Business Studies at Newtownhamilton High School
Business Studies is an exciting and enjoyable subject which prepares you to become an effective employee or indeed an entrepreneur. It will help you to appreciate how the world around you functions and how you can contribute to it.
What will you study?
Business Studies is a modular subject, so you will sit an exam at the end of Year 11 and a 2nd exam at the end of Year 12.
Year 11 – Unit 1 (40%)
• Creating a business
• Business Operations
Year 12 – Unit 2 (40%)
• Human Resources
• Business Growth
Year 12 – Unit 3 (Controlled Assessment) (20%)
• Business Plan
You will be examined by end of term tests (internally set by the class teacher) at Christmas in both year 11 and 12. You will also be given a variety of homeworks throughout the year. They may be written, oral, research or presentation.
There are 2 external assessments - one will be taken at the end of Year 11 and is worth 40% and the other at the end of Year 12 and is worth 40%. You will also have to complete a controlled assessment which is worth 20%.
All Year 11 and 12 pupils who opt for CCEA GCSE Business Studies study 4 periods per week in the Computer Suite with access to 24 computers. A range of active learning strategies are used in conjunction with online activities.
Business Studies is an excellent subject to follow as everyone will ultimately end up working in a business or some form of an organisation. A qualification in this subject opens doors for many different areas of employment.
An enthusiastic Year 11 class were introduced to the subject of Business Studies through an auction. Through bidding for a variety of different products, under different conditions, pupils were introduced to the concepts of pricing, demand, supply, marketing and business ownership. Hannah certainly demonstrated her bidding skills and went home with a few nice products!
Following on from a very successful and enjoyable visit to Tesco (Newry), Year 12 Business Studies have commenced their Controlled Assessment Task. They are looking forward to the presentation by the Personnel Manager from Tesco as they investigate the different types of recruitment which their company uses and analyse the advantages and disadvantages. We would like to thank Shelagh and her team at Tesco for the tour and for the time they have spent with us so far.
Year 12 Business Studies pupils had the opportunity to visit Powertech Refrigeration Ltd to carry out research for their GCSE Controlled Assessment Task. During our visit David Smyth explained the type of work they are involved in as well as covering background information like factors of production, types of production, stakeholders, training and technology. Pupils got to see how some of the technology is used to show specific measurements and to create 3D models of the product which is very valuable when trying to win contracts or to explain to the customer what the final product will look like. David highlighted to pupils that innovation is key to the business and that they are constantly researching and evaluating their product and service and making improvements etc wherever they can. We would like to take this opportunity to especially thank David, Stuart, John and Ruth who took time out of their busy working day to speak with us and answer all our questions.