Business Studies & Economics

Head of Business Studies and Economics: Mrs Hajamaideen
Teachers: Mrs Dabb

 

KS5 Business Studies

Where are you on the grades ladder?

What do you need to do to move up a rung on the ladder?

AS LEVEL/YEAR 1

 

 

AO1

A02

A03

A04

 

 

A

 

 

Demonstrate knowledge and

understanding of key business

concepts contained in the

AS/Year 1 specification, with no significant omissions

Demonstrate the ability to apply relevant

knowledge to familiar and

unfamiliar business contexts consistently, while linking additional elements of the business scenario.

 

Demonstrating a thorough knowledge and

understanding of the issues arising from these situations.

Analyse problems, issues and situations by:

 

Building up  a  well-developed ,logical chain of arguments that clearly addresses the issues

 

Using appropriate numerical and non-numerical techniques in combination.

 

 

Distinguish between fact and opinion reaching a conclusion/judgement that clearly addresses the question.

 

Critically assess the appropriateness

of information from a variety of sources

 

Make a reasoned evaluation

of the sources considered : Weighing and prioritising evidence/arguments.

 

Considering the extent or scope or dependency of the judgement.

B

Demonstrate knowledge and

understanding of key business

concepts contained in the

AS/Year 1 specification, with few significant omissions

Demonstrate the ability to apply relevant knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar business contexts, while linking additional elements of the business scenario.

 

Demonstrating a thorough knowledge and

understanding of the issues arising from these situations.

Analyse problems, issues and situations by:

 

Building a logical chain of arguments that clearly addresses the issues

 

Using appropriate numerical and non-numerical techniques.

 

Distinguish between fact and opinion reaching a conclusion/judgement that clearly addresses the question.

 

Critically assess the appropriateness

of information from a variety of sources

 

Make a reasoned evaluation

of the sources considered : Weighing and prioritising evidence/arguments.

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

Demonstrate a basic

knowledge and some

understanding of business

concepts contained in the AS/Year 1 specification.

The ability to apply a secure level of relevant knowledge to familiar business contexts

 

Some knowledge and

understanding of the issues arising from these situations.

Partial analysis of

problems, issues and situations by:

 

• Building up arguments

 

• Occasional use of appropriate numerical

and non-numerical techniques.

Make some distinction

between fact and opinion reaching a conclusion/judgement.

 

Assess at a basic level the appropriateness of information from one or more sources

 

Make a partial evaluation of the sources considered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AO1

A02

A03

A04

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

Demonstrate precise

knowledge and understanding

of key business concepts

drawn from the A2

specification, with no omissions

 

Demonstrate consistently a knowledge

and understanding of the

interconnections between

business concepts, considering the synoptic nature of the subject.

Effective application of

relevant knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar business contexts. consistently, while linking additional elements of the business scenario.

 

A thorough knowledge and understanding of the issues arising from these situations.

Critically analyse business problems, issues and situations

by:

 

Building up  a  well-developed ,logical chain of arguments that clearly addresses the issues. In particular relating to analysing and developing business strategy.

 

Using appropriate numerical and non-numerical techniques in combination.

 

Distinguish between fact and opinion reaching a conclusion/judgement that clearly addresses the question.

 

Critically assess the appropriateness

of information from a wide variety of sources

 

Make a well-reasoned evaluation

of the sources considered : Weighing and prioritising evidence/arguments.

 

Considering the extent or scope or dependency of the judgement.

 

 

 

 

B

Demonstrate

knowledge and understanding

of key business concepts

drawn from the A2

specification, with few omissions

 

Demonstrate a knowledge

and understanding of the

interconnections between

business concepts, considering the synoptic nature of the subject.

Effective application of

relevant knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar business contexts, while linking additional elements of the business scenario.

 

Knowledge and understanding of the issues arising from these situations.

Critically analyse problems, issues and situations by:

 

Building a logical chain of arguments that clearly addresses the issues. In particular relating to analysing and developing business strategy.

 

Using appropriate numerical and non-numerical techniques.

 

Distinguish between fact and opinion reaching a conclusion/judgement that clearly addresses the question.

 

Critically assess the appropriateness

of information from a wide variety of sources

 

Make a well-reasoned evaluation

of the sources considered : Weighing and prioritising evidence/arguments

 

 

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

Demonstrate knowledge

and some understanding of

business concepts drawn from

the A2 specification

 

Demonstrate some

knowledge and understanding

of the interconnections between business concepts.

The application of relevant knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar business contexts.

 

Some knowledge and

understanding of the issues arising from these situations.

Provide an analysis of

business problems, issues and situations by:

Building up arguments

using appropriate numerical and non-numerical techniques

 

Outlining and assessing a business strategy

Make some distinction

between fact and opinion reaching a conclusion/judgement.

 

Assess at a basic level the appropriateness of information from several sources

 

Make a partial evaluation of the sources considered.

A LEVEL/YEAR 2

BLP

Overall the 4Rs are incorporated intrinsically into most lesson/lesson activities.

 

Resourcefulness

Students are expected to be creative in the manner they contextualise the theory e.g. developing and pitching their own business ideas.  Students are expected to maintain a purposeful set of notes evidencing additional work outside of lessons reflecting their specific needs.

 

Resilience

Students are expected to seek and accept critical feedback often in variety of peer, self and teacher assessed tasks. This may take a variety of forms, from dragon’s den style feedback to topic assessment feedback.

 

Reciprocity

Students are expected to work cooperatively in a variety of ways, often involving key business skills such as job roles, delegation, styles communication & leadership etc. This may involve group investigations of local businesses, paired assessment, forming business partnerships etc.  Students should be willing to work and operate outside of lessons as a network helping to share resources/ideas and key learning points.

 

Reflection

Students are expected to informally reflect on an on-going basis but also to reflect formally in a structured manner:

 

  1.  

    As part of a structured task in every lesson.

  2.  

    On feedback from their class work and home work.

     

  3.  On end of topic assessments, where post assessment, students complete a performance review to track and develop their learning.

     

    PROGRESS/ATTAINMENT GRADES

    How are they derived?                                     

    Students take a test* for every chapter and in addition at least one mock examination for each unit.

    *Tests are usually a combination of knowledge questions and past paper exam questions.


Year 9 Business Studies

Where are you on the grades ladder?

What do you need to do to move up a rung on the ladder?

 

 

 

7-8

 

 

  • Candidates will have to demonstrate all of the criteria set out in the 6-7 grade box, plus the ability to recall the relevant subject content with faultless accuracy. Apply this knowledge to unfamiliar problems and issues, demonstrating a wider knowledge of Business Studies gained from reading beyond the usual range of texts supplied.
  • They will also be able to clearly and accurately communicate their ideas with a very high degree of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • To intuitively combine numerical and non-numerical techniques to support chains of reasoning
  • Be able to consider the extent or scope or dependency of the judgement in which they reach

 

 

6-7

 

 

  • Candidates demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the full range of specification content.
  • They apply this knowledge and critical understanding, using terms, concepts, theories and quantitative methods effectively to address problems and issues.
  • They select and organise information from a wide variety of sources and interpret and use this information effectively to analyse problems and issues with a high degree of accuracy.
  • They also evaluate evidence effectively Making a reasoned evaluation of the sources considered by Weighing and prioritising evidence/arguments

 

 

5-6

 

 

  • Candidates demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the specification content with few significant omissions.
  • They can apply this knowledge and understanding to a wide variety of problems while linking additional elements of the business scenario
  • Build a logical chain of arguments that clearly addresses the issues using appropriate numerical and non-numerical techniques
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar are applied effectively
  • Candidates can critically assess the appropriateness of information from a variety of sources and form reasoned judgements

 

 

4-5

 

 

  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of most aspects of the specification content.
  • They apply this knowledge and understanding, using terms, concepts, theories and methods appropriately to address problems and issues in a wide variety of contexts.
  • They select, organise, interpret and use information from a variety of sources to analyse problems and issues with some accuracy.
  • They also make reasoned judgements and present conclusions that are supported with evidence using numerical data comfortably

 

How to improve your grade:

  1. Listen to/read the advice of your teacher and act upon it
  2. Put 100% into all of your work.
  3. Listen and concentrate in class.
  4. Take a proactive approach to lessons i.e. contributing and reflecting consistently
  5. Maintain a tidy and organised folder
  6. Revise thoroughly for regular assessments
  7. Ask questions if you are having difficulty.
  8. Ensure you answer all exam questions within context to the case study given where appropriate
  9. Ensure a depth of analysis (cause and effect) in context that can support a thorough end conclusion (a full paragraph)
  10. Recall key formula and perform calculations to support chains of analysis

     

    BLP

    Overall the 4Rs are incorporated intrinsically into most lesson/lesson activities.

     

    Resourcefulness

    Students are expected to be creative in the manner in which they contextualise the theory e.g. developing and pitching their own business ideas.  This is extended to students own care and maintenance of learning materials i.e. their exercise book/folder and textbook.

     

    Resilience

    Students are expected to seek and accept critical feedback often in variety of peer, self and teacher assessed tasks. This may take a variety of forms, from dragon’s den style feedback to topic assessment feedback.

     

    Reciprocity

    Students are expected to work cooperatively in a variety of ways, often involving key business skills such as job roles, delegation, styles communication & leadership etc. This may involve group investigations of local businesses, paired assessment, forming business partnerships etc.

     

    Reflection

    Students are expected to informally reflect on an on-going basis but also to reflect formally in a structured manner:

     

  1.  

    As part of a structured task in every lesson.

  2.  

    On feedback from their class work and home work.

     

  3.  On end of topic assessments, where post assessment, students complete a performance review to track and develop their learning.

     

    PROGRESS/ATTAINMENT GRADES

    How are they derived?

    Every student will take an exam style* test for every topic, in addition they will be given one possibly two full mock examinations in a year.**

    Students will also be given in class tests focussed on knowledge and or project work to replicate their learning which will influence their ATL scores.

     

    *exam style test – based on past paper questions for that topic from a variety of exam boards given the new nature of assessment

     

    **Yr9 – partial theme 1 mock, Y10 One full theme 1 mock and one partial theme 2 mock (with perhaps an additional mock on either unit if required. The mock will follow the same format as the intended exam (yet to be accredited at time of writing)