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Applied Business is a vocational subject designed to give students at EGA life skills which enable them to understand the complex nature of the business environment in an ever changing global world of commerce. Students are inspired to appreciate and develop the valuable knowledge and understanding necessary to become entrepreneurs of the future by being able to make decisions and solve business related problems. The department employs different teaching and learning methods to engage students of different abilities. Technology is extensively used in teaching, i.e. DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, CD Roms and interactive white boards. All lessons are delivered in the Business Suite with thirty workstations. Guest speakers and visits to businesses are integral to the teaching and learning process.
All students of Applied Business are expected to develop an independent approach to learning. Students develop research skills by collecting and analysing data in order to make informed decisions on the business they are investigating.
The department is well resourced and every student receives support according their educational needs. The course is taught in one year. Unit 1 assessed internally under controlled conditions and externally moderated. Unit 2 is assessed externally through examination.
Unit 1: Investigating How Businesses Work: Controlled Assessment
Students select two contrasting businesses – local and national - to research. Students complete a task based on their chosen businesses. The research /investigation will take approximately eight curriculum weeks (a maximum of 24 hours). The final write up, in controlled conditions, will take approximately four curriculum weeks. This unit contributes 60% to the final grade
Unit 2: Financial Records - Externally Assessed (Teaching starts Mid February)
Students sit a one-hour examination, suitable for students of all levels. The exam will have an opening scenario/context and contains structured questions. The questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, short answers and extended answers. This examination will be taken in June and contributes 40% to the final grade.
Study at Home for KS4
Edexcel GCSE Applied Business by Carol Carysforth, Rob Dransfield, Mike Neild and Catherine Richards
- Visit to Argent
- Hogan Lovells
- Workshop by Hogan Lovells at EGA
- Visit from Argent by Angela Jewell (Workshop)
- Saturday Revision class
- Easter Revision class