Business Education within Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is a popular subject which gives a broad knowledge of the world of business and can lead to a variety of jobs as well as further education opportunities. We run courses in each year group from Year 10 to Year 13 and at various levels and with different ways of learning including:
- KS4 (Years 10 & 11) – GCSE Business Studies and BTEC First Award in Business
- KS5 (year 12 one year courses)
- BTEC First Award in Business
- Preparation for Working Life
- Personal Finance
- AS & A2 Business Studies (Years 12 and 13)
- GCE Applied Business Studies (Years 12 and 13)
The Business department is staffed by 3 teachers each with their own expertise in various fields of Business. Mr Barker specialises in Accounts and Finance, Mr E Hughes in Human Resources and Statistics and Mr Fox in Marketing and Business Planning. These teachers have all worked for a number of years in industry before coming into teaching and relate their Business theory to real life Business situations.
In addition to classroom based lessons students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra curricular activities including the IFS national share investment competition, Business Dynamics and NatWest Basic Banking. The department has forged close links with several businesses including Denby Pottery, HSBC Bank, The Royal Mail, National Westminster Bank and Coors Brewery.
Students often develop their own business connections through family and friends and have the opportunity to contrast the small sole trader at one end of the scale of Business ownership with large multinational companies at the other end.
The courses within Business Studies are assessed in different ways. Making the decision to choose at KS5 between either AS/A2 or GCE Applied Business Studies is an important one and should be discussed thoroughly with a member of the Business Studies Department. Both types of courses can lead neatly on to courses in higher education and/or careers in the Business world such as Marketing, Retail, Human Resources, Accounts and other areas.
Business Studies continues to be a popular option at KS4 with a choice of two courses with contrasting styles of learning and assessment. There is the opportunity to use a variety of computer packages to enhance learning as well as making use of a large array of interactive facilities.