Business Studies

Business Studies

Business Studies as a subject provides students with a direct insight into the world of work.  It is practical, applied and exciting.  In the Business Studies department we offer a variety of courses which will be best matched to the pupil’s abilities including:

  • CCEA GCSE Business Studies
  • CCEA Occupational Studies
  • OCR Entry Level Business Studies
  • OCR Life and Living Skills

Mini Company/Young Enterprise

In all aspects of modern day life the application of Business Studies has become increasingly relevant and in recent years, TV programmes such as ‘The Dragons Den’, ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Risking it All’ have encouraged many to set up their own business.  Every year a group of Business Studies students have the exciting opportunity to set up and run a mini company within school in conjunction with the Young Enterprise Programme.  This is a vibrant activity and utilises and develops a lot of important skills such as teamwork, communication, creative ideas, problem solving and effective decision making in order to achieve results. 

Throughout the year the team will mentored by a business adviser who comes into school once a week to offer our pupils the benefit of their business experience and to support them as they make the decisions necessary to run and operate an effective business.

Towards the end of the year the team will participate in the Team Young Enterprise Programme competition for which they have to prepare a five minute presentation and a business report which are then judged by a panel of business people. The overall winner of the Belfast and Castlereagh region progresses to the finals which is a black tie event in Belfast City Hall.  Last year our pupils won the best Team programme for Belfast and Castlereagh region so the pressure is on for this year! 

Our mini-company this year  is called Forget-Me-Not and will be making hand-made luxury cards and clay gifts so watch this space!  The recruitment process is about to commence and there has been lots of chat among pupils about which job they would like to apply for.  Interviews will be held in a few weeks…more details to follow!