Business Studies

Business Studies plays a vital part in preparing Westwood students for life beyond school. It is a hugely relevant and useful subject to study, whether students continue into further education or take up employment in the workplace. In Business Studies, students develop an understanding of a wide range of topics, looking at business from the point of view of the managers, employees or consumers, including the different ways that companies persuade us to buy something that we didn’t know we wanted!

In Business Studies, students will learn about the working environment that they are all likely to enter into. Employers are making their views increasingly clear nowadays: they want young people with vocational skills, relevant knowledge and the ability to work independently.

The purpose of Business Studies at Westwood is to help students to:

  • Improve their knowledge of current affairs through research and discussion of business activity in the news;
  • Use a range of media resources to research local, national and global organisations;
  • Improve their confidence through involvement in class discussions on current topics;
  • Develop their problem solving skills by analysing evidence and drawing conclusions;
  • Organise and manage their own workload, working towards deadlines throughout the course.

Beyond the classroom:

Business Studies is involved in the extra-curricular life of the college, achieving success in the Young Enterprise competition and in Management Team Games at Staffordshire University. There are strong links with local businesses which adds relevance to the work of the department.

Curricular offering:

Business Studies is taught by a team of experienced staff with a background in teaching and working in industry.

Y9: The department run Enterprise Challenge days where the whole year group work in small teams on a ‘Dragons Den’ pitch of a new idea. Representatives from local businesses work with the teams, sharing their own knowledge and judging the final presentations as ‘Dragons’. The winners present their new ideas to the Senior Management of Westwood.

Y10/11: BTEC First qualification is offered.

More details can be found by pressing the ‘GCSE Course Outline’ button below.

Y12/13: AS/A2 Business Studies is offered.

More details can be found by pressing the ‘Sixth Form Course Outline’ button below.

GCSE Course Outline
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