Balcarras

Business and Economics

 BusinessThe Business and Economics department is a vibrant and enthusiastic team of four full time teachers.

Curriculum map Year 10 Business

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Section 1: Business activity

Section 1: Business activity

Section 5: Marketing

Section 5: Marketing

Section 3: Business operations

Section 3: Business operations

1.1   The nature of business activity

1.5  Business aims and objectives

5.1  Identifying and understanding customers

5.4  Product

3.1  Methods of production

3.3  Supply chain

1.2  Providing goods and services

1.6  Business ownership

5.2  Market research

5.5 Price

 

3.2  Quality

3.4  Sales process

1.3  Business enterprise

1.7  Business growth

5.3  The marketing mix

5.6 Promotion

Revision

 

Revision

1.4  Business planning

1.8  Business location and site

 

 

5.7 Place

 

Exam Technique

Exam Technique

Curriculum map Year 11 Business

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Section 6: Human resources

Section 4: Finance

Section 4: Finance

Section 2: Influences on business

Revsion

 

Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.1  Recruitment

4.1  Sources of finance

4.4  Cash-flow

2.4  Economic influence on business activity

Exam technique

6.2  Training

4.2 Revenue and costs

4.5  Financial performance

2.5  The impact of globalisation on businesses

Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.3  Motivation

4.3  Profit and loss accounts (income statements)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 2: Influences on business

2.6  The impact of legislation on businesses

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.4  Organisational structures

2.1  Technological influence on business activity

6.5  The interdependent nature of business

 

 

 

 

2.2  Ethical influence on business activity

2.3  Environmental influence on business activity

Curriculum map Year 12 Business

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

 Summer 2

3.1.1 What is Business

3.1.1 What is Business

3.1.3 Decision making and marketing performance

3.1.4   Decision making to improve Operational Performance

Revision

Year 12 Mocks

3.1.2 Managers Leaders & Decision Making

3.1.6   Decision making to improve HR Performance

Essay Writing Technique

3.1.5   Decision making to improve Financial Performance

Exam Technique

Year 13 Research Project

Curriculum map Year 13 Business

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

3.1.7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

3.1.7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

3.1.7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

Year 12 Revision Topics

Year 13 Revision Topics

Exams

3.1.9  How to pursue strategies

3.1.8 Choosing Strategic Direction

3.1.10 Managing Strategic Change

Essay Technique

Essay Technique

 

Curriculum map Year 12 Economics

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

4.1.1 Economic methodology and the economic problem

4.1.3 Price determination in a competitive market

4.1.8   The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

4.1.4 Production, costs and revenue

4.1.2 Individual economic decision-making

Revsion

4.1.1.1

Economic methodology

4.1.3.3

The determinants of the supply of goods and services

4.1.8.6

Market imperfections

4.1.4.1

Production and productivity

4.1.2.1

Consumer behaviour

Exam technique

4.1.1.2

The nature and purpose of economic activity

4.1.3.4

Price elasticity of supply

4.1.8.9

Government intervention in markets

(indirect tax, subsidies, price controls, state provision and regulation, 

the extension of property rights and pollution permits)

4.1.4.2

Specialisation, division of labour and exchange

4.1.2.2

Imperfect information

Y13 preparation project

 

 

 

 

4.1.1.3

Economic resources

4.1.3.5

The determination of equilibrium market prices

4.1.4.3

The law of diminishing returns and returns to scale

4.1.2.3

Aspects of behavioural economic theory

4.1.1.4

Scarcity, choice and the allocation of resources

4.1.3.6

The interrelationship between markets

4.1.4.4

Costs of production

4.1.2.4

Behavioural economics and economic policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1.1.5

Production possibility diagrams

 

 

4.1.8   The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

4.1.8.10    

Government failure

 

 

4.1.4.5

Economies and diseconomies of scale

 

4.1.3 Price determination in a competitive market

4.1.8.1

How markets and prices allocate resources

Essay writing technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 4.1.4.6

Marginal, average and total revenue

4.1.3.1

The determinants of the demand for goods and services

4.1.8.2      

Market failure

4.1.4.7

Profit

 

 

 

 

4.1.3.2

Price, income and cross elasticities of demand

 

 

 

 

4.1.8.3

Public goods, private goods and quasi-public goods

4.1.4.8

Technological change

4.1.8.4

Positive and negative externalities in consumption and production

4.1.8.5

Merit and demerit goods

Curriculum map Year 13 Economics

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

4.1.5

Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly

4.1.5

Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly

4.1.6 

The labour market

4.1.7  

The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality

Revision

 

Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1.5.1

Market structures

4.1.5.7

Price discrimination

4.1.6.1

The demand for labour, marginal productivity theory

4.1.7.1

The distribution of income and wealth

Exam technique

4.1.5.2

The objectives of firms

4.1.5.8

The dynamics of competition and competitive market processes

4.1.6.2

Influences on the supply of labour to different markets

4.1.7.2

The problem of poverty

Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1.5.3

Perfect competition

4.1.5.9

Contestable and non-contestable markets

4.1.6.3

The determination of relative wage rates and levels of employment in perfectly competitive labour markets

4.1.7.3

Government policies re. poverty and the distribution of income and wealth

 

 

4.1.5.4

Monopolistic competition

4.1.5.11   

Consumer and producer surplus

4.1.6.4

The determination of relative wage rates and levels of employment in imperfectly competitive labour markets

4.1.5.5

Oligopoly

 4.1.8 

The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets 

4.1.6.5

The influence of trade unions in determining wages and levels of employment

Paper 3 coaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1.5.6

Monopoly and monopoly power

4.1.8.7

Competition policy

4.1.6.6

The National Minimum Wage

4.1.5.10    

Static efficiency, dynamic efficiency and resource allocation 

 

4.1.8.8

Public ownership, privatisation, regulation and deregulation of markets

4.1.6.7

Discrimination in the labour market

Mr Luke Perry was promoted to head of department in 2015 and the department has continued to perform well at all levels.

Luke started his career in corporate treasury and worked at Hewlett Packard for 5 years as a treasury analyst. He now has 15 years’ experience at Balcarras and has been in charge of the Enterprise activities since 2008. During this time Balcarras has been Gloucestershire champions on ten occasions and in 2012 we represented the UK at the European Finals in Bucharest. Luke is a keen footballer despite supporting Aston Villa and he is captain of the impressive staff football team.

Mr Fivash joined the team in 2015 and has a number of other responsibilities such as leading the stretch and challenge programme within school. Nick spent many years in industry working for companies such as KPMG as a chartered accountant. He has been a great addition to the department and his cool and calm approach is valued by students. Nick is a keen golfer and avid West Ham fan.

Mr Andrew Prophett is the most experienced member of the department and his expertise is in macroeconomics. The results in this area have been outstanding in recent years and are some of the best results in the sixth form. Andy is a keen runner and has represented TEAM GB as a veteran.

Mr Goddard is the latest addition to the team and joined in 2020 as a result of the growing numbers that take Business at GCSE and A Level. Jack was appointed after impressing as a trainee teacher at Balcarras and he has been a great addition to the team. He is a regarded as the most talented footballer on the staff and his silky skills are similar to that of his idol Mohammed Salah.

GCSE 

GCSE Business studies is a very popular subject at Balcarras. We have five groups in both year 10 and 11 which gives us in excess of 230 students studying GCSE Business over the two year groups.  Students complete the WJEC syllabus which will involve two exams and no coursework from next year.

A level  

At A level, the department offers 2 courses; AQA Economics and AQA Business Studies. Both of these courses are very popular with over 160 students within the department at sixth form level. A number of students take both subjects which is becoming more popular. A number of our students who took both subjects last year have gone on to Russell group universities.

The department is working on improving the e-provision for students and the Business and Economics pages include the materials that are relevant for students such as past papers, RSS feeds, specifications and homework’s. The A Level business specification puts more focus on the students understanding of the business world and their examples are essential if they are to achieve the highest marks.

The department is working on improving the e-provision for students and the Business and Economics pages include the materials that are relevant for students such as past papers, RSS feeds, specifications and homework’s. The A2 business specification puts a major focus on the students understanding of the business world and their examples are essential if they are to achieve the highest marks.