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Business Studies

Curriculum Intent - Business Studies:

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming” (Richard Branson). Whether students decide to start their own business, or work for one as an employee, what is true is that all students will interact with a business on a daily basis in their adult life. Because of this, it is of the highest importance that students are given the skills knowledge and understanding to take the business opportunities that will be presented to them throughout their life

At Liskeard, the business curriculum aims to develop not only a theoretical understanding of how businesses work, but also to encourage students to think about the wider issues involved and how it directly affects them, through use of a knowledge curriculum utilising up-to-date case studies. This ensures the curriculum is relevant to students, whether they go onto start their own business or not, as the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course will be important to them if they end up being employed by someone else. In all cases, it also prepares students for a lifetime of interaction with businesses as a consumer themselves.

In addition to the theoretical elements, the business programme of study at Liskeard aims to develop a number of key skills needed in both business and work in general, helping prepare students for life beyond school.

Curriculum Overview Business

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 Business at Liskeard School and Community College is taught at KS4 and KS5 only. At KS3, Business is explored as part of the curriculum of other subject areas
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10 Business Basics Understanding Customers Running the Business External Influences
Year 11 Growing a Business Marketing Operations Finances Human Resources Revision and Exams
Year 12 Theme 1 Meeting Customer Needs The Market Marketing Mix and Strategy Managing People Entrepreneurs and Leaders
Theme 2 Raising Finance Financial Planning Managing Finance Resource Management External Influences
Year 13 Theme 3 Theme 4 Revision and Exams
  Influences on Business Decisions Business Objectives and strategy Business Growth Decision-Making Techniques Assessing Competitiveness Managing Change Globalisation Global Markets and Business Expansion Global Marketing Global Industries and Companies

Note: At year 12, Theme 1 and Theme are taught concurrently (e.g. students will study ‘Meeting Customer Needs’ and ‘Raising Finance’ at the same time. At year 13, Theme 3 is taught in its entirety and followed by Theme 4.