The Business, Computer Science and Information Technology Department of John Kyrle High School is dedicated to preparing students for a rapidly changing world by developing each student’s knowledge and experience in business, computing and information technology. We believe the skills and ethics taught are necessary for active, life-long participation in a global, informational society—fostering success in one’s personal life, college study and career choice.
Business is taught in Years 10 to 13. Business Studies students investigate how businesses operate and examine the contribution made by the finance, operations, human resources and marketing departments to the success of their organisations. In addition, students also explore the external environment that businesses operate in to understand how factors such as interest rates, competition, legislation and social trends can affect businesses.
Miss C Williams, Head of Business, email: BusinessStudies@jkhs.org.uk
Miss V Bradford, Teacher of Business and Computer Science
Mrs C Clarkson, Teacher of Business, Child Development and Design Technology
Miss Catrin Williams
Head of BCC
(Business, Computing and Child Development)
Key Stage 4
BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise is offered which comprises of 3 units; Exploring Enterprises, Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity, Promotion and finance for Enterprise.
Enterprise is an important part of the business sector and plays a major role in the UK’s global economic status. The role of entrepreneurs is to help create wealth for the nation and its citizens through the creation of enterprises that innovate and grow the economy. There are nearly 5 million such businesses in the UK, employing around 14.4 million people. In 2015, small- and medium-sized enterprises contributed £24bn to the UK economy.
What does the qualification cover?
This qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about enterprise and entrepreneurship. You will learn about the ideas, mindsets and successes of enterprises and entrepreneurs. You will learn about planning, finance, including cash flows, and how to take a product to market. You will develop an idea for a small enterprise of your own and plan how best to set it up and fund it. You will work with others in order to run a small enterprise, using your knowledge and building your entrepreneurial skills.
During the course you will also develop important skills that are useful in any industry, such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, team working and communication.
View the specification here.
Key Stage 5
In Year 12 students will examine a broad range of areas relating to business organisation, operation and performance. These will be covered in the following six topic areas:
What is business?
Managers, leadership and decision making
Decision Making to improve marketing performance
Decision Making to improve operational performance
Decision Making to improve financial performance
Decision Making to improve human resource performance
There will be two written examinations at the end of Year 12:
Paper 1 (1 ½ hours) contains multiple choice questions, short answer and data response questions.
Paper 2 (1 ½ hours) is one compulsory case study consisting of seven questions. These make up the AS qualification.
The full A Level qualification consists of the all the content of the AS qualification plus the following topic areas:
Choosing strategic direction
Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change
There are three examinations for the A Level qualification:
Paper 1 (2 hours) contains multiple choice, short answer questions and two essay questions.
Paper 2 (2 hours) contains three compulsory data response questions.
Paper 3 (2 hours) contains one compulsory case study followed by six questions.
View the specification here.