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Business Studies

The Business Studies Department is made up of a team of enthusiastic and experienced teachers. A popular subject at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, students that study Business Studies will develop knowledge and skills in, Marketing, Finance, Operations, Human Resources and develop a complex understanding of The Business Organisation. Students will learn about a ‘real world’ subject that can be applied to everyday life. Studying Business Studies is of great benefit to not only those intending to run a business one day, but also to the vast majority of us that will pursue a career in the business world.


Key Stage 4

TermYear 10Year 11
11- Business in the real world3 - Operations Management
22 - Influences on business5 - Finance
34 - Human Resources6 - Marketing

Assessment Information

Paper 1 – External 1hr 45 min examination at end of Year 11. Counts towards 50% of GCSE grade. 

Paper 2 – External 1hr 45 min examination at end of Year 11. Counts towards 50% of GCSE grade. 

Each paper contains multiple choice questions, data response questions and essay questions based upon an extended case study.


Key Stage 5

TermYear 12Year 13
1Unit 1 – What is Business
Unit 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making
Unit 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance
Unit 4 – Decision making to improve operational performance
Unit 7 – Analysing the strategic position of a business
Unit 9 – Strategic methods – How to pursue strategies
2Unit 5 – Decision making to improve financial performance
Unit 6 – Decision making to improve human resource performance
Unit 7 - Analysing the strategic position of a business
Unit 8 – Choosing strategic direction
Unit 10 – Managing strategic change
3Unit 5 - Decision making to improve financial performance
Revision
Revision

Assessment Information

AS (for students that leave at end of Year 12) – Paper 1 (written examination). 1hr 30mins. 50% of AS grade. Paper 2 (written exam). 1 hr 30mins. 50% of AS grade.

A2 (for those that complete both years of the A Level) – Paper 1 (written examination), 2hrs, 33.3% of A2 grade. Paper 2 (written exam), 2 hrs, 33.3% of A2 grade. Paper 3 (written exam), 2 hrs, 33.3% of A2 grade.


Useful Links

http://descbs.wix.com/dubai – Department Business Studies website that contains all important information and resources related to the study of Business at DESC.