Business Studies

Why do we study Business at Christ’s College?

Ethos
The impact of business on our world is unquestionable, and an understanding of how businesses operate is crucial to making some sense of the complex society we live in. Here at Christ’s College, we believe that the Business curriculum gives students the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of entrepreneurship as they engage in the development of and tackle the challenges of a new business start-up.  Our Christian ethos underpins the Business curriculum allowing our students the opportunity to critically reflect on the impact that business decisions can have on a wide spectrum of stakeholders locally, nationally, and globally.

Curriculum
At Christ’s College we understand the importance of Business and how this is reflected in our every day lives. Our aim is to deliver a high-quality curriculum to equip students with the confidence to develop and utilise a range of skills including communication, problem solving and leadership, alongside understanding key literacy for Business. Whether students choose to go down the path of becoming an entrepreneur, or work in a Business focussed industry, the intention of our curriculum is to develop the students creative, analytical and presentation skills to secure their success.

We aim to pursue a strong understanding of how businesses whether they be local, national or international can affect the world we live in. The elements of knowledge students gain from this help to shape the businesses of the future. Substantive knowledge is developed to secure understanding of key areas of business in Marketing, Operations, HR and Businesses in the Real World.

Disciplinary knowledge (Financial literacy for Business) is embedded into each topic and are re-visited and developed throughout the program of study. We encourage the development and use a range of skills including observations, planning, investigating, and testing models, as well as being encouraged to become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their business structure-based questions.

Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning is used to communicate ideas. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of business terminology.

Community
Where possible the Business curriculum makes links to the local context of Sunderland and the surrounding areas, including but not limited to the use of technology and business in manufacturing such as Nissan.

Linking to local, national, and multi-national businesses is paramount in promoting this subject to all students. This helps show students that all avenues are possible no matter what gender, background, or ability you can succeed.

It is the aim of Christ’s College to offer our students enrichment opportunities including careers fairs, enrichment clubs, visits to nearby universities and talks from local successful people in industry.

We endeavour to ensure that the curriculum we provide gives our students the skills, knowledge, confidence, and drive to continue to develop their learning in the next stages of their life journey.

Character
Character development is also a vital part of our school ethos; we aim to ensure our students are Valued, Challenged, and Inspired in their learning alongside developing their character through our virtues of Love, Wisdom, Fairness, Self-Control, Courage, Humility, and Integrity. We also endeavour to develop students Curiosity, Independence, Resilience, Passion, Perseverance and Social Intelligence.

 

Subject Staff
Secondary Faculty Lead & Teacher: Mr C Williams

 

Curriculum Overview
Year 10 & 11