will undertake this unit

Unit 1 Exploring Business

Internal (3 assignments)

Year 13 September – December

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign

External (exam)

Year 13 Jan – May

Unit 3 Personal & Business Finance

External (exam)

Year 14 September – January

Unit 8 Recruitment

Internal (2 assignments)

Year 14 January - May

 

  
Extra Curricular Activities

There are many extra activities available for Business Studies students.  Some of which include;

Year 14 Enterprise Group - Pupils set up and operate their own business and have different roles and responsibilities.  Pupils are responsible for the marketing, production and selling their chosen product and have a stake in the business from the offset.  In previous years pupils designed and sold St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts, base layer sports tops and music speakers. 
  
Creagh Concrete Visit – Pupils are given a tour of the factory and are invited to interview their enterprising managers.

Tayto NI Visit – Pupils are given a tour of their premises and are invited to interview their enterprising managers.

Generation Innovation – Pupils are selected to represent the NISP Generation Innovation Group in Northern Ireland.

School Bank – After an interview process a number of Business Studies pupils are selected to run a school bank program, where they handle other students’ money and promote the benefits of frequent saving.

IFS Student Investor Challenge - Pupils are given a sum of virtual cash which they use to invest in different companies listed on the Stock Exchange.  Pupils work together in teams to assess the financial position of different companies and to decide which shares they should buy and sell.


Pupils are also given the opportunity to enter a number of competitions both internal and external to the school. 

 

AS & A2 Economics

The Economics Department delivers Economics to both AS and A2 Levels. Students of Economics study how individuals and groups of people make choices about what to do with their limited resources.

Economics is, therefore, not just about money, business and the stock market. Though these are important aspects of the subject, economics also deals with wider social and environmental issues including climate change, globalisation, sustainable development and the distribution of income and wealth.

Students of economics develop a host of practical and transferable skills that benefit them in education and in the world of work. These include critical investigation, analytical thinking, oral and written communication, numeracy, research, ICT and handling of data. What’s more, the potential earnings for students with a degree in Economics are among the highest for all graduates.

A Level Economics is organised into four teaching and learning modules. Candidates for the 'AS' examination are required to study Modules 1, and 2 in Lower Sixth. Candidates for the 'A2' examination are required to study Modules 3 and 4 in Upper Sixth. The content of the modules is set out below;

Unit

Module

Method of assessment

Weighing

Time

AS1

Markets and Market Failure

Written examination; 3 sections.  In Section A, students complete four short answer questions. In Section B, students answer one case study question broken down into a number of parts. In Section C, students answer one extended open response question from a choice of two.

50% of AS
20% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes

AS2

Managing the National Economy

Written examination; 3 sections.  In Section A, students complete six short answer questions. In Section B, students answer one case study question broken down into a number of parts. In Section C, students answer one extended open response question from a choice of two.

50% of AS
20% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes

A21

Business Economics

Written examination; 3 sections.  In Section A, students complete three short answer questions. In Section B, students answer one case study question broken down into a number of parts. In Section C, students answer one open response question from a choice of two.

30% of A Level

2 hours

A22

Managing the economy in a global world

Written examination; 3 sections.  In Section A, students complete four short answer questions. In Section B, students answer one case study question broken down into a number of parts. In Section C, students answer one extended open response question from a choice of two.

30% of A Level

2 hours


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