Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Business Studies
Term 1 Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship   
Students are introduced to the dynamic nature of business in relation to how and why business ideas come about. They also explore the impact of risk and reward on business activity and the role of entrepreneurship.
Assessment: Students will sit an end of unit assessment based on exam questions. The areas assessed will be: - The dynamic nature of business -Risk and Reward -The role of business enterprise, Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity    
Students will explore how new and small businesses identify opportunities through understanding customer needs and conducting market research. They will also focus on understanding the competition in an industry and how it can influence stakeholders.
Assessment: Students will sit an end of unit assessment based on exam questions. The areas assessed will be: - Customer needs - Market Research - Market Segmentation - The competitive environment.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice   
This topic focuses on making a business idea happen through identifying aims and objectives. This topic also highlights the importance of finances within a business and how financial documents can help control spending and saving over time.
Assessment: Students will sit an end of unit assessment based on exam questions. The areas assessed will be: -Business aims and objectives -Business revenues, costs and profits -Cash and cash-flow -Sources of Business Finance Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Topic 1.4 Making the business effective   
Students will explore a range of factors that impact the success of different firms including location, marketing mix and business plans.
Assessment: Students will sit an end of unit assessment based on exam questions. The areas assessed will be: - The options for start-up and small businesses -Business Location -The marketing mix -Business Plans Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business   
Students are introduced to a range of factors, many of which are outside of the immediate control of the business, such as stakeholders, technology, legislation and the economy. Students will explore how businesses respond to these influences.
Assessment: Students will sit an end of unit assessment based on exam questions. The areas assessed will be: -Stakeholders -Technology and business -Legislation and business - The economy and business -External influences Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6 End of Year Examination and Topic 2.1 Growing the business   
The end of year 10 examination is based on all theme 1 content from terms 1-5. Teaching will then focus on theme 2. Students are introduced to methods of growth and why aims and objectives change over time. The impact of globalisation and the ethical and environmental questions facing businesses are explored.
Assessment: Students will sit a mock exam on all content covered in theme 1.Key Words and Terms
 

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