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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley

Business Studies

Teachers

Mrs G Davey (HOD)
Mrs S McKee
Mrs S Woods
Mr C McAtee
Mrs C McCann

Business studies caters for GCSE Business Studies and at A Level OCR Level 2 National Award in Business and OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Business Applied Business.

The aim of these courses is to provide students with a broad introduction to the business sector and should encourage students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in realistic business contexts, such as discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local businesses.

It also provides students with sufficient depth of understanding to allow them to make informed choices about further study or training after A level.

The Business Studies Department has 1 fully equipped computer room where students can access the internet and use the facilities for a range of activities related to their studies.

GCSE Business Studies

The Business Studies Department offers the GCSE Business Studies course at year 11. The course is equivalent to 1 GCSE.

Aim of the course

The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad introduction to the business sector and should encourage students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding about business in Northern Ireland, such as discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local businesses.

The topics covered include:

  • Business Aims, Types and organisations
  • Production
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Coursework element

The scheme of assessment for the course is as follows:

Coursework one piece 20%
Paper 1 A Case Study 30%
Paper 2 Structured questions 50%
Career opportunities
The GCSE Business Studies offers a qualification that enables learners to continue with further study at A’Level or alternatively to pursue a career in areas such as finance, personnel and marketing within both industry and government agencies.

Examination Board: CCEA

The OCR Level 2 Nationals in Business comprise:

  • OCR Level 2 National Award in Business, same size/level as 2 GCSEs grades A*-C, delivered at GCSE level
  • OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Business, same size/level as 4 GCSEs grades A*-C , delivered as a Post 16 course

These qualifications are designed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the business sector. Suitable for pre- and post-16 candidates, the Award or Certificate will provide them with a high quality, industry-relevant qualification.

Aim of the course

The aim of these courses is to provide students with a high quality, industry-relevant qualification geared to the specific requirements of key sectors. The course provides opportunities to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding which will support entry into the workplace.

  • To achieve this qualification at GCSE level students must complete a total of 3 pieces of coursework throughout the two years of study.
  • To achieve this qualification at Post 16 level students must complete a total of 6 pieces of coursework throughout one year of study.

Career opportunities

The aim of this course is to prepare students for employment in the business sector particularly in job roles where they will be expected to use communication and IT skills, liaise with customers and carry out customer-facing operational roles.

The Level 2 National Award and Certificate in Business also offers students the opportunity to continue with further study at A’Level or alternatively to pursue a career both in industry and in government agencies.

Examination Board: OCR

GCE Applied Business (Single Award)
The Business Studies Department offers the GCE Applied Business (Single Award) at A’ level. The Single Award is equivalent to 1 A level.
Aim of the course
The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad introduction to the business sector and should encourage students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in realistic business contexts, such as discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local businesses.

Career opportunities

It also provides students with sufficient depth of understanding to allow them to make informed choices about further study or training after A level. Students can expect to follow graduate programmes in areas such as finance, personnel and marketing, in industry and commerce, government agencies and other public sector organisations in Northern Ireland and further a field.